A potential remedy for rheumatoid arthritis may be found in this Ayurvedic medicine
(Natural News) The classical Ayurveda medicinal system offers a potential remedy for the often crippling pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Indian researchers recently tested the efficacy of two Ayurvedic medicines – Bhallatakadi Churna with guda and Bhallatak guggulu – in relieving the painful symptoms of the chronic autoimmune disease. Ayurveda describes rheumatoid arthritis as “Amavata.” Over... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yoga reduces pain in people with chronic non-specific lower back pain
(Natural News) Chronic non-specific lower back pain, a condition affecting thousands of people, is often treated using over-the-counter medicines that can do more harm than good. But did you know that there are safer and more effective natural treatments available for this condition? Studies have suggested that yoga is an effective way to treat chronic non-specific... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chronic pain can be reduced with multiple electroacupuncture sessions
(Natural News) Chronic neuropathic pain can be significantly reduced with repeated electroacupuncture (EA). This was the conclusion of a recent study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Researchers behind the study say that their data suggest a potential use of this modern take on a natural medicine. Recent evidence has found that glial cell... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chronic Pain Treatment Coverage Varies Widely
(MedPage Today) -- Insurers may be missing opportunities to give patients non-opioid options (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Clinical Comorbidities Up After Arthroscopic Hip Surgery
Increases seen in mental health disorders, chronic pain, substance use disorders, heart disorders (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - October 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Surgery, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

Yes, You Should Get a Flu Shot in 2018. Here ’s Everything to Know
The 2017-2018 flu season was a bad one. The dominant viral strain, H3N2, was a particularly severe form of influenza, leading to widespread and serious illness across the country. The flu and its complications killed around 80,000 people last year, the CDC estimates, including 180 children. That’s the highest flu death toll in four decades. Experts say early indications suggest that this year’s flu season will be milder, but the memory of last winter should still serve as motivation to get the flu shot this fall. Here’s what you need to know about the 2018 flu shot. When should I get the flu shot? The CD...
Source: TIME: Health - October 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight The MAReport: the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter is now available! This quarter, Executive Director Kate Flewelling wrote about how the National Library of Medicine and National Network of Libraries of Medicine are responding to the opioid crisis, including details on a new class that will be offered for the first time on November 28. National Network of Libraries of Medicine News Funding Applications Due: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community-based organizations, ...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - October 5, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Efficacy of internet-delivered mindfulness for improving depression in caregivers of people with spinal cord injuries and chronic neuropathic pain; a randomized controlled feasibility trial - Hearn JH, Cotter I, Finlay KA.
OBJECTIVES: To explore the feasibility and efficacy of web-based mindfulness training for carers of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) DESIGN: Randomized controlled feasibility study with three-month follow-up. SETTING: Community setting. PARTICIPANTS: S... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Brain Scans Suggest Pain of Fibromyalgia Isn't Imaginary
Title: Brain Scans Suggest Pain of Fibromyalgia Isn't ImaginaryCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/4/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/5/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - October 5, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Don't Blame Obamacare for the Opioid Crisis: Study
Title: Don't Blame Obamacare for the Opioid Crisis: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/4/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/5/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - October 5, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Common Painkiller Not Effective for Traumatic Nerve Injury
A new study out today in the Journal of Neurology finds that pregabalin is not effective in controlling the chronic pain that sometimes develops following traumatic nerve injury. The results of the international study, which was driven by an effort to identify effective non-opioid pain medications, did show potential in relieving in pain that sometimes lingers after surgery. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - October 5, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia Pain Is Real, Brain Scans Suggest
People with fibromyalgia had more brain inflammation than healthy people, according to a study published recently in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. It’s a finding researchers say could be a bright spot for often-stigmatized people with the chronic pain condition (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brain Scans Suggest Pain of Fibromyalgia Isn't Imaginary
People with fibromyalgia had more brain inflammation than healthy people, according to a study published recently in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. It’s a finding researchers say could be a bright spot for often-stigmatized people with the chronic pain condition (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SPR Therapeutics wins $10m from the DoD
SPR Therapeutics said yesterday it received $10 million from two new grants and a contract from the US Dept. of Defense, all to support its percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation therapy intended as a non-opioid pain relief therapy for both acute and chronic pain. The new awards bring the total number of grants and contracts the Cleveland, Ohio-based company has received up to $30 million. “The need among pain management physicians for non-opioid, minimally invasive and user-friendly treatment options is great. The funding provided by the Defense Department will provide additional data and insight regarding t...
Source: Mass Device - October 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Clinical Trials Pain Management SPR Therapeutics Source Type: news

U.S. hospitals overrun by babies dependent on opioids
(Natural News) Opioids are a class of strong prescription painkillers which are incredibly addictive. Initially prescribed as a pain management tool for cancer sufferers, in the early 1990s drug giant Purdue Pharma started aggressively pitching them to doctors as an effective treatment for chronic pain. In just six years, prescriptions for Purdue’s star product – OxyContin... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chronic Pain? Substitute Marijuana for Opioids Chronic Pain? Substitute Marijuana for Opioids
A new law promotes the use of marijuana for chronic pain in place of traditional pain medications, in hopes of preventing opioid abuse.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

For Pain Relief, Why Not Try Drug-Free Alternatives
Title: For Pain Relief, Why Not Try Drug-Free AlternativesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/2/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/2/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - October 2, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

3 New Genes Linked to Chronic Back Pain
Researchers have identified three genes that play a role in chronic back pain. The findings could shed new light the causes and lead to new treatments for back pain, which is the leading cause of disability around the world. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ASK DR ELLIE CANNON: Pain pills got rid of my sciatica... but they've given me headaches
This week Dr ELLIE CANNON hears from someone who was prescribed pregabalin for her sciatica but now suffers from chronic headaches. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chronic back pain could be in our genes, say scientists
BACKACHE may be down to our genes, research has revealed. Three mutations linked to the world ’s leading cause of disability have been identified by scientists in a breakthrough that could lead to new therapies. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Has Opioid Access Become Too Restrictive? Has Opioid Access Become Too Restrictive?
Patients and doctors say that in responding to one crisis, authorities have created another among chronic pain sufferers. For many, the consequences have been dire.Medscape Public Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Article Source Type: news

Study: Electroacupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic pain
(Natural News) Glial cells are considered to be crucial components of the central nervous system. They do not conduct electrical impulses, such as with neurons, but instead act as a support system for and the insulation between them. Dysregulation among glial cells is noted to be the main factor in neuropathic pain and its associated... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hernia mesh complications 'affect more than 100,000'
Jen Coles had to use a cane to walk following her mesh implant, which left her in chronic pain. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyrica ineffective for chronic pain from traumatic nerve injury
The common painkiller pregabalin, marketed as Lyrica, was ineffective at controlling chronic pain after traumatic nerve injury, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Links Between Gluten And Diabetes, Air Pollution And Dementia
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Gluten intolerance is a sensitivity to a family of proteins found in grains like wheat, rye and barley. It can cause symptoms that include bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation. It now seems that gluten can affect more than just the person who eats it, reports Dr. Max Gomez. Danish scientists, after analyzing data from thousands of pregnant women, say a high gluten diet may put offspring at higher risk for type 1 diabetes. Doctors say children of women with the highest intake of wheat, rye, and barley proteins had double the diabetes risk. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Dementia diabetes awareness Source Type: news

October 2018
Managing Pain : Moving Beyond Opioids Pain in the Ear : Fending off Ear Infections Dr. David Williams on Managing Chronic Pain Birthing Options for Full-Term Pregnancy What Are Electronic Cigarettes? Lab Test Information (Source: NIH News in Health)
Source: NIH News in Health - September 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Value of Invasive Procedures for Knee, Back Pain Questioned Value of Invasive Procedures for Knee, Back Pain Questioned
A new meta-analysis provides little evidence to support use of invasive interventional procedures for chronic knee and low back pain, researchers conclude.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

What Causes Hyperkalemia?
Discussion Potassium (K+) is an alkali metal (Group 1 of periodic table with Hydrogen, Lithium and Sodium) with an anatomic number of 19. Its chemical symbol K, comes from the medieval Latin, kalium which means potash (mainly potassium carbonate or potassium hydroxide), the substance it was first isolated from. Potassium is an important cation and it mainly resides in the intracellular fluid with only a small amount in the extracellular fluid. Potassium regulates cell volume, pH and enzyme functions. Hyperkalemia is defined as a potassium level> 5.5 mEq/L in children and> 6.0 mEq/L in newborns. Hyperkalemia incre...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 24, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Could video games help treat chronic back pain?
A recent study concludes that a special type of video game could be used to successfully reduce chronic low back pain at a patient's home. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Back Pain Source Type: news

The cabbage tree relieves pain and inflammation without any of the side effects caused by conventional drugs
(Natural News) A local tree has captured the interest of Ethiopian researchers for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities. They reported that the leaves of the cabbage tree (Moringa stenopetala) could relieve disease-induced inflammation and pain without causing adverse side effects attributed to pharmaceutical drugs. Both inflammation and pain can cause severe problems if left untreated. Acute, chronic,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New findings on chronic pain syndrome in the mouth
(University of Gothenburg) The picture is becoming clearer regarding the chronic oral pain condition known as Burning Mouth Syndrome, or BMS, which mainly affects women who are middle-aged and older. In a dissertation at Sahlgrenska Academy, additional steps are being taken toward better diagnosis and treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Grants To Study Behavioral Interventions for Opioid Addiction and Recovery
Overdose deaths, opioid misuse, addiction to prescription opioids or to illicit drugs such as heroin, and chronic pain management are tough problems that are often related to each other. Together, they form a daunting public health crisis that is of great concern and significance to many in the United States, including the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and much of the National Institutes of Health  (NIH).  (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - September 20, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Robin Boineau, M.D. Source Type: news

In Older Adults, Arthritis Strikes the Depressed (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Treatments are lacking for the affective component of chronic pain (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - September 20, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

At War: What Dating Is Like When Medication Kills Your Libido
A Marine veteran shares the struggles of dating while on medication for his service-related PTSD and chronic pain. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JASON ARMENT Tags: Dating and Relationships Viagra (Drug) Veterans Tinder (Mobile App) Source Type: news

At War: I ’ m a Veteran With PTSD. The Medication I Take Makes Dating Difficult.
A Marine veteran shares the struggles of dating while on medication for his service-related PTSD and chronic pain. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JASON ARMENT Tags: Dating and Relationships Viagra (Drug) Veterans Tinder (Mobile App) Source Type: news

Reports Warn of Growing Opioid Crisis Among Seniors
Title: Reports Warn of Growing Opioid Crisis Among SeniorsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/19/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/20/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - September 20, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Chronic Pain Now Affects 50 Million US Adults Chronic Pain Now Affects 50 Million US Adults
A new CDC report notes that about 50 million Americans are experiencing chronic pain and that 20 million have'high-impact'chronic pain that interferes with life or work activities.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Video game exercises ‘can help treat chronic lower back pain’
Home video-game exercises can reduce chronic lower back pain in older people by a level comparable to benefits gained under programmes supervised by a physiotherapist, a study has found. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pelzman's Picks: Chronic Pain and Suicide
(MedPage Today) -- Also, how should hospital quality be assessed? (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - September 18, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

'I feel betrayed by my company': TTC subway operator barred while using medicinal cannabis
A subway operator says she’s been forced off medicinal cannabis by the TTC and back on opioids, even though her doctor thinks cannabis is the best treatment for her chronic pain from two herniated discs in her lower back and fibromyalgia. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

'I feel betrayed by my company': TTC subway operator barred while using medicinal cannabis
A TTC employee says she's back on opioids because her employer told her she can't use medical marijuana and remain as a subway operator, even though her doctor thinks cannabis is the best treatment for her chronic pain. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

'I feel betrayed by my company': Subway operator barred while using medicinal cannabis
A TTC employee says she's back on opioids because her employer told her she can't use medical marijuana and remain as a subway operator, even though her doctor thinks cannabis is the best treatment for her chronic pain. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Breast Implant Study Should Be Taken with a Grain of Salt, FDA Says
A study linking silicone gel-filled breast implants with several rare diseases should be viewed with caution, according to FDA. The authors of the study, published last week in the Annals of Surgery, say they looked at data from nearly 100,000 breast implant procedures gleaned from FDA-mandated postmarket studies for implants made by Johnson & Johnson's Mentor business, and by Allergan. The analysis showed that silicone implants are associated with higher rates of  Sjögren syndrome, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, stillbirth, and melanoma. The researchers reported that 56% of the...
Source: MDDI - September 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Implants Source Type: news

1 in 12 Americans Lives With Debilitating Chronic Pain
Title: 1 in 12 Americans Lives With Debilitating Chronic PainCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/14/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/17/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - September 17, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Piriformis Syndrome
Title: Piriformis SyndromeCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/10/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/17/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - September 17, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

More women than men veterans with chronic pain use therapies like yoga and acupuncture
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) A major shift in practice by the VA means that therapies such as meditation and yoga are being offered to VA patients as non-drug approaches for pain management, says Elizabeth Evans of UMass Amherst, who studied their use by gender among veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What Type of Conservative Treatments Can Help for Plantar Fasciitis?
Discussion The plantar fascia consists of 3 bands of dense connective tissue that originates in the medical calcaneal tubercle and inserts into the base of each of the 5 proximal phalyanxes in a fan-shaped distribution. It acts as a shock absorber and reinforces the medial longitudinal arch as the foot undergoes forward propulsion. The -itis in plantar fasciitis (PF) is a misnomer as it is not an acute inflammation but is a chronic degenerative process involving the plantar fascia aponeurosis of the foot usually at the medial tubercle of the calcaneous. Repetitive strain seems to cause microtearing which then causes a repa...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 17, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Chronic pain and the power of placebo
The placebo effect is stronger in some people than in others. A new study unlocks the psychological and neuroanatomical differences between these people. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pain / Anesthetics Source Type: news

Comprehensive study suggests the efficacy of yoga and physical therapy in treating chronic lower back pain
(Natural News) If you have lower back pain, you may want to consider taking yoga as an option, aside from physical therapy: A study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine has found that yoga is as effective as physical therapy in treating chronic lower back pain. Researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) conducted the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1 in 12 in U.S. Lives With Intrusive Chronic Pain
Chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain – the kind that keeps people from life’s daily activities – affect 1 in 12 Americans, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news