Medical Cannabis May Initially Aid Sleep in Chronic Pain Patients
TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 -- For patients with chronic pain, medical cannabis (MC) use has a positive effect on maintaining sleep; however, cannabinoids do not appear to reduce cancer pain, according to a study and review published online Jan. 20 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cognitive Behavioral Program Benefits Patients With Diabetes
TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 -- A peer-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based intervention may improve quality of life (QOL) among patients with diabetes and chronic pain, according to a study published in the January/February issue of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Medicinal cannabis may not ease sleep problems in people with chronic pain
Researchers at the University of Israel assessed the sleep quality and levels of pain of 128 people over 50 being treated at a specialist clinic. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nevro Names Donald A. Middlebrook to Lead Clinical, Regulatory and Quality
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 20, 2020 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Nevro Corp. (NYSE: NVRO), a global medical device company that is providing innovative, evidence-based solutions for the treatment of chronic pain, today announced that Donal... Devices, Neurology, Personnel Nevro Corp, Senza Omnia, Spinal Cord Stimulation, HF10 therapy (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - January 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The unholy trinity: childhood trauma, adulthood anxiety, and long-term pain - Kascakova N, Furstova J, Hasto J, Madarasova Geckova A, Tavel P.
BACKGROUND: Childhood trauma is considered to be a risk factor for developing anxiety as well as chronic pain. The aim of this study was to assess the association between childhood trauma and reporting anxiety and long-term pain conditions in the general a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Medicinal cannabis may not ease sleep problems in the long run
(BMJ) Medicinal cannabis might not ease sleep problems in people with chronic pain over the long term, because frequent users might build up tolerance to its sleep-inducing effects, suggests preliminary research published online in BMJ Supportive& Palliative Care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Impact of opioid dose escalation on the development of substance use disorders, accidents, self-inflicted injuries, opioid overdoses and alcohol and non-opioid drug-related overdoses: a retrospective cohort study - Hayes CJ, Krebs EE, Hudson T, Brown J, Li C, Martin BC.
AIM: To understand the potential harmful effects of dose escalation among patients with chronic, non-cancer pain (CNCP) on chronic opioid therapy. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: United States Veterans Healthcare Administration. PARTIC... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Virtual Reality Can Bring Real-Life Pain
Title: Virtual Reality Can Bring Real-Life PainCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - January 17, 2020 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Nerve Stimulation Therapy Could Cut Fibromyalgia Pain
Title: Nerve Stimulation Therapy Could Cut Fibromyalgia PainCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - January 17, 2020 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Gun violence linked to higher rates of chronic pain, PTSD than car accidents
People injured as a result of gun violence in the United States have higher rates of chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and other physical and mental health problems than those hurt in motor vehicle crashes. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patients with newly diagnosed chronic musculoskeletal pain are prescribed opioids more often than recommended
[em]NIH study shows treatment recommendations impacted by patient and physician  factors[/em]Study finds that patients experiencing new chronic musculoskeletal pain are prescribed opioids more often than physical therapy, counseling, and other nonpharmacologic approaches. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 16, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

When It Comes to Some Medical Treatment, Researchers Find Less Is More
Beyond its effects on the body, medical care can be a balm for the mind. Extensive treatment can feel like a promise that doctors have done everything possible. But that perceived security can come at a high price. As health costs soar, patients are emptying their pockets for care that may not make them healthier, research suggests. Last year, a 5,000-person trial showed that for patients with chronic but stable heart disease, surgical procedures such as stenting and bypass did not reduce the risk of heart attack or death more than lifestyle interventions and medication. Even patients with extensive damage did not, on aver...
Source: TIME: Health - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Surgery Source Type: news

Nerve Stimulation Therapy Could Cut Fibromyalgia Pain
THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 -- For people with the mysterious chronic pain condition fibromyalgia, researchers say nerve stimulation may offer some relief. In a recent study, use of TENS -- transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation -- during movement... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 16, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Focus on opioids and cannabis in chronic pain media coverage
(University of Otago) New Zealand media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why are opioids still given for chronic pain?
Opioids work only for some with long-term pain - so why are they still being given to patients? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nonpharmacologic Therapies Can Improve Chronic Pain Outcomes
A review of military health records has found that veterans who received nonpharmacologic therapies to manage chronic pain are less likely than those who did not to experience long-term adverse outcomes. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Closed-Loop Stimulation More Effective for Chronic Back, Leg Pain Closed-Loop Stimulation More Effective for Chronic Back, Leg Pain
Closed-loop spinal cord stimulation produces greater reductions in pain and medication use in patients with chronic, intractable back and leg pain than does open-loop stimulation, a new randomized controlled trial shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - January 15, 2020 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Anesthesiology News Source Type: news

Its opioid dissed by FDA advisors, S.F. drugmaker abandons program
A rejection of its experimental pain drug Tuesday forced Nektar Therapeutics Inc. to dump the program. In a rare indisputable rejection, two Food and Drug Administration advisory committees voted 27-0 to recommend that the FDA not approve the San Francisco company's oxycodegol, a slow-acting opioid aimed at chronic lower back pain. The FDA isn't required to live by the advisory committees' recomme ndation, but six hours later Nektar (NASDAQ: NKTR) said it would withdraw its approval request and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Nektar withdraws application for opioid painkiller after FDA panel's vote
Nektar Therapeutics said on Tuesday it was withdrawing the application for its opioid painkiller for adults with chronic low back pain, after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel unanimously voted against the drug's approval. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

U.S. FDA panel votes against approval of Nektar's opioid painkiller
Independent advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday unanimously voted against Nektar Therapeutics' opioid painkiller for adults with chronic low back pain, sending the drug developer's shares down 12% in extended trading. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Buprenorphine Safer for OUD, Chronic Pain in the Elderly? Buprenorphine Safer for OUD, Chronic Pain in the Elderly?
For older individuals with opioid use disorder resulting from treatment of chronic pain, buprenorphine may be a safer pain management alternative, new research suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - January 14, 2020 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Sciatica Exercises
Title: Sciatica ExercisesCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - January 13, 2020 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Researchers find minimally invasive procedure to treat chronic Achilles tendon disorder improves patient outcomes and reduces recovery time
(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) A minimally invasive procedure to treat a common foot and ankle disorder can reduce pain, recovery time, and postsurgery complications while improving functional outcomes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study Explores Clinical Management of New Cases of Musculoskeletal Pain
Contrary to practice guidelines, many patients are initially prescribed opioids for a new chronic musculoskeletal pain problem. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 10, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Sickle Cell Disease (Anemia)
Title: Sickle Cell Disease (Anemia)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/10/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - January 10, 2020 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

New possible strategy for treating chronic pain due to burns may help sufferers including veterans
(The Physiological Society) New research shows how second-degree burns cause hard-to-treat chronic pain, and this understanding may be key to treating these complications, common in war veterans This research, published in Physiological Reports, suggests that burns cause changes to neurons in multiple parts of the spinal cord, even far from the injury site, which can contribute to chronic pain and other long-term complications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Chronic pain and depression in low back (spinal) injured patients - Zepinic V, Kuzmanovski B.
Depression caused by physical dysfunction and associated symptoms as the aftermath of the low back (spinal) injury is commonly undiagnosed and untreated. In this paper, based on our clinical experience, we have described a relation between depression and l... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Paracetamol for pain in adults
This article summarises the evidence for paracetamol, and contains tips for patients. It advises that the evidence for using paracetamol for chronic pain is insufficient, and that dose adjustment is required in older frail patients and in those (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shifting clinic culture to address the opioid epidemic
(Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus) At a family medicine clinic in the Boston area, a team led by faculty from Tufts University School of Medicine conducted a five-year case study where they found medical facilities can help physicians to treat chronic pain in a way that will deter opioid misuse, while creating better processes to identify and treat patients who develop an opioid use disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen for Pain (Differences in Side Effects and Dosage)
Title: Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen for Pain (Differences in Side Effects and Dosage)Category: MedicationsCreated: 12/11/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/7/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - January 7, 2020 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

State-specific prevalence and characteristics of frequent mental distress and history of depression diagnosis among adults with arthritis - United States, 2017 - Price JD, Barbour KE, Liu Y, Lu H, Amerson NL, Murphy LB, Helmick CG, Calanan RM, Sandoval-Rosario M, Samanic CM, Greenlund KJ, Thomas CW.
What is already known about this topic? Persons with arthritis have unique challenges because the interplay between anxiety, depression, and chronic pain is cyclical, with each having the potential to exacerbate the others. What is added by this ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Medical Discovery 101: Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) mostly caused by consuming chemicalized food 
(Natural News) Got chronic widespread pain from an overactive nervous system? If you’re answer is yes, then you’ve been consuming chemicals. Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is commonly characterized by doctors very vaguely in an effort to prescribe their patients useless and harmful medications that do nothing to solve the “disorder,” which, believe it or not, is... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gene Therapy May Be Long-Term Cure for Type of Hemophilia
Title: Gene Therapy May Be Long-Term Cure for Type of HemophiliaCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/2/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/3/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - January 3, 2020 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Don't Believe Online Claims for Pot's 'Benefits'
Title: Don't Believe Online Claims for Pot's 'Benefits'Category: Health NewsCreated: 1/2/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/3/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - January 3, 2020 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Veterans benefit from pain treatment without drugs
A new study sees fewer post-treatment complications among returning military service personnel with chronic pain who received nondrug therapy. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pain / Anesthetics Source Type: news

3 Easy Deskside Stretches to Keep Muscle Pain at Bay
Title: 3 Easy Deskside Stretches to Keep Muscle Pain at BayCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/2/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/2/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - January 2, 2020 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Association between chronic pain and physical frailty in community-dwelling older adults - Nakai Y, Makizako H, Kiyama R, Tomioka K, Taniguchi Y, Kubozono T, Takenaka T, Ohishi M.
Seven participants had a diagnosis of dementia; the number of excluded participants differed based on different exclusion processes, and there was missing data of one participant with a dementia diagnosis [...]. Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

In Rural Areas Without Pain or Addiction Specialists, Family Doctors Fill in the Gaps
Video features a family physician in rural Wisconsin who recognized the lack of resources for chronic pain patients who receive opioid prescriptions. She began educating patients on the risks of opioid use, implemented medication treatment agreements, and helped many wean off of their prescriptions in order to curb opioid use in her community. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - December 30, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Older Blood Safe as New Blood for Transfusions
Title: Older Blood Safe as New Blood for TransfusionsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/26/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/27/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - December 27, 2019 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Health Tip: Signs of a Herniated Disc
Title: Health Tip: Signs of a Herniated DiscCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/25/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/26/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - December 26, 2019 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

20 Private Companies to Watch in 2020
MD+DI has taken a hard look at the private medtech sector and developed this list of 20 private companies we will be paying particularly close attention to in the new year. It was not an easy task. There are so many interesting private companies in the industry right now that we started with a much longer list and whittled it down to the 20 companies that stood out most to us. So without further ado, here are the 20 companies that made the cut: 4C Medical is developing the AltaValve, a transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) platform designed to address mitr...
Source: MDDI - December 24, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

20 Private Medtech Companies to Watch in 2020
MD+DI has taken a hard look at the private medtech sector and developed this list of 20 private companies we will be paying particularly close attention to in the new year. It was not an easy task. There are so many interesting private companies in the industry right now that we started with a much longer list and whittled it down to the 20 companies that stood out most to us. So without further ado, here are the 20 companies that made the cut: 4C Medical is developing the AltaValve, a transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) platform designed to address mitr...
Source: MDDI - December 24, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Everything you need to know about trigger point injections
Trigger point injections can help relieve chronic muscle pain. Here, learn about the possible side effects, how the injections work, and who may benefit. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pain / Anesthetics Source Type: news

Meet the inspirational women who lost 70st between them in 2019
A year ago each woman here, from across Britain, resolved to tackle her weight and has now reaped the benefits from banishing chronic back pain to putting asthma into remission. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Common and challenging behaviors among individuals on long-term opioid therapy - Young SR, Azari S, Becker WC, Edelman EJ, Liebschutz JM, Roy P, Starrels JL, Merlin JS.
OBJECTIVE: Long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) is commonly prescribed for chronic pain, despite risks such as opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdose. Caring for patients on LTOT can be difficult, given lack of evidence about assessment of challenging behaviors... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Gender differences in association of prescription opioid use and mortality: a propensity-matched analysis from the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) prospective cohort - Khodneva Y, Richman J, Kertesz S, Safford MM.
Background: Prescription opioids (PO) have been widely used for chronic non-cancer pain, with commensurate concerns for overdose. The long-term effect of these medications on non-overdose mortality in the general population remains poorly understood... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Kidney Pain vs. Back Pain
Title: Kidney Pain vs. Back PainCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/20/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/20/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - December 20, 2019 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Broadway legend Kristin Chenoweth discusses struggle to reveal she was living with chronic pain
Tony award winner Kristin Chenoweth has been living with chronic pain since an accident on the set of The Good Wife in 2012 that left her with a a fractured skull, a cracked nose and cracked ribs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nevro Appoints Karen N. Prange to the Company's Board of Directors
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 18, 2019 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Nevro Corp. (NYSE: NVRO), a global medical device company that is providing innovative, evidence-based solutions for the treatment of chronic pain, today announced that its B... Devices, Neurology, Personnel Nevro Corp, Senza Omnia, Spinal Cord Stimulation, HF10 therapy (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - December 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news