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A Look at Opioid Use During Pregnancy

According to NIH data, prescriptions for opioids have increased dramatically in the general population, rising by more than 200 million between 1991 and 2009. In 2014, the American Society of Anesthesiologists distributed a list as part of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about treatments or medications that are commonly prescribed in pain medicine but are not always necessary.…

Managing Pain in Patients With IBD

Abdominal pain in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is complex to manage, but taking a step-wise approach may enhance outcomes. Furthermore, researchers are learning more about potential causes of pain in patients with IBD. The hope is to identify novel and effective treatments.

Guidelines for Managing Gout

The American College of Rheumatology has released guidelines for managing gout, emphasizing strategies to optimize use of treatment options and increase awareness of the need for urate control.

OPINION ARTICLES

A Look at Opioid Use During Pregnancy

According to NIH data, prescriptions for opioids have increased dramatically in the general population, rising by more than 200 million between 1991 and 2009. In 2014, the American Society of Anesthesiologists distributed a list as part of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about treatments or medications that are commonly prescribed in pain medicine but are not always necessary.…

Relieving Pain in Colorectal Surgery

Adding a TAP block to ERP protocols may allow patients to bypass or reduce narcotics use after colorectal surgery.

Identifying Predictors of Osteoarthritis

Clinicians should take a proactive approach to OA prevention strategies by actively prescribing exercise and rehabilitation.

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New Evidence-Based Guidelines: 4 Signs of Concussion

The first part of new evidence-based guidelines, published in the September 2014 issue of Neurosurgery, sought to identify which signs, symptoms, and neurologic and cognitive deficits have the highest and most consistent prevalence in samples of individuals sustaining a potentially concussive event.…

The Evolution of Medicine

Source: BestMedicalDegrees.com

Modern medicine has helped lead to a surge in average life expectancy, which was only about 36 in the late 1800s. With humans routinely living into their 100s, advances in medical science are to thank. Let’s take a journey through the history of medical advancements.…

Is Pain Really The 5th Vital Sign?

Doctors are caught in the middle. If we don't alleviate pain, we are criticized. If we believe what patients tell us and prescribe opioids, we can be sanctioned by a state medical board or even arrested and tried.

NEWS BRIEFS

Assessing Self-Management for Lower Back Pain

Self-management of lower back pain appears to have only small effects on pain and disability, according to findings from a systematic review. Analyses of 13 trials found little improvement in pain and disability, suggesting that treatment guidelines that endorse self-management strategies should be reassessed.…

Migraine Prevalence, Celiac Disease, & IBD

When compared with healthy controls, patients with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity (GS), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appear to have a higher prevalence of migraine. Investigators from New York noted that migraine was graded as severe by 72% of patients with celiac disease, compared with 60% for those with GS and 30% for those with IBD.…

Evaluating Online Scoliosis Info

An exploration of the top 100 websites from searches of “scoliosis” using the five most commonly used search engines suggests that the overall quality of information on the condition appears to be poor despite exponential growth in the number of available sites in recent years.…

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