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Defining Rx Opioid Overdose Risk | News Brief

Patients who use multiple pharmacies concurrently and have overlapping opioid prescriptions appear to be at greater risk for opioid overdoses than others, according to a study. Patients who used four or more pharmacies and had three or more opioid prescriptions had an overdose rate of 26.3 per 1,000 person-years, compared with a rate of 4.3 per 1,000 person-years observed among those with neither condition.…

Depression & Low Back Pain | News Brief

Patients with symptoms of depression appear to have a higher risk of developing an episode of low back pain in the future, according to findings of a systematic review. The authors noted that risks for low back pain were higher among those with more severe levels of depression.…

Using the Web to Cope With Pain | News Brief

Pain coping skills training using an internet-based program called PainCOACH appears to reduce pain levels among patients with osteoarthritis who use the intervention, according to a study. The 8-week, automated program was well accepted and adhered to by participants. Women who received the PainCOACH intervention reported significantly lower pain than women in a control group.…

Sickle Cell Disease & Sleep | News Brief

Patients with sickle cell disease who have shorter sleep duration, fragmented sleep, or inefficient sleep appear to have more days of greater pain severity, according to study findings. The authors noted that their results suggest that both the separate and combined effects of sleep duration and fragmentation should be considered in evaluating pain in adults with sickle cell disease.…

It Ain’t What You Don’t Know…

It Ain’t What You Don’t Know… | Medical Blog

"Sometimes medics do the right thing for the wrong reasons. Sometimes trauma surgeons can get misled by what they think they know. Mark Twain is credited with saying, 'It ain’t what you don’t know that can hurt you, it’s what you know that just ain’t so.'"

Defining Rx Opioid Overdose Risk | News Brief

Patients who use multiple pharmacies concurrently and have overlapping opioid prescriptions appear to be at greater risk for opioid overdoses than others, according to a study. Patients who used four or more pharmacies and had three or more opioid prescriptions had an overdose rate of 26.3 per 1,000 person-years, compared with a rate of 4.3 per 1,000 person-years observed among those with neither condition.…

Defining Rx Opioid Overdose Risk | News Brief

Patients who use multiple pharmacies concurrently and have overlapping opioid prescriptions appear to be at greater risk for opioid overdoses than others, according to a study. Patients who used four or more pharmacies and had three or more opioid prescriptions had an overdose rate of 26.3 per 1,000 person-years, compared with a rate of 4.3 per 1,000 person-years observed among those with neither condition.…

Comparing Ventral Hernia Repair Approaches | News Brief

Among patients with a small umbilical or epigastric hernia, mesh repair appears to halve the long-term risk of recurrence when compared with sutured repair. Researchers found recurrence rates of 10% after mesh repair and 21% after sutured repair. The incidence rate of chronic pain was about 5% for both approaches.…

APS 2015

APS 2015 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at APS 2015, the American Pain Society’s annual scientific meeting, from May 13 to 16 in Palm Springs, CA. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.…

Managing Migraine in the ED

Managing Migraine in the ED | Feature

Research has shown that management of migraine in the ED setting is suboptimal. Imaging practices and treatments vary widely, but coordinated efforts may help optimize outcomes for these patients.

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