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Virtual Reality for Pain Management – Video

Psychologist Ted Jones discusses the benefits of using virtual reality to treat pain and explains how the distractions can be more beneficial than pills or injections.…

Understanding Unintentional Opioid Overdose Injury | News Brief

Among opioid users, unintentional overdose injury appears to be related to the prescribed opioid’s duration of action, according to researchers from Boston. Patients with chronic painful conditions who received long-acting opioids had a significantly higher rate of overdose injury than did those receiving short-acting opioids.…

The Cost of Pediatric Pain Conditions | News Brief

Healthcare expenditures for pediatric pain-related conditions exert a considerable economic burden on the United States, according to findings of a national study. Pediatric pain-related conditions were associated with $11.8 billion in total incremental healthcare expenditures. These expenditures were similar to those of ADHD ($9.23 billion), but more than those associated with asthma ($5.35 billion) and obesity ($0.73 billion).…

Measuring Cognitive Function in Fibromyalgia | News Brief

University of Michigan researchers have found that the Multidimensional Inventory of Subjective Cognitive Impairment (MISCI) appears to be a reliable method for measuring perceived cognitive function in patients with fibromyalgia. The 10-item MISCI was shown to have low rates of ceiling and floor effects and showed good construct validity.…

Comparing 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.…

Opioid Use & Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty

Opioid Use & Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty | Opinion Article

Reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA), a procedure designed for treating diseased rotator cuff tears with arthritis, can be used to improve function and provide pain relief. Opioids are being used more commonly as a non-surgical approach for these patients, but little is known about outcomes for RSA in individuals with a history of preoperative opioid use.…

IAS 2015

IAS 2015 | News Brief

New research was presented at IAS 2015, the International AIDS Society Conference, from July 19 to 22 in Vancouver, Canada. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.…

Ethical Pain Management in the ED

Ethical Pain Management in the ED | Opinion Article

According to published reports, up to 75% of ED patients present with pain-related complaints, and more than half come to the ED with severe or moderate pain. Pain management is a fundamental component of emergency medicine, but there are barriers to providing effective pain control in the ED.…

Can NSAIDs Help Prevent Skin Cancer? | News Brief

Users of NSAIDs appear have significantly reduced risk of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) when compared with nonusers, according to a systematic review. Aspirin users were also found to have a reduced risk for SCC.

Source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, December 18, 2014 (online).…

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.…

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