Opioid Prescription Low Among Elderly Patients With Cancer | News Brief

The proportion of patients older than age 65 with cancer who have an opioid prescription appears to be low, according to Canadian investigators. About 33% of elderly

Long-Term Use of Analgesic After Surgery | News Brief

An investigation of older, opioid-naïve patients who were given an opioid within 1 week of a short-stay surgery has found that this population appears to be frequently

Spinal Surgery Device Approved | News Brief

The FDA has granted 510(k) marketing clearance for a sheathed bipolar sealer (Aquamantys SBS 5.0, Medtronic) for use in spinal surgeries. The device provides hemostatic sealing capabilities

Intrauterine System Beneficial in Endometriosis-Related Pain Relief | News Brief

A levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system appears to be effective and well accepted by patients in the long-term treatment of those with moderate-to- severe endometriosis-related pain following conservative surgery.

Pediatric Fracture-Related Pain: The Crowding Effect | Feature

New data suggest that ED crowding appears to decrease the timeliness and effectiveness of analgesia delivery for children with fracture-related pain. Efforts to mitigate ED crowding may help.

Guidance for Using CAM to Manage Pain | Feature

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasingly being used by patients for chronic pain, so it’s important that they are informed of all treatment options as well as the risks associated with each option.

Examining the Obesity-Pain Link | News Brief

Individuals who are overweight appear to be 20% more likely to report higher rates of pain when compared with people who are low-normal weight, according to a

A New Neurostimulation System for Chronic Pain | News Brief

A neurostimulation system (AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor, Medtronic) has received FDA approval for treating chronic pain. Using motion sensor technology, the system automatically adapts stimulation levels to the

New Guidelines for Diabetic Neuropathy | Feature

The American Academy of Neurology has released new guidelines on the management of painful diabetic neuropathy that provide evidence-based information on use of a range of treatment strategies.

Neuropathic Pain in Women With Bladder Pain Syndrome | News Brief

Neuropathic pain in women with bladder pain syndrome (BPS) appears to be significantly associated with the severity of bladder and bowel pain, urinary urgency, and diarrhea, according

Chronic Pain: Analyzing the Public Health Burden | Feature

Chronic pain continues to be undermanaged, but following key principles, adhering to guidelines, and being cautious with pain medication prescriptions may help decrease the disease burden.

Major Depression & Migraine Linked | News Brief

Migraine appears to be strongly associated with later development of major depressive episodes (MDEs), according to findings from a Canadian study. Patients with migraine were 60% more

Tackling Opioid Abuse & Preventing Drug-Related Deaths | News Brief

The United States is experiencing a significant public health threat from overdose deaths involving prescription opioids for the treatment of pain. The number of fatal outcomes involving

Conference Highlights: Anesthesiology 2011 | Conference Coverage

The American Society of Anesthesiologists’ annual meeting, Anesthesiology 2011, held on October 15-19 in Chicago, was a comprehensive education program in anesthesiology, focusing on transforming patient safety

Managing Diabetes in Older Adults | Feature

Diabetes is an important health condition for the aging population. Different treatment approaches may be necessary to optimize management of the disease in older adults.

Pain Management: A Look at Provider Perspectives | Opinion Article

Dr. Bair and his colleagues uncover three central themes from surveying primary care physicians on their perspectives and experiences in caring for patients with chronic pain.

Considering Artificial Disc Replacement | Opinion Article

A recent study compares fusion surgery to disc replacement surgery for patients with degenerative disc disease to determine patient satisfaction, expense, and outcomes.

Wanted: Pain Training in Psychiatry | Opinion Article

One of the most daunting challenges for psychiatric professionals is to distinguish physical and emotional symptoms that patients experience in the context of pain, and there is little pain training in psychiatric residency.

Guidelines for Diagnosing Low Back Pain | Opinion Article

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for patients to see physicians. Many who suffer from low back pain receive routine imaging (performed without

Most Americans Using Alternative Therapies: Consumer Reports | Medical Blog

A Consumer Reports survey found that while most Americans would choose prescription drugs to treat 12 common conditions, roughly 75% partake in alternative therapies, such as yoga

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