Newly Revised Guidelines for Strep | Medical Blog

This week, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) published newly revised guidelines for Group A streptococcal pharyngitis, or “strep,” in the journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Pain Variability in Advanced Stage Cancer | News Brief

A team of investigators has found that pain intensity appears to be highly variable in patients with stage IV cancer. High pain variability was most likely to

How Patients Perceive Prescription Drug Warnings | News Brief

A study from researchers in the United States suggests that many patients do not pay attention to prescription warning labels. This effect was more pronounced for older

Gastrointenstinal Symptoms in Obesity | News Brief

In a meta-analysis, a team of Australian researchers found that upper abdominal pain, GERD, diarrhea, chest pain or heartburn, vomiting, retching, and incomplete evacuation appeared to be

Quantifying Drug-Seeking Behaviors in the Emergency Department | Feature

Drug-seeking behavior is a common and growing problem in emergency departments nationwide. New research on drug-seeking patients in the ED has worked to quantify how frequently several strategies are used by drug-seeking patients to obtain medications.

Pain Level Tied to Suicide Attempts in Migraineurs | News Brief

Previous research has reported that suicide attempts are higher for migraineurs than those without these headaches. A new national study suggests that pain severity may account for

Acute Pain Management in the ED | Opinion Article

Research has shown that ED physicians often fail to provide adequate analgesia to their patients. Pain management, particularly acute pain, is a subject not often taught within most medical school programs.

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

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