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Migraine Sufferers Have Significantly More Nitrate-Reducing Microbes in Their Mouths

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have found that the mouths of migraine sufferers harbor significantly more microbes with the ability to modify

CE: The Impact of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

According to current estimates, the number of prescription opioid overdose deaths in the United States quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, and this increase occurred in parallel with

Why wounds heal more slowly with age

Older bodies need longer to mend. This reality of aging has been documented since World War I, with the observation that wounds heal slower in older soldiers.

Barriers Identified in Current Knee Osteoarthritis Care

Most frequently cited barriers were in domains of patient and health care professional

Ultra-long acting pill releases daily doses of medicine for a month

Imagine swallowing a pill today that continues releasing the daily dose of a medicine you need for the next week, month or even longer. Investigators from Brigham

Trump & The Unlacing of the Affordable Care Act | Feature

Harvard analysts ponder changes across the American and global landscapes.

E-Prescribing Increases Medication Adherence | Feature

Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) decreases prescription errors and enhances coordination between physician and pharmacist, but what has remained unclear is how it affects patient behavior. Now a new

Electrical Stimulation for Back Pain | Feature

Chronic low back pain is a highly prevalent and disabling musculoskeletal pain condition, especially among older adults. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a treatment option for

An Opioid Therapy Compliance Checklist | Feature

New data show that the Opioid Compliance Checklist appears to be a reliable and valid screening tool to help detect current and future aberrant drug-related behaviors.

CME: Examining Medicare Prescribing of Painkillers | Feature

Recent data show that opioid prescribing for Medicare Part D patients is a widespread practice. Efforts to curtail opioid overprescribing must address a broad group of prescribers to be effective.

Knowingly taking placebo pills eases pain, study finds | Feature

A new study is the first to demonstrate beneficial placebo effect for lower back pain sufferers who knew they were taking ‘fake pills.’ Patients who knowingly took

Analyzing Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement | Feature

Your dear friend has had pain in her left hip for the past decade, and it has only gotten worse. Her films show severe osteoarthritis, even though

The Impact of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids | Feature

The introduction of abuse-deterrent opioids and the withdrawal of propoxyphene appear to have led to substantial decreases in both prescription opioid dispensing and overdose. Opioid formulation changes may be a viable option toward reducing abuse of these drugs.

CME: The Impact of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids | Feature

The introduction of abuse-deterrent opioids and the withdrawal of propoxyphene appear to have led to substantial decreases in both prescription opioid dispensing and overdose. Opioid formulation changes may be a viable option toward reducing abuse of these drugs.

Surveying OTC Drug Use Perceptions | Feature

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, about 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, an incidence rate that is higher than the combined number of

CME: Opioid-Induced Constipation in Cancer Patients | Feature

Patients with advanced cancer who experience opioid-induced constipation (OIC) often experience psychological distress and negative cognitions. Understanding the nature of this burden may improve how clinicians recognize and assess the problem and promote more intensive management strategies that address the distress OIC often produces.

There Is No Such Thing as Too Much TV in This Doctor’s Office: A Different Approach to Patient Engagement | Feature

A recent Accenture report found that patients in the United States are increasingly accessing their electronic health records (EHRs), with rates rising from 27% in 2014 to

Strategies for Physician Succession & Retirement | Feature

Due to the busy nature of many medical practices, planning for future events like physician succession or retirement often takes a back seat to other pressing priorities.

Examining Medicare Prescribing of Painkillers | Feature

Recent data show that opioid prescribing for Medicare Part D patients is a widespread practice. Efforts to curtail opioid overprescribing must address a broad group of prescribers to be effective.

Minorities & Adnominal Pain Care in EDs | Feature

Acute abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons for patients to visit the ED, but few studies have examined if there are racial and ethnic

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