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Pain and pain management is a complex area of medicine. There are numerous treatment options from medication and therapies to mind-body techniques. Pain can be treated with over-the-counter medicine if it is a milder form, or stronger medications such as



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Prescribing antibiotics, narcotics, and opioids is common but little benefit for patients

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) found that overuse of antibiotics, aggressive non-palliative treatment in patients with limited life expectancy, treatment of chronic pain, and...



Autism-linked protein crucial for feeling pain

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Well-known autism and pain proteins are likely co-conspirators.Sensory problems are common to autism spectrum disorders.



Complex regional pain syndrome: Watching others causes pain

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

For patients with complex regional pain syndrome, simply watching someone else move can cause intense pain. An MRI scan study delves into the neuroscience.



Researcher suggests kratom may have medical benefit as opioid alternative

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A delayed U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ban on kratom would stifle scientific understanding of the herb's active chemical components and documented pharmacologic properties if implemented...



Fatal opioid overdose could be prevented with new vaccine

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Scientists have created a vaccine that they say can stop opioid painkillers from reaching the brain, reducing the risk of death from opioid overdose.



Sooner on your feet after hip fracture

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

An already available drug can help patients get back on their feet more rapidly after a hip fracture, according to an international study published in the Journal of Bone Joint Surgery.



TSRI scientists discover how protein senses touch

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) reveals that a protein first discovered at TSRI in 2010 is directly responsible for sensing touch.



New compound eases pain like marijuana, without the 'high'

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers have identified a compound that alleviates chronic pain in the same way as marijuana, but without the side effects of the drug.



Pain sensors are specialized for specific types of pain, study finds

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Pain-sensing neurons were believed to be receptive to all kinds of pain, but new research suggests pain sensors are specialized for specific sensations.



Pain is not just a matter of nerves

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

The sensation of pain occurs when neural pathways conduct excitation generated by tissue damage to the spinal cord, where the nociceptive information is extensively pre-processed.



Scientists successfully tune the brain to alleviate pain

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

Scientists at The University of Manchester have shown for the first time that if the brain is 'tuned-in' to a particular frequency, pain can be alleviated.



UPMC experts combat foot pain with fat injections

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Patients who suffer from pedal fat pad atrophy, or the loss of fat in the ball of the foot, may benefit from an innovative new procedure that involves restoring the lost padding by grafting fat...



Deadly snake's unique paralyzing venom may lead to new pain treatments

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

The unique venom of the blue coral snake, which preys on other venomous snakes, could lead to new pain treatments for humans, researchers say.



High-frequency spinal cord stimulation provides better results in chronic back and leg pain

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

For patients with severe, chronic back and leg pain, a new high-frequency spinal cord stimulation (SCS) technique provides superior clinical outcomes, compared to conventional low-frequency SCS...



Placebo sweet spot for pain relief found in brain

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

New study first to pinpoint unique brain region responsible for placebo response in pain.



Easing labor pain may help reduce postpartum depression in some women, early research suggests

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Epidural anesthesia may do more than relieve pain during labor; in some women it may decrease the likelihood of postpartum depression, suggests a preliminary study presented at the...



Phantom limb pain relieved using brain-machine interface

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PST

The pain felt in an amputated limb can be significant and disruptive. Despite its origins being poorly understood, new research sheds new light.



Combining dental, medical procedures may safely limit children's anesthesia exposure

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Children who require both dental and non-dental medical procedures should have them completed under one general anesthesia session whenever possible, which is ideal for both the patient and family...



Women who opt for laughing gas during labor, may still get an epidural, study shows

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PST

The majority of women who chose nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to manage labor pain, ultimately decide to have an epidural, according to new research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2016 annual...



Visits to pediatric emergency departments for headache pain in children are on the rise

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PST

At 1 hospital, rates of emergency department visits and subsequent hospital admission doubled over a 7-year period.



Black Widow Spider Bite: Symptoms and Treatment

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Why do black widow spiders bite humans and what do their bites look like? Learn what to do if bitten and how to recognize the symptoms.



Pregabalin may lessen pain from irritable bowel syndrome, Mayo Clinic study finds

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

A pilot study by researchers at Mayo Clinic has found that patients suffering from pain related to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may benefit from taking pregabalin, a neuro-pain inhibitor commonly...



NIH scientists uncover genetic explanation for frustrating syndrome

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PST

Previously unexplained symptoms found associated with multiple copies of a single gene.



The placebo effect: Knowingly taking sham pills may reduce chronic pain

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:00:00 PST

New study suggests it is not the expectation that a 'dummy pill' is real that elicits the placebo effect, but rather the ritual associated with taking it.



New formulation of ibuprofen may be superior for pain relief than the current version

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PST

New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that formulating ibuprofen with arginine might be the key to negating the cardiovascular side effects of the drug.