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Dealing With The Demand For Opioids: A Clinician's Guide

Dealing With The Demand For Opioids: A Clinician's Guide

Anthony Mariano, PhD, gives insight into dealing with patients' demands for opioids.

Genotyping's Role In Predicting Optimal Opioid Dosing

Genotyping's Role In Predicting Optimal Opioid Dosing

Increasing evidence supports the notion that an individual's specific response to pain or pain treatments may be affected by particular gene polymorphisms.

Managing Patients With Chronic Pain: A Resources Toolkit

Managing Patients With Chronic Pain: A Resources Toolkit

An interview with Penney Cowan, founder and chief executive officer of the American Chronic Pain Association, where she discusses the ACPA's publication aimed at helping healthcare practitioners improve care of patients with chronic pain.

Cannabis: Health Effects and Therapeutic Benefits

Cannabis: Health Effects and Therapeutic Benefits

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a report on cannabis and cannabinoids, outlining current knowledge and giving recommendations for future research.

PACC Updates Guidelines on Intrathecal Therapy for Pain

PACC Updates Guidelines on Intrathecal Therapy for Pain

The updated guidelines address guidance on dosing, including reduced starting and maintenance dosing, and safety precautions for diagnosing and treating complications.

Continual Chronic Pain Domain Assessment Improves Diagnosis and Treatment

Continual Chronic Pain Domain Assessment Improves Diagnosis and Treatment

Chronic pain management is dependent on the continuous assessment of pain to determine the effectiveness of the treatment.

New Pain Scale Developed to Better Assess Impact of Chronic Pain

New Pain Scale Developed to Better Assess Impact of Chronic Pain

Researchers have developed a new self-reported pain scale utilizing more detailed descriptions of patient activity patterns

Are Physicians Equipped to Handle Consequences of Medical Cannabis Use?

Are Physicians Equipped to Handle Consequences of Medical Cannabis Use?

Cannabis-related poison control calls and hospital discharges spike with wider availability.

Revisiting Whether Stronger Opioids Are More Effective in Noncancer Pain

Revisiting Whether Stronger Opioids Are More Effective in Noncancer Pain

Are we overestimating the efficacy of step III analgesics?

Topical NSAIDs: A Safe and Effective Option for Managing Osteoarthritis

Topical NSAIDs: A Safe and Effective Option for Managing Osteoarthritis

OA affects over 20 million Americans and is most prevalent among the elderly, causing potentially debilitating symptoms of muscle weakness, pain, and joint stiffness.

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Spinal Manipulation Shows Modest Improvements For Low Back Pain

Spinal Manipulation Shows Modest Improvements For Low Back Pain

A review and meta-analysis indicates that spinal manipulative therapy is linked to modest improvements in low back pain.

VA and DoD Practice Guideline Update: Opioids for Chronic Pain

VA and DoD Practice Guideline Update: Opioids for Chronic Pain

The Veterans Administration and Department of Defense issue an updated clinical practice guideline regarding opioid therapy for chronic pain in veterans.

Corticosteroids Linked to Increased Metabolic Syndrome Risk

Corticosteroids Linked to Increased Metabolic Syndrome Risk

Researchers found a correlation between use of corticosteroids and increased odds of metabolic syndrome and elevated body mass index.

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Rituxan

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Rituxan

FDA gives breakthrough therapy designation to rituxan for treatment of pemphigus vulgaris and is indicated for treating rheumatoid arthritis

Influence of Brief Pain Management Education on Opioid Prescribing Rates

Influence of Brief Pain Management Education on Opioid Prescribing Rates

A training program on opioid prescribing for general practice registrars was developed to improve adherence to guidelines on opioid prescribing for chronic noncancer pain.

Intradiscal Glucocorticoid: Short Relief for Low Back Pain

Intradiscal Glucocorticoid: Short Relief for Low Back Pain

A single glucocorticoid intradiscal injection will reduce chronic low back pain with active discopathy for 1 month but not 12 months after injection.

New Opioid Analgesic for Chronic Back Pain Achieves Positive Trial Results

New Opioid Analgesic for Chronic Back Pain Achieves Positive Trial Results

New opioid analgesic, NKTR-181, being evaluated in the SUMMIT-07 Phase 3 study for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain.

Short-term Opioid Prescription Reduces Dependence

Short-term Opioid Prescription Reduces Dependence

Researchers found that prescribing opioids to patients for 8 or more days increases likelihood of long-term dependence.

Axial Low Back Pain Relief From 3D Neural Targeting Spinal Cord Stimulation

Axial Low Back Pain Relief From 3D Neural Targeting Spinal Cord Stimulation

Study examines cohort of consecutive patients treated with 3D neural targeting spinal cord stimulation vs patients previously treated with a traditional SCS device.

Fatal Drug Overdoses More Than Doubled Since 1999, Says CDC

Fatal Drug Overdoses More Than Doubled Since 1999, Says CDC

Heroin accounted for one-quarter of overdose deaths in 2015.

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