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FDA approves 9 generic versions of nerve pain drug Lyrica

Source: MedicalXpress

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic copies of a popular, pricey pill for nerve pain.

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Researchers unlock access to pain relief potential of cannabis

Source: MedicalXpress

University of Guelph researchers are the first to uncover how the cannabis plant creates important pain-relieving molecules that are 30 times more powerful at reducing inflammation than Aspirin.

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Combined online self-management for pain, associated anxiety and depression works

Source: MedicalXpress

In a new paper published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Dr. Kroenke and colleagues report that online symptom self-management works to decrease pain, anxiety and depression symptoms. They also found that online symptom self-management works even better when coupled with clinician telecare.

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Too Much or Too Little Weight May Worsen Rheumatoid Arthritis

Source: HealthDay

Obesity may accelerate and amplify the crippling symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, new research suggests. Conversely, the researchers also found that unexplained weight loss might also signal problems for these patients, because it could mean that they're at greater risk for disability.

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Advil + Tylenol Better Than Opioids for Dental Pain

Source: HealthDay

Over-the-counter ibuprofen and acetaminophen provide better relief for dental pain than prescription opioids and are less likely to cause side effects, researchers say.

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Opioid cessation may be more successful when depression is treated

Source: Science Daily

Opioid cessation in non-cancer pain may be more successful when depression is treated to remission, a Saint Louis University study shows.

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Back pain is common in highly active older adults

Source: Science Daily

Many well-functioning and highly active older adults experienced back pain, which was linked with poorer perceived and observed walking endurance.

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Duration of treatment rather than dose more strongly associated with opioid misuse after surgery

Source: Science Daily

Prescribing higher opioid doses for shorter durations may be a more effective way to treat pain after surgery, while minimizing the risk of longer term misuse and addiction, suggest researchers.

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Managing concerning behaviors when opioids are taken for chronic pain

Source: Science Daily

Patients receiving long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain sometimes demonstrate challenging and concerning behaviors, such as using more opioid medication than prescribed or concomitant alcohol or drug use. A new study establishes expert consensus about treatment approaches that should be implemented when these behaviors arise.

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Effects of tramadol on cognitive, sports performance studied

Source: Science Daily

Researchers from the University of Granada have published the first randomised controlled trial of the effects of tramadol on cognitive and sports performance.

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Female veterans experience improvement in low back pain with course of chiropractic care

Source: News-Medical.net

A new study finds that female veterans—one of the fastest growing populations receiving treatment through the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system—experience improvement in low back pain with a course of chiropractic care, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

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Mind-body therapies immediately reduce unmanageable pain in hospital patients

Source: Science Daily

After participating in a single, 15-minute session of certain mind-body therapies, patients reported an immediate decrease in pain levels similar to what one might expect from an opioid painkiller. This study is the first to compare the effects of mindfulness and hypnosis on acute pain in the hospital setting.

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Opioid tapering may improve outcomes for chronic pain sufferers

Source: Science Daily

Dose reduction may improve pain, function, and quality of life for patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. Results of a systematic evidence review are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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New insights into rare chronic pain condition

Source: Science Daily

A new study focuses on the cognitive psychology behind Complex Regional Pain Disorder.

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