August 2016 Briefing - Pain Management

Share this content:

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pain Management for August 2016. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

ACA Is Helping More Americans Afford Prescriptions

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Though a growing number of Americans are able to afford prescription medications, millions still have difficulty, according to a study published online Aug. 23 in the American Journal of Public Health.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

First Case of Zika-Associated Sensory Polyneuropathy Reported

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a case report published online Aug. 21 in the Journal of Neurological Sciences, researchers confirm the first case of Zika-associated sensory polyneuropathy in an adult male.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Nighttime Sleep Disturbance Common in Chronic Pain

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals suffering from chronic pain frequently have nighttime sleep disturbance, and it might be exacerbated by opioid treatment, according to a study published online Aug. 22 in Anaesthesia.

Abstract
Full Text

CDC: Synthetic Fentanyl a Major Factor in Opioid Overdose Deaths

FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths from overdoses of illicitly manufactured fentanyl have increased significantly in recent years, according to research published in the Aug. 26 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Full Text

Plain Radiography Can ID Changes in Gouty Tophi Size

FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with tophaceous gout, plain radiography can assess response to hypouricemic treatment, according to a study published online Aug. 12 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Ultrasonography Can Guide Drug Modification in Arthritis

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ultrasonography can be useful for guiding modification of anti-rheumatic drugs and steroids for patients with inflammatory arthritis (IA), according to a study published online Aug. 19 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Steep Rise in U.S. Drug Prices Tied to Patent Monopolies

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription drug prices are skyrocketing in the United States due in large part to government regulations, according to a study published in the Aug. 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Abstract
Full Text

Cannabis Provides More Pain Relief for Men Than Women

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men seem to exhibit greater cannabis-induced analgesia relative to women, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Medication-Assisted Treatment Underused in Teen Opioid Addicts

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Resources should be increased to promote use of medication-assisted treatment of opioid addicted adolescents and young adults, according to a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published online Aug. 22 in Pediatrics.

Full Text

Radiofrequency Neurotomy Efficient in Knee Osteoarthritis

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic knee osteoarthritis (OA) pain, radiofrequency (RF) neurotomy of genicular nerves is safe and efficient, according to a study published online Aug. 12 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Pudendal Nerve Entrapment Can Lead to Eating Disorder

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pudendal nerve entrapment (PNE) leading to avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) has been described in a case report published online Aug. 19 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

ACA Has Increased Rx Drug Use, Cut Out-of-Pocket Spending

MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased prescription use and reduced out-of-pocket spending, according to a report published online Aug. 17 in Health Affairs.

Abstract
Full Text

Post-Op Doctor Shopping for One in Four With Nephrolithiasis

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Postoperative doctor shopping occurs in about one-quarter of patients with nephrolithiasis undergoing ureteroscopy, according to research published in the September issue of The Journal of Urology.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Legal Issues Impact Delivery of Telehealth

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Telehealth technologies can allow delivery of high-quality care at a lower cost, especially in underserved areas, but there is currently no uniform legal approach to telehealth, hampering its provision, according to a Health Policy Brief published online Aug. 15 in Health Affairs.

Full Text

Revascularization Tops Medical Rx for Intermittent Claudication

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with intermittent claudication (IC), revascularization interventions are more effective than medical interventions, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in JAMA Surgery.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Editorial (subscription or payment may be required)

Residents Often Order Perceived Unnecessary Lab Tests

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Residents frequently order perceived unnecessary inpatient laboratory tests, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

U.S. Female Doctors Reimbursed Significantly Less Than Males

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Female doctors in the United States make much less than their male colleagues, according to a study published online Aug. 15 in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

Abstract
Full Text

DASH Diet May Be Beneficial for Gout Patients

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet may offer a non-drug treatment for gout, according to a study published online Aug. 15 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Arhalofenate Beats Allopurinol for Gout Flares

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Arhalofenate (800 mg) is safe and significantly decreases gout flares compared to allopurinol (300 mg), according to a study published online July 27 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Abstract
Full Text

Grapefruit-Midazolam Interaction Varies With Juice Characteristics

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The interaction between grapefruit juice and midazolam varies based on grapefruit juice-related characteristics such as the amount of furanocoumarin, according to a study published online Aug. 9 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Risk of Post-Op Opioid Abuse Deemed Low for Elderly Patients

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid abuse arises in only a very small fraction -- less than half of 1 percent -- of cases involving surgical patients aged 65 or older, according to a research letter published online Aug. 10 in JAMA Surgery.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Many U.S. Hospitals Offer Language Services

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, 68.8 percent of hospitals offer language services, with the proportion increasing with level of need, according to research published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Water-Based Ai Chi Program Beneficial in Fibromyalgia

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A water-based Ai Chi program is associated with improvements in quality of life for women with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), according to a study published online July 26 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Low Initial Dose, No Refills Can Help Prevent Opioid Dependency

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who are first-time users of opioids should be prescribed a small dose without refills to reduce the risk of long-term use and possible addiction, according to a study published online Aug. 2 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Full Text

Spending on Compounded Drugs Skyrocketing

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Government spending on compounded drugs has skyrocketed, raising concerns of fraud and overbilling, according to a report published by Kaiser Health News.

More Information

Opioid-Related Insurance Claims Rise 3,000 Percent

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of private health insurance claims for Americans addicted to opioids and heroin rose 3,203 percent from 2007 to 2014, according to a Fair Health report.

More Information

Plant-Derived Compounds Show Potent Anti-Inflammatory Effects

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Two specific plant-derived compounds may be effective in treating inflammation and pain, according to a study published online July 27 in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

Abstract
Full Text

Overweight/Obesity Up Incidence of Hand, Hip, Knee Osteoarthritis

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of hand, hip, and knee osteoarthritis (OA) increases with overweight and obesity, particularly in the knee, according to a study published in the August issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Physician Reviews Approaches to Treating Opioid-Use Disorders

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Different approaches to the treatment of opioid-use disorders are addressed in an article published in the July 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Full Text

European Countries Implementing Cost-Sharing

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- European health systems are requiring an increase in cost-sharing measures for patients 50 years of age and older, according to research published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease


More in Home

No Long-Term Health Issues for Infants With Isolated Oral Clefts

No Long-Term Health Issues for Infants With Isolated ...

However, cleft palate associated with increased risk for developmental problems

T2DM Predicts Mortality in Patients With Heart Failure

T2DM Predicts Mortality in Patients With Heart Failure

Type 2 diabetes mellitus predicts mortality, regardless of presence of ischemic heart disease

Unmet Needs for Non-HIV Care in Men Who Have Sex With Men

Unmet Needs for Non-HIV Care in Men Who ...

About 23 percent have unmet need for dental care, 19 percent have unmet need for eye or vision care

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »