February 2016 Briefing - Pain Management

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pain Management for February 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.

Suggestions for Optimizing Practice Feedback Effectiveness

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In an article published online Feb. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 15 suggestions are presented to optimize the effectiveness of practice feedback.

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Point-of-Sale Education Needed for Cannabis Tourists

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The rates of emergency department visits possibly related to marijuana use have increased disproportionately for out-of-state visitors compared with Colorado residents, according to a research letter published in the Feb. 25 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Mind-Body Intervention Can Improve Function, Pain in LBP

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A mind-body intervention can improve short-term function and current and most severe pain for elderly patients with chronic low back pain (LBP), according to a study published online Feb. 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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American Pain Society Releases Guideline on Postoperative Pain

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The American Pain Society has issued recommendations on the management of postoperative pain. The clinical practice guideline was published in the February issue of the Journal of Pain.

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Cannabis Use Not Linked to Risk of Mood, Anxiety Disorders

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cannabis use is not associated with increased risk of mood or anxiety disorders, but is associated with increased risk of several substance use disorders within the general population, according to research published online Feb. 17 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Many Med Schools Appear Unwelcoming Regarding Disability

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most medical schools need to post, update, or clarify technical standards (TSs), required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that detail what a school will do to accommodate a student with a disability, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in Academic Medicine.

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Pain Relief With Individualized Acupuncture in Fibromyalgia

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An individualized acupuncture protocol provides lasting pain relief for patients with fibromyalgia, according to a study published online Feb. 15 in Acupuncture in Medicine.

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Guidelines Developed for Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatment

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence-based recommendations have been developed for treatment of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and nonradiographic axial spondyloarthritis (SpA). The guidelines were published in the February issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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Opioids Tied to Higher Risk of Infections in Rheumatoid Arthritis

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The use of opioid analgesics may increase the risk of serious infection in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to research published in the February issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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Functional Imaging Beneficial for Analgesic Drug Development

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Functional magnetic resonance imaging with central sensitization can be used in early human drug development, according to a study published in the January issue of Anesthesiology.

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CDC: Number of Uninsured Persons in U.S. Down Since 2013

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of uninsured persons is decreasing in the United States, according to a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Physicians Concerned By Increasing Cost of Generics

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pennsylvania physicians have called for state- and national-level medical associations to take an active role in addressing the issue of increasing generic drug prices, according to an article published by the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

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Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide for Psychiatric Disorders Examined

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients receiving euthanasia or assisted suicide (EAS) for psychiatric disorders are mainly women and most have chronic, severe conditions, according to a study published online Feb. 10 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Five Genes Tied to Osteoarthritis Progression

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Five genes may serve as biomarkers for osteoarthritis (OA) progression, according to a study published online Feb. 2 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

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Partial Meniscectomy No Use for Meniscal Tear

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For adults with a degenerative medial meniscus tear, arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM) has no additional benefit over sham surgery for relief of knee catching or occasional locking, according to a study published online Feb. 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Botox May Reduce Chronic Neuropathic Pain

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Subcutaneous botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) injections appear to safely and effectively reduce chronic neuropathic pain in patients with spinal cord injury, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in the Annals of Neurology.

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AMA Highlights Issues Relating to Medical Liability Reform

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medical liability reforms are likely to be advanced and challenged in 2016, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Doctors Offer Suggestions for Electronic Health Records

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians recently met in Seattle to discuss the difficulties and benefits associated with electronic health records (EHRs) in a third town hall meeting on the subject, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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Seven Tips Provided for Optimizing Practice Revenue

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Business operations data represent a relatively untapped resource for optimizing practice revenue, and can indicate areas of strength and opportunities for improvement, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Patient-Centered System Recommended for Medical Billing

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Simplification, consolidation, and real time point-of-care information could address the inefficiencies in the medical billing system, according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published online Feb. 2 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Video Games Offer Educational Methods for Med Students

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Video games can play a role in medical education, offering new methods for teaching medical students, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Tips Presented for Encouraging Treatment Adherence

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Tips for increasing patient adherence to treatment plans include patient engagement and addressing barriers to adherence, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Mobile Texts May Up Adherence to Meds for Chronic Illness

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mobile telephone text messaging may be a promising new way to improve adherence to medications for chronic diseases, according to research published online Feb. 1 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Opioids Don't Ease Disability in Neuropathic Pain

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking prescription opioids doesn't improve movement or reduce disability for patients with neuropathic pain, according to a study published recently in Pain Medicine.

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Palliative Care Lacking for Chronic Lung Disease Patients

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients who die in the intensive care unit (ICU), patients with chronic lung diseases receive fewer elements of palliative care than cancer patients, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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Patients and Families Highlight Value of Nurse Practitioners

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients and their families believe that teams in acute and primary care are more effective when they include nurse practitioners, according to research published online Jan. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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