January 2017 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 January 2017. 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.

Unusual Amnestic Syndrome Seen With Opioid Abuse

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Short-term memory loss may be yet another price of America's opioid addiction epidemic, according to a report published in the Jan. 27 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Most PCPs Oppose Complete Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of primary care doctors oppose full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, according to a perspective piece published online Jan. 25 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Study Assesses Sublingual Fentanyl Vs Morphine for CA Pain

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with severe cancer pain episodes, fentanyl sublingual tablets (FST) offer analgesia with modest to moderate increased risk of lower efficacy compared with subcutaneous morphine (SCM), according to a study published online Jan. 23 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Strategies Presented for Addressing Uncompensated Time

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Strategies can be employed to help physicians deal with the increasing burden of uncompensated tasks, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Obesity Not Linked to Low Back Pain in Twin Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity-related measures are not associated with the risk of developing chronic low-back pain (LBP) after accounting for genetic factors, according to a study published in the February issue of The Spine Journal.

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Basivertebral Nerve Ablation Beneficial for Chronic Back Pain

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic lumbar back pain, ablation of the basivertebral nerve (BVN) improves self-reported outcome at three months and through one year, according to a study published in the February issue of The Spine Journal.

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Obesity Underrepresented in Medical Licensing Exams

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The most important concepts of obesity prevention and treatment are not adequately represented on the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step examinations, according to a study published recently in Teaching and Learning in Medicine.

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Brief Bouts of Exercise Can Reduce Inflammation

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just 20 minutes of moderate exercise may reduce inflammation in the body, according to research published online recently in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

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Number of Infants Born to Women Using Opioids Up Sharply

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Over a decade, there was a nearly five-fold increase in the number of infants born each year to American women who used opioids during the pregnancy, according to a new report prepared for the U.S. Congress by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). There was also a dramatic rise in the number of infants born with a dependency on opioids.

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Physician Excess Charges Create Financial Burden for Patients

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many doctors bill their private-paying patients two, three, even six times more than what Medicare pays for the same services, according to a research letter published in the Jan. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Interventions Don't Improve Osteoarthritis Outcomes

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patient- and provider-based interventions do not improve osteoarthritis outcomes, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Patient Perception of Provider Concern Impacts Satisfaction

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic pain receiving opioids, provider satisfaction is not associated with functional outcomes; however, patient perception of provider concern impacts perceived satisfaction, according to a study published online Jan. 13 in Pain Practice.

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New Comprehensive Report Looks at Benefits, Harms of Cannabis

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Current medical science has proven there are legitimate medical uses for marijuana and cannabis-derived drugs, according to a new report -- The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids -- published Jan. 12 by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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TENS Relieves Pain During Office Hysterectomy Without Sedation

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can reduce pain during office hysterectomy without sedation, according to a study published in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Excessive FDA Regulation Driving High Drug Prices

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The excessive regulatory regime at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is an important driver of high drug prices, and should be curbed to introduce more competition and lower prices, according to a report published online Jan. 5 by the National Center for Policy Analysis.

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Optimized Treatment Relieves Pain in Chronic Pancreatitis

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For most patients with chronic pancreatitis (CP), optimized medical and interventional treatment is associated with significant pain relief, according to a study published online Jan. 4 in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Fibromyalgia Symptoms Improve With CoQ10 Supplementation

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with fibromyalgia (FM), coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplementation is associated with improvement in clinical symptoms, according to a letter to the editor published online Jan. 4 in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics.

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Lumbopelvic Stabilization Training Therapeutic for LBP

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain conditions, lumbopelvic stabilization training (LPST) has a therapeutic effect on pain modulation, according to a study published online Jan. 2 in Pain Practice.

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