Pain Comorbidities

Cardiometabolic and Mortality Risks in Chronic Inflammatory Disorders

Cardiometabolic and Mortality Risks in Chronic Inflammatory Disorders

Certain inflammatory disorders may increase the risk for cardiometabolic events and all-cause mortality.

Brief Behavioral Therapy in Primary Care Setting Effective for Youth With Anxiety & Depression

Brief Behavioral Therapy in Primary Care Setting Effective for Youth With Anxiety & Depression

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A brief behavioral intervention delivered in a primary care setting was found to be effective for youth with anxiety and depression.

Majority of Opioid Rx for Patients With Mental Disorders

Majority of Opioid Rx for Patients With Mental Disorders

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More than half of all opioids prescribed in the United States are for patients who have a mental health disorder.

Persistent Pain Linked With Greater Memory Decline & Dementia Probability

Persistent Pain Linked With Greater Memory Decline & Dementia Probability

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Older adults with persistent pain showed more rapid memory decline and greater dementia probability compared with adults without persistent pain.

Rapidly Increasing Opioid Dose Raises Risk for New-Onset Depression

Rapidly Increasing Opioid Dose Raises Risk for New-Onset Depression

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Rapid increases in prescription opioid dose may lead to higher rates of new-onset depression.

Evaluating Opioid Policies: Balancing Abuse Reduction With Patient Access

Evaluating Opioid Policies: Balancing Abuse Reduction With Patient Access

While many organizations have created plans in an attempt to curb the opioid epidemic, how can we know which plans will work?

Marijuana Use in US Adults Up Significantly

Marijuana Use in US Adults Up Significantly

Daily cannabis use nearly doubled between 2002 and 2014, and fewer people perceive the drug as harmful.

Prescription Opioids and Veterans' Heroin Use

Prescription Opioids and Veterans' Heroin Use

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Non-medical use of prescription opioid medications is a significant risk factor for heroin use among United States veterans.

Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Dependence: the Betty Ford Model

Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Dependence: the Betty Ford Model

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The COR-12 treatment program includes group therapy and lectures that focus on opioid addiction, as well as 2 extended medication assistance options.

Removing Pain Questions From Patient Experience of Care Surveys

Removing Pain Questions From Patient Experience of Care Surveys

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Pain management questions from patient satisfaction surveys have been used to influence Medicare reimbursement rates and have resulted in unintended consequences in light of the nation's opioid epidemic.

Medical Marijuana Laws May Reduce Medicare Prescription Use, Spending

Medical Marijuana Laws May Reduce Medicare Prescription Use, Spending

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In states where marijuana is legalized for medicinal purposes, Medicare's prescription drug benefit program has lowered its spending due to reduced prescription drug use.

Rise Seen in Dangerous OTC Anti-diarrheal Abuse

Rise Seen in Dangerous OTC Anti-diarrheal Abuse

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Web forum discussions have seen a notable increase in concerns of loperamide abuse.

FDA Reconsidering Opioid Prescribing Training

FDA Reconsidering Opioid Prescribing Training

This week, an FDA committee of outside experts will meet to review risk-management plans in an effort to reduce opioids misuse.

Perceived Control Important in Treating Pain, Depression in Older Patients

Perceived Control Important in Treating Pain, Depression in Older Patients

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Treatment of older people with depression and pain should be multifactorial, including a psychological component with a focus on perceived control.

High Number of Patients Prescribed Opioids Following Tooth Extraction

High Number of Patients Prescribed Opioids Following Tooth Extraction

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New research reviews nationwide patterns of painkiller prescribing following surgical tooth extraction.

Feast or Famine: The World's Opioid Gap

Feast or Famine: The World's Opioid Gap

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Much of the third world is suffering in pain without access to opioids. This imbalance has been called the opioid gap. How can we get opioids to patients who need them?

Smoking Linked To Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Neck Pain

Smoking Linked To Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Neck Pain

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Active smokers had a worse cumulative degenerative disk disease score by an average of 1 point.

New Opioid Prescribing Technology May Reduce Overprescribing

New Opioid Prescribing Technology May Reduce Overprescribing

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There is a new online-based medication management option designed to assist clinicians prescribing opioids with spotting and monitoring overprescribing.

Committee Recommends FDA Approval of Opioid Addiction Implant

Committee Recommends FDA Approval of Opioid Addiction Implant

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The committee voted 12 to 5 in favor of approving probuphine, the first long-acting, subdermal buprenorphine implant to treat addiction to opioids.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Does Not Benefit Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Does Not Benefit Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy does not facilitate wound healing or reduce indications for amputation.

Long-Term Opioid Use Increases Depression Risk

Long-Term Opioid Use Increases Depression Risk

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Opioid-related new onset of depression is associated with longer duration of use.

Comorbid Insomnia Exacerbates Fibromyalgia Brain Changes

Comorbid Insomnia Exacerbates Fibromyalgia Brain Changes

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The Clinical Pain Advisor reviews a recent study in the Journal of Pain Research showing increased DMN activity during task-negative periods in patients with fibromyalgia and insomnia compared to patients with fibromyalgia alone.

Older Adults Now Largest Age Group Receiving Opioid Treatment

Older Adults Now Largest Age Group Receiving Opioid Treatment

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In 1996, those aged 50 to 59 made up 7.8% of the total patient population of opioid users, and in 2012 they made up 35.9% of the patient population.

Pain in Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy: Why Your Mileage Might Vary

Pain in Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy: Why Your Mileage Might Vary

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Pain either does or does not occur from the outset, and its presentation changes with disease progression.

Address Mental Health Barriers in Chronic Pain

Address Mental Health Barriers in Chronic Pain

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Depression, substance abuse are commonly reported in patients who have chronic pain.

Safely Prescribing Opioids in an Era of Overdose

Safely Prescribing Opioids in an Era of Overdose

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Risk stratification, drug screening, and pharmacogenetic testing should guide prescribing habits.

Marijuana Use and Child Physical Abuse: Is There an Association?

Marijuana Use and Child Physical Abuse: Is There an Association?

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As marijuana use becomes more prevalent, some are concerned about how parents' marijuana use affects their children.

Paradoxical Pain Perception in PTSD

Paradoxical Pain Perception in PTSD

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Ruth Defrin, PhD, and colleagues from Tel-Aviv University in Israel have uncovered new information on the mechanism underlying comorbid PTSD and chronic pain.

Opioid, Benzodiazepine Coprescribing Increases Overdose Risk

Opioid, Benzodiazepine Coprescribing Increases Overdose Risk

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Although coprescripting these two pain medications may be appropriate in some situations, complex pharmacokinetic interactions with concurrent use increases adverse effect risk.

Anxiety Predictive of Pain in Patients With MS

Anxiety Predictive of Pain in Patients With MS

Research confirms high prevalence of pain, affecting more than half of those with multiple sclerosis

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