The Handoff: Your Week in Pain News – 2/17/17

The Handoff is a weekly roundup of pain management news covering developments in clinical research, pharmaceuticals, pain management guidelines, initiatives to address the opioid epidemic, and technologies for pain. Keep your finger on the pulse of pain research with The Handoff.

New guidelines by the American College of Physicians recommend first-line treatments for patients with low back pain should be non-pharmacologic.

Massage therapy was found to improve fatigue and pain in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to a pilot study.

Online risk prediction tool Promise allows clinicians to determine which patients presenting with chest pain require non-invasive cardiac tests, according to an analysis of PROMISE clinical trial data.

Dyspareunia in post-menopausal women was found to be alleviated by estrogen therapy in the form of a vaginal softgel capsule.

Palliative radiation therapy as adjunct treatment was found to successfully alleviate bone metastases-associated pain.

Intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to treat respiratory infections may increase the risk of acute myocardial infarction.