Pain Management

Legal Cannabis Use High Among Cancer Patients in WA

Legal Cannabis Use High Among Cancer Patients in WA

Legalization increases likelihood of use; most want information about the drug from their doctors

Optimal Post-Op Opioid Pain Rx Explored

Optimal Post-Op Opioid Pain Rx Explored

Optimal length for each procedure lies between observed median prescription length and early nadir.

Opioid Overprescribing, Overdosing Common in Dialysis

Opioid Overprescribing, Overdosing Common in Dialysis

High-risk dialysis population also subject to the risks of long-term opioid use.

Opioids Still Overprescribed

Opioids Still Overprescribed

Nearly 92 million Americans used legitimately prescribed opioids in 2015, survey shows

Post-op Pain Assessment Often Inaccurate

Post-op Pain Assessment Often Inaccurate

The researchers found that within the first 24 hours on the ward, pain scores were significantly lower in routine pain measurements than in PAIN OUT questionnaires.

Bacteria,Fungi Discovered in Medical Marijuana

Bacteria,Fungi Discovered in Medical Marijuana

A patient developed a rare and incurable fungal infection after using aerosolized marijuana and ultimately died.

Radiation Therapy Reduces Pain From Bone Metastases

Radiation Therapy Reduces Pain From Bone Metastases

A single 8-Gy radiotherapy dose for bone metastases should be offered to all patients, even those with poor survival.

Optimizing Management of Post-Surgical Pain

Optimizing Management of Post-Surgical Pain

Postoperative pain continues to be undermanaged.

FDA Approving More Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

FDA Approving More Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

While ADFs of opioids may help mitigate the risk of opioid abuse, they have limitations as well.

Guidelines Issued for Managing Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors

Guidelines Issued for Managing Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors

Recurrent disease, second malignancy, late-onset treatment effects should be assessed in patients with new pain.

Long-Acting Opioids May Increase Risk of Premature Death

Long-Acting Opioids May Increase Risk of Premature Death

In a study of patients who had been prescribed long-acting opioid medications, 185 patients in the opioid group died.

Renal Stone Patients Benefit from Post-SWL Tamsulosin

Renal Stone Patients Benefit from Post-SWL Tamsulosin

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Pain episodes and need for adjuvant intervention decreased, but the alpha blocker did not improve renal stone clearance rates.

Many Doctors Prescribe Opioids for Longer Than Recommended

Many Doctors Prescribe Opioids for Longer Than Recommended

While 99% exceed the recommended 3-day dosage limit, a quarter write Rx for opioids for a full month.

FDA Adds Boxed Warning to Opioid Pain Medications

FDA Adds Boxed Warning to Opioid Pain Medications

New labeling rules require immediate-release opioids to carry warnings for the serious risk for misuse.

Doctors React to New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Doctors React to New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Mainly supportive of guidelines, but concerns include lack of evidence underlying recommendations.

Opioid Use Linked to Low Testosterone

Opioid Use Linked to Low Testosterone

Increased odds of low testosterone with opioid exposure; increased odds with increasing age, comorbidities.

NSAIDs for CKD, Hypertension Out of Line With Choosing Wisely

NSAIDs for CKD, Hypertension Out of Line With Choosing Wisely

Declines in 2 of 7 recommendations: imaging for headache and cardiac imaging for low-risk patients.

Comorbidities Increase Hospitalization Risk in CKD Patients

Comorbidities Increase Hospitalization Risk in CKD Patients

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Besides hypertension and diabetes, 'discordant' co-existing illnesses as chronic pulmonary disease predict adverse outcomes.

Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis Linked to Statins

Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis Linked to Statins

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Regular and irregular use of the lipid-lowering medications increased the risk of BPS/IC.

Negative Spiritual Belief Linked to Worse Health Outcomes

Negative Spiritual Belief Linked to Worse Health Outcomes

Link seen for individuals with heterogeneous health conditions, regardless of positive spiritual beliefs.

Migraine Severity Linked to Cholesterol Levels

Migraine Severity Linked to Cholesterol Levels

Number and intensity of crises reduced in association with reduction in total, LDL cholesterol.

Joint Pain Linked to DPP-4 Inhibitor Use by Type 2 Diabetics

Joint Pain Linked to DPP-4 Inhibitor Use by Type 2 Diabetics

FDA advises diabetes patients taking DPP-inhibitors who experience severe joint pain to contact their doctors.

Erectile Dysfunction Risk Not Lowered by Aspirin, Other NSAIDS

Erectile Dysfunction Risk Not Lowered by Aspirin, Other NSAIDS

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Lack of association found in a study of men in the placebo arm of the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial.

Spouses of Stroke Patients Have Lower Quality of Life

Spouses of Stroke Patients Have Lower Quality of Life

Years of caregiving take physical, emotional toll, researchers find.

Acetaminophen Boosts CGM Glucose Readings

Acetaminophen Boosts CGM Glucose Readings

CGM glucose values increased versus blood glucose meter values in acetaminophen challenge.

Pain Prevalence and Severity Among U.S. Residents

Pain Prevalence and Severity Among U.S. Residents

6.4% of adults classified as having highest level of pain, based on persistence, bothersomeness.

Music Aids Patient Recovery from Surgery

Music Aids Patient Recovery from Surgery

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Patients who listened to music had less pain, anxiety, and analgesia use after their operations, compared with patients receiving routine care or non-drug interventions.

Why You Should Ask Patients About Alternative Pain Therapies

Why You Should Ask Patients About Alternative Pain Therapies

Although most said they'd let their physician know if asked, survey finds.

Cannabis Relieves Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain

Cannabis Relieves Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain

Dose-dependent reduction in pain with inhaled cannabis in trial of 16 patients.

Many Americans with Heart Disease Taking Aspirin

Many Americans with Heart Disease Taking Aspirin

Clinical and community-based approaches should be used to increase aspirin use among low-use groups.

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