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December 2016 Briefing - Pain Management

Last Updated: January 01, 2017.

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

No Effect for BUP TAP Catheter on Chronic Pain After Breast Recon

FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing autologous breast reconstruction, the incidence of chronic postsurgical pain (CPSP) does not differ for patients receiving transversus abdominis plane (TAP) catheters delivering bupivacaine or saline bolus, according to a study published online Dec. 20 in Pain Practice.

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Chair Yoga Helps Older Adults Manage Osteoarthritis Pain

THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Chair yoga may produce sustained improvements in pain interference among older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis (OA), according to a study published online Dec. 23 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Superior for Lumbar Facet Joint Syndrome

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For intra-articular injection autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and local anesthetic (LA)/corticosteroid are effective, easy, and safe in the treatment of lumbar facet joint syndrome, according to a study published online Dec. 18 in Pain Practice.

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Severe Symptoms, Ocular Pain Linked to Dry Eye Persistence

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Severe dry eye symptoms and ocular pain at baseline are associated with persistent severe dry eye symptoms one year later, according to a study published online Dec. 22 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Personal Health Care Spending Continues to Soar in the U.S.

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- From 1996 to 2013 there were considerable increases in personal health care spending in the United States, with the highest amounts for diabetes, ischemic heart disease, and low back and neck pain, according to a study published in the Dec. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Most Postpartum Moms OK With Self-Administered Pain Meds

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There is high satisfaction for a postpartum self-administered medication (SAM) program on postpartum wards, according to a study published online Dec. 20 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

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Unrecognized Heart Attacks Tied to Higher Pain Tolerance

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who experience unrecognized myocardial infarction (MI) have reduced pain sensitivity compared to those who experience recognized MI, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Police Referral Without Arrest Lets Opioid Abusers Seek Help

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A direct referral program and use of an interim buprenorphine regimen can be beneficial for encouraging individuals with an opioid-use disorder to seek help, and for reducing drug-related risks, according to two research letters published online Dec. 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Research for Post-Craniotomy Analgesia Uneven in Quality

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Studies reporting pharmacological and adjuvant analgesic modalities for post-craniotomy pain control have significant divergence in their research methods, according to a review published online Dec. 20 in Pain Practice.

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CDC: Fatal Drug Overdoses Up Significantly in the United States

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drug overdose deaths increased 23 percent between 2010 and 2014, with 47,055 Americans dying in 2014, according to findings published in the Dec. 20 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Vital Statistics Reports.

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2002 to 2014 Saw Increase in Marijuana Use in Women

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of marijuana use increased among women from 2002 to 2014, and less than 10 percent of adult marijuana users report use for medical purposes, according to two research letters published online Dec. 19 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Health Care Provider Burnout Negatively Affects Quality, Safety

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Health care provider burnout is negatively associated with quality and safety of health care, according to a meta-analysis published recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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DEA Announces Critical Changes in Registration Renewal Process

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced critical changes in its registration renewal process, according to a report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Review Provides Evidence for Sweet Taste Analgesia in Infants

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite evidence for sweet taste reducing pain and crying time in neonates, most trials still include placebo/no-treatment arms, according to a review published online Dec. 16 in Pediatrics.

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'Zombie' Outbreak in NYC Caused by Synthetic Cannabinoid

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Synthetic cannabis that triggered a "zombie" outbreak in a New York City neighborhood last summer was significantly more potent than real cannabis, according to a study published online Dec. 14 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Prevalence of Anti-TSH Receptor Antibody High in Fibromyalgia

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) have high prevalence of anti-thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) receptor antibody (TRAb), according to a study published online Nov. 30 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

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Regular Cannabis Use May Affect Retinal Ganglion Cell Function

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regular cannabis users appear to experience a slight delay in their retinal ganglion cell (RGC) signaling, according to a study published online Dec. 8 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Naloxone Price Hikes Could Affect Rates of Opioid-Related Deaths

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Escalating prices of the drug naloxone may threaten efforts to reduce opioid-related deaths across America, according to a perspective piece published in the Dec. 8 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Cannabis Use Up in Americans Aged 50 and Up

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More older Americans are using cannabis, according to a study published online Dec. 5 in Addiction.

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Prevalence of Disability 2.7 Percent at U.S. Medical Schools

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of disability is 2.7 percent among medical students at U.S. allopathic medical schools, according to a research letter published in the Dec. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue of medical education.

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Learning Interventions Can Improve Med Student Well-Being

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Specific learning interventions may improve emotional well-being among medical students, according to a review published in the Dec. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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Depression, Suicide Ideation Prevalent in Medical Students

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalences of depression or depressive symptoms and suicide ideation are 27.2 and 11.1 percent, respectively, among medical students, according to a review published in the Dec. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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Augmented Reality, Gaming May Help Relieve Phantom Limb Pain

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Amputees who experience phantom limb pain may benefit from playing a virtual reality game that simulates the movement of missing limbs, according to a study published online Dec. 1 in The Lancet.

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Psilocybin Can Pull Cancer Patients Quickly Out of Despair

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A single dose of psilocybin can quickly lifts the spirits of cancer patients, and the effect can last as long as six months, according to two studies published online Dec. 1 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

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CDC: Fewer U.S. Families Struggling to Pay Medical Bills

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people in families having problems paying medical bills fell by nearly 13 million from 2011 through the first six months of 2016, according to a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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