Chronic Pain

Need relief from chronic pain? Marijuana may not help after all,...

Chronic Pain - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:40

When it comes to treating chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder, an increasing number of people are turning to marijuana for relief. However, those efforts may be in vain, because new research has found little evidence to support its effectiveness.

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Marijuana's effectiveness for chronic pain questioned in study

Chronic Pain - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:40

A new study casts doubt on whether marijuana is an effective treatment for pain, according to research funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and published Tuesday on the Annals of Internal Medicine web site. Experts have long held that anecdotal evidence has led to the widely held belief that the drug, now legal for medicinal purposes in 29 states and Washington, D.C., works to manage pain.

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Young Hurting A strange pain can overcome kids, especially high-achieving teen girls

Chronic Pain - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 06:52

Angie Friesen didn't think much of it when her sixth-grade daughter, Annelise, told her she'd hit her elbow on a desk at school. It wasn't until about a week later, when Annelise complained of pain from her elbow down to her hand, that the mother of four took her daughter to the family doctor for an X-ray.

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Little evidence that marijuana helps chronic pain, PTSD, studies find

Chronic Pain - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 19:32

Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Increasingly, people are turning to cannabis to treat a range of symptoms and conditions, including nausea, bipolar disorder and seizures.

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Evidence on cannabis for chronic pain and PTSD

Chronic Pain - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 19:32

The results of two systematic evidence reviews from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are published in Annals of Internal Medicine . Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 28 states and the District of Columbia and up to 80 percent of persons who seek medicinal cannabis do so for pain management.

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Evidence Lacking on Benefits of Cannabis for Treating Chronic Pain, PTSD

Chronic Pain - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 19:32

Evidence is limited on the benefits of cannabis use for treating chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to two reviews in the Annals of Internal Medicine . The review on chronic pain included 75 studies that examined the potential benefits and harms of cannabis use.

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Legal weed-an accidental solution to the opioid crisis?

Chronic Pain - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 15:09

It's hard to go a day in Canada without hearing about at least one of two types of drugs - but for vastly different reasons. One class of drug-opioids - kills four people a day in British Columbia .

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Should access to opioid painkillers be restricted?

Chronic Pain - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:37

States are creating laws to limit how many painkillers doctors can prescribe out in hopes of slowing the growing opioid epidemic. It's unclear if opioid painkillers can actually treat chronic pain or if drug companies are just doing a great job of marketing.

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Brain Markers May Impact Widespread Pain

Chronic Pain - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 10:28

"Sometimes we can easily pinpoint what is causing a person pain," said Richard Harris, Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and rheumatology at Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan. "But, there are still one in five Americans who suffer from persistent pain that is not easily identifiable."

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It's Literally Insane to Unleash Government against Opiates

Chronic Pain - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:45

This week, Donald Trump focused all his energy on addressing the opiate crisis. Calling for enhanced "law and order" tactics, Trump promised to use the very same methods that have already proven themselves to be useless in fighting drug consumption.

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Does widespread pain stem from the brain? MRI study investigates

Chronic Pain - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 18:06

"Sometimes we can easily pinpoint what is causing a person pain," says Richard Harris, Ph.D. , associate professor of anesthesiology and rheumatology at Michigan Medicine. "But, there are still 1 in 5 Americans who suffer from persistent pain that is not easily identifiable."

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Reducing dependency on opioid painkillers in rural and regional Australia

Chronic Pain - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:57

Between 2008 and 2011, the rate of people treated for dependency on morphine in rural and regional Australia was roughly double that of their major city counterparts . Dependency on morphine, codeine, oxycodone and other opioid painkillers reflects what we already know about life in the small towns of Australia.

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With drug overdoses soaring, states limit the length of painkiller prescriptions

Chronic Pain - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 21:25

Oxycodone pain pills prescribed for a patient with chronic pain lie on display in March 2016 in Norwich, Conn. States are enacting strict limits on the number of powerful prescription painkillers doctors can prescribe, a move that many believe will help fight the opioid crisis but has raised alarms among some physicians.

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The strange pain that can overcome kids, especially high-achieving teenage girls

Chronic Pain - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 15:16

US mum Angie Friesen didn't think much of it when her teenager daughter, Annelise, told her she'd hit her elbow on a desk at school. It wasn't until about a week later, when Annelise complained of pain from her elbow down to her hand, that the mother of four took her daughter to the family doctor for an X-ray.

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Newly discovered pathway for pain processing could lead to new treatments

Chronic Pain - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:54

The discovery of a new biological pathway involved in pain processing offers hope of using existing cancer drugs to replace the use of opioids in chronic pain treatment, according to scientists at McGill University. Because many therapeutic options, such as opioids, for patients with chronic pain carry the risk of addiction and undesirable side effects, this breakthrough offers promising lines of research into chronic pain treatment, says Luda Diatchenko, professor at McGill's Faculty of Dentistry and co-lead author of the new study The scientists discovered that EGFR blockers, routinely given to lung cancer patients to inhibit tumour growth, were as potent analgesics as morphine in mouse models of inflammatory and chronic pain.

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Zacks Investment Research Downgrades Corium International, Inc. (CORI) to Hold

Chronic Pain - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 16:43

According to Zacks, "Corium International, Inc. is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company. It is focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of specialty pharmaceutical products that leverage advanced technologies in transdermal and transmucosal delivery systems.

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Strange pain stalking high-achieving teenage girls

Chronic Pain - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 02:20

Angie Friesen didn't think much of it when her sixth-grade daughter, Annelise, told her she'd hit her elbow on a desk at school. It wasn't until about a week later, when Annelise complained of pain from her elbow down to her hand, that the mother of four took her daughter to the family doctor for an X-ray.

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Put down that painkiller, pick up a yoga mat: VA study finds yoga...

Chronic Pain - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 19:17

San Diego veterans were able to reduce debilitating back pain with twice-a-week yoga and -- in the middle of an overdose crisis -- the number on addictive painkillers dropped from 20% to 8%. San Diego veterans were able to reduce debilitating back pain with twice-a-week yoga and -- in the middle of an overdose crisis -- the number on addictive painkillers dropped from 20% to 8%.

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A Look At The Opioid Crisis

Chronic Pain - Sat, 08/05/2017 - 00:32

Sufferers of chronic pain may be quite willing to deal with addiction, but with long-term use, patients can develop a tolerance to the drugs. Even worse, users can develop hyperalgesia, whereby they experience an acute sensitization to pain that may be unlike their original pain even though they may, in fact, be stable and functioning on their meds.

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Animal health company Zoetis completed $85M deal for Irish firm

Chronic Pain - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 20:01

Zoetis Inc.'s laboratory and office building at 333 Portage St. in downtown Kalamazoo is shown in this Sept. 21, 2015 file photo.

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