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Pain Management

February 26, 2021
Two strategies for relieving chronic pain with the use of transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS) studied by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina may open the door to an alternative to the use of prescription opioids. Findings of the study were published by the journal…
January 25, 2021
A study conducted by physician researchers the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has found that a new pain management regimen for trauma patients that uses mostly over-the-counter medications reduces opioid exposure while providing a comparable level of pain control as other…
December 11, 2020
In study findings presented at the 2020 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, women who received a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after a diagnosis of breast cancer were found to be at a greater risk of chronic controlled substance use, per media reports. The session was presented by Jacob…
September 11, 2020
In patients with comorbid chronic pain and substance use disorders, developing protocols for continuing opioid therapy are key for patient safety, W. Clay Jackson, MD, and Arwen Podesta, MD, DFASAM, DFAPA, ABIHM, told Psych Congress 2020 attendees.
April 28, 2020
A New Jersey law enacted in 2017 that requires practitioners to discuss opioid pain medications’ potential for addiction with patients and to also discuss non-opioid alternatives when available appears to be making an impact, according to research released last week. The study, commissioned by the…
April 14, 2020
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced the number of opioid prescriptions written for veterans by 56% over the past eight years. Moving forward, a combination of technology and alternatives to opioids will be critical to helping veterans manage their chronic pain, VA Secretary Robert…
February 06, 2020
Research covering the period from 2011-2015 has found that around half of opioid prescriptions written by dentists exceeded the three-day supply recommended in pain management guidelines for the profession.
February 05, 2020
As a professor at West Virginia University, John Temple saw firsthand how opioids were decimating his state. Curious as to how prescription pain medications had become so pervasive, he traveled south to the source of so many. In “American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed…
January 27, 2020
The two main conclusions of the Emerging Threats Report 2019 from the National Emerging Threats Initiative (NETI) likely will not surprise many who are involved in anti-drug efforts: The trend that fueled the opioid crisis has peaked and should remain in decline, while supply and demand associated…
December 11, 2019
Over the past year, Massachusetts physicians have increasingly taken advantage of a consultation service to assist them with challenges involved in treating patients with chronic pain, substance use disorders, or the particularly vexing combination of the two.
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