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Fifteen percent of Medicare patients go home with pain-relieving prescriptions

Hospitals with higher rates of opioid prescription also had the best ratings for pain management, study finds ...

Morphine use doubles duration of pain, increases pain severity

Instead of helping to overcome chronic pain, morphine can more than double the duration of pain, as well as amplifying its severity, ...

Innocoll Announces XARACOLL® (bupivacaine-collagen bioresorbable implant) Meets Primary Endpoint in Both Pivotal Phase 3 Trials in Postoperative Pain Relief

First long-acting, opioid-sparing, local analgesic to meet primary endpoints of Phase 3 clinical trials in hernia repair ... Full story

Health policy “needs to prioritise chronic pain”

‘Societal Impact of Pain’ Symposium 2016 discusses the socioeconomic impact of pain and policy solutions ... Full story

Cells carry 'memory' of injury, which could reveal why chronic pain persists

A new study from King’s College London offers clues as to why chronic pain can persist, even when the injury that caused it has gone. Although still in its infancy, this research could explain how small and seemingly innocuous injuries leave molecular ‘footprints’ which add up to more lasting damage, and ultimately chronic pain. ... Full story

Study Finds Many Patients Abusing Drugs and Alcohol are Self-Medicating Chronic Pain

(Boston)—With opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse considered one of the biggest public health threats of our time in the U.S., many are asking why so many Americans are struggling with addiction to illegal drugs and prescription medications. New research suggests that chronic pain may be part of the answer. ... Full story

Studying US basket ballers’ knee pain

A research team led by La Trobe University has just received a $200,000 US grant to probe troubling knee conditions that afflict about 40 per cent of all professional basketball players. ... Full story

Brighter prospects for chronic pain

Researchers use optogenetics to produce pain relief by shutting off neurons with light ... Full story

Meaning of brain scans for ‘pain’ called into question

Patterns of brain activity thought to show pain responses have been called into question after researchers from UCL and the University of Reading saw such patterns in rare patients born without a sense of pain. ... Full story

Taking the fight against risky pain pill use to the ER: Study shows promise

Long-lasting effect of motivational interviews in reducing risky opioid use ... Full story

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