Opioid painkillers widely prescribed among reproductive age women

Opioid exposure during pregnancy increases risk of some birth defects ...

Grey matter matters when it comes to feeling pain

Like humans, fish recoil from pain. ...

Having a romantic partner present can make pain feel worse

The support of a romantic partner is often advised for painful medical procedures, but new research from UCL, King’s College London and the University of Hertfordshire finds that this can actually make the pain feel worse. ... Full story

Patients across Europe to get improved access to pain medicines

Governments in 12 European countries are to implement the recommendations of research into why more patients are not receiving essential painkillers. ... Full story

Study identifies patients at higher risk for overdose and death from prescription painkillers

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) - Patients started on prescription painkillers who have substance-use disorders or who frequently contact their doctors’ offices are at greater risk of having their medication doses increase early in therapy, also increasing their risk of opioid-related overdose or death, UC Davis Health System researchers have found. ... Full story

Chronic low-back pain research standards announced by NIH task force

Better research may help address health issue that affects millions ... Full story

Commonly Prescribed Drug for Lower Back Pain Not Effective

A new study out today in the journal Neurology shows that pregabalin is not effective in controlling the pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis, the most common type of chronic lower back pain in older adults. ... Full story

‘Placebo therapy’ ineffective for long-term chronic pain relief

Studies have shown that patients improve with placebo ‘treatment’, and placebo is even discussed as a recommend course of therapy in some cases ... Full story

Baby steps to easing labour pain

Professor Sue Kildea is leading a pain management trial. ... Full story

Why treating shoulder pain in baseball pitchers and other athletes is so difficult

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Despite increasing medical knowledge, treating shoulder pain in baseball pitchers and other throwing athletes remains one of the most challenging tasks in sports medicine. ... Full story

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