Magnetic force reduces pain signaling in neurons, researchers find | Study: Sex hormones could play a role in migraines | Study: Suicidal patients express higher pain tolerance
August 15, 2018
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Magnetic force reduces pain signaling in neurons, researchers find
Researchers created a hyaluronic acid hydrogel laced with magnetic particles and grew dorsal root ganglion neurons in it to test pain-signaling responses. After applying magnetic force, they found that pain signaling in these neurons decreased, as indicated by intracellular calcium levels.
Medical News Today (8/9) 
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Study: Sex hormones could play a role in migraines
Researchers suggest that the reason why migraines are more common in women may have to do with relationships between sex-specific hormones and the trigeminal system. These interactions make neurons more sensitive to migraine triggers, according to their model, and estrogen may play a key role.
Medical News Today (8/14) 
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Treatment News
Opioids frequently prescribed after vaginal delivery in US
A study in Obstetrics & Gynecology found opioid medications for pain were frequently prescribed to women following vaginal delivery in the week after hospital discharge, often dispensed in significant quantities and doses. The findings were based on an analysis of Truven Health Analytics MarketScan claims data between 2003 and 2015 for more than 1.3 million women.
Clinical Pain Advisor (8/8) 
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Music in hospice, palliative care improves patient well-being: study
Researchers at two hospitals in the Care New England health care system found that patients who chose to have a flutist play music in their rooms reported feeling emotionally and physical better and requested fewer opioid medications, according to a paper published in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Lead author Cynthia Peng said she hopes that more hospitals and health care settings will make music accessible as a source of comfort for patients and their families.
Futurity (8/13) 
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Policy & Trends
CDC: Opioid use disorder prevalence up 333% among pregnant women
CDC researchers found that the rate of US pregnant women with opioid use disorder rose from 1.5 per 1,000 deliveries in 1999 to 6.5 in 2014. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that OUD among pregnant women was most prevalent in Vermont and least prevalent in the District of Columbia.
CNN (8/9),  United Press International/HealthDay News (8/9) 
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Risk grows postpartum for moms with addictions
Risk grows postpartum for moms with addictions
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Women with opioid addictions are at heightened risk of relapse and overdose in the stressful months after giving birth, but health care and social services are often lacking for those with low income, studies show. In the 17 states that have not expanded Medicaid, pregnancy coverage expires 60 days after childbirth.
The Pew Charitable Trusts (8/14) 
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Mass. study: Opioid-related death rate highest in construction, extraction
A study by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that the rate of opioid-related deaths among employees in the construction and extraction sectors is six times the average rate for all workers in the state. The risk of opioid dependence is greater in high-risk occupations, with opioid deaths in construction and extraction representing 24% of such deaths among the state's overall workforce, the study found.
Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (8/9) 
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APS News
2019 Call for Poster Abstracts
Poster abstracts are being accepted for the 2019 APS Scientific Meeting. Interdisciplinary professionals in pain science and management will gather in Milwaukee, Wis., April 3-6 for this premier pain event. It's the ideal venue for both seasoned staff as well as students, trainees and fellows to showcase their original research and connect with leaders in the field. The deadline to submit an abstract has been extended to Oct. 1. Learn more.
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Earn up to 19 CMEs at Pain Care for Primary Care, Nov. 16-17, San Diego
Focused on solving clinical challenges and improving care for patients with pain and pain-related symptoms, this two-day symposium is hosted by the American Pain Society and the Global Academy for Medical Education in collaboration with the Journal of Family Practice. This is an ideal educational event for physicians, NPs and PAs in primary care who are seeking to enhance their knowledge and clinical expertise in the treatment and management of patients with chronic pain. Learn more.
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