Research explores why children may develop chronic pain | Researchers target gene mutations in search for new pain drugs | Social touch, empathy may affect pain levels, researchers say
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July 13, 2016
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Research explores why children may develop chronic pain
A study in the journal Pain found genetics, early childhood environmental and learning factors and neurobiological development may play a role in the transmission of chronic pain from parent to child. Researchers said about half of an adult's risk of chronic pain may be linked to genetics.
PsychCentral.com (7/7),  NewKerala.com (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (7/7) 
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Researchers target gene mutations in search for new pain drugs
Biotech researchers are focusing on developing drugs that target genetic mutations that can turn the sensation of pain on or off. The goal is to develop treatments that relieve pain without the risk of addiction, but research still is in the early stages.
ScientificAmerican.com/STAT (7/6) 
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CMS Open Payments: What You Need to Know
As part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments, medical drug & device companies submitted data about their financial relationships with you–physicians and teaching hospitals. This data is now live and CMS encourages you to review, and dispute if needed, your information in the system. Limited time remaining–Learn more now!
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Social touch, empathy may affect pain levels, researchers say
Social touch, such as holding hands, and empathy between partners may affect pain levels, researchers reported in The Journal of Pain. "Our findings support the idea that pain perception models should be extended, taking into account some psychological characteristics of observers," researchers wrote.
HCPLive (7/11) 
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Studies look at effects of post-operative pain
Researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine that surgery patients had less than a 0.5% risk of opioid addiction following most procedures, compared with the general population. A second study in Pain Management found about 15% of patients with complex postoperative pain developed chronic pain and disability.
HCPLive (7/11),  HCPLive (7/8) 
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Policy & Trends
Policy requires IHS to use databases when prescribing opioids
Indian Health Service practitioners have been directed by HHS to use state prescription drug monitoring program databases before writing prescriptions for or dispensing opioid drugs for more than seven days. The policy will affect more than 1,200 clinicians in federal IHS facilities.
Healthcare Informatics online (7/6) 
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Medical schools pledge to prepare students for opioid epidemic
Over 60 medical schools in the US have agreed to improve the training of medical students on federal opioid use guidelines to the curriculum to help address widespread opioid abuse in the US, and federal grants have been awarded to dozens of medical schools to train future doctors to screen for drug abuse. "Students are expected to be able to identify and address that as well as they would someone's diabetes or hypertension," said Frances Levin of Columbia University.
The Associated Press (6/28) 
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Nominate your colleagues
Each year APS recognizes excellence by presenting eight awards in the area of career achievement, pain research, education and public service, advocacy in pain relief for children, outstanding service, and early career achievements. Nominate a colleague, and please be sure to include all the requested information. Letters of Support should clearly indicate how the accomplishments of the nominee qualify him/her to be recognized, according to the specific purpose of the award. Award nominations close on July 25. Learn more.
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