Study assesses risks in taking long-acting opioids | Expectations key in success of acupuncture for lower-back pain | Interviews explore HIV patients' pain-management strategies
February 18, 2015
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Study assesses risks in taking long-acting opioids
Research that included data on 840,606 veterans who were mostly male and over age 50 linked long-acting opioid medications with greater odds of unintentional overdoses compared with shorter-acting forms of the medicines. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine found the risk escalated during the first two weeks of treatment. Medscape (free registration) (2/18)
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Expectations key in success of acupuncture for lower-back pain
Patients treated for lower-back pain with acupuncture are more likely to see benefits if they believe it to be effective, according to a study in The Journal of Clinical Pain. Those with very low expectations "were more likely to report less benefit as treatment went on," said study author Dr. Felicity Bishop. Medical News Today (2/16)
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Get It Right: Pricing Strategies That Work
Many entrepreneurs hope for success by offering low prices, while in fact most world-class entrepreneurs succeed by setting higher prices. If you're not exactly sure which pricing strategy will work for your business, these 6 steps can help you set your company's prices for success. Read the exclusive article now.

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Athletic tape offers limited pain relief, study finds
Patients with chronic muscle pain may get some relief from therapeutic tape, but other treatments still are better options, researchers reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The study found that tape is better than no treatment, but it failed to reduce pain when compared with standard treatments, including physical therapy and exercise. Reuters (2/16)
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Study: Radiant warmth and sucrose may reduce vaccination pain
Crying and grimacing decreased by half when newborns were given a few drops of 24% sucrose solution and radiant warmth before vaccinations, compared with using sucrose alone, according to a study in Pediatrics. The warmth may mimic the effects of breast-feeding, which is associated with less newborn pain during procedures. Medscape (free registration) (2/16)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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Pain-management specialists offer patients more options
Millions of people deal with chronic pain, but many may not be aware that pain-management specialists can provide medication and alternative therapies. Dr. Dan-Thuy Tran, of the pain management program at Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey, said some pain responds better to physical or aquatic therapy. "People should know there are pain specialists and there are more options that are relevant and available to them," Tran said. Times Herald (Port Huron, Mich.) (tiered subscription model) (2/17)
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House committee approves bill to change DEA's drug-scheduling process
A bill that would require the Drug Enforcement Administration to follow a strict timeline when scheduling drugs subject to the Controlled Substances Act was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill would also make it easier for firms to manufacture drugs for clinical trials and would enable patients to gain access to new drugs more quickly. The full House of Representatives will vote on the bill. Regulatory Focus (2/13)
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

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Plenary lecture on visceral pain
When you attend the Annual Scientific Meeting, you have the opportunity to learn from esteemed leaders in the pain management profession. Jerry Gebhart, Ph.D., will present a plenary lecture on the knowns and unknowns of visceral pain. Dr. Gebhart will discuss the underlying mechanisms of managing chronic visceral pain, which vary between different organs. The session will be held Thursday, May 15, at 8:30 a.m. Other plenary sessions will feature topics on cannabis and pain, long-term outcomes of chronic pain, and clinical implications of glial dysregulation of pain. The 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Palm Springs, Calif., on May 13-16. Experience 28 symposia, two workshops, 13 shared interest group meetings and more. Continuing education credit is available for physicians, psychologists, nurses and pharmacists. Learn more.
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APS is looking for your innovative research
Is your research unique, innovative and compelling? Submit your research to this year's Clinical and Basic Science Data Blitz. The data blitz will be held Wednesday, May 13, in Palm Springs, Calif., as part of the APS Annual Scientific Meeting. The event will include selected presentations of new research in a rapid format. Presenters will have five minutes to present their data, followed by five minutes of a question-and-answer session. The blitz will be moderated by Todd Vanderah, Ph.D.; Michael Jankowski, Ph.D.; Benedict Kolber, Ph.D.; Marie Hoeger Bement, Ph.D. MPT; and 2014 Data Blitz session winner, Peter Grace, Ph.D. The application deadline is Thursday, March 19. Learn more.
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