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December 10, 2014
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Anxiety disorders make migraine pain worse, expert says
Migraine patients with anxiety disorders can have worse pain, hypervigilance and catastrophizing tendencies, New England Institute for Neurology and Headache psychologist Steven Baskin told an American Headache Society conference. Psychological interventions to reduce anxiety sensitivity may help migraine patients, he said. Family Practice News (12/4)
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Patients say weather affects pain, and researchers seek evidence
Researchers continue to look for a link between pain and changes in the weather, and the few studies that have been done have come up with mixed findings. Some researchers say it's possible that changes in barometric pressure play a role. Harvard Medical School's Dr. Robert Jamison said his study found 67% of people with chronic pain believe weather changes affect their pain, and "that's the reality of it." Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/9)
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Treatment News
Study: Epilepsy patients have more pain, higher opioid use
A study of insurance claims shows individuals with epilepsy had higher rates of claims for opioid prescriptions and more diagnoses of conditions related to pain. Despite a lack of effectiveness, opioids were commonly prescribed for pain-related conditions such as headache, joint pain, sciatica and sinusitus, Dr. Andrew Wilner said at the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/7)
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Study links tramadol to greater hypoglycemia risk
Data on more than 300,000 patients showed that patients who took the narcotic pain medication tramadol had a 52% higher risk of hospitalization for hypoglycemia, particularly in the first 30 days of use, compared with codeine users. The findings were reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (12/8)
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Policy & Trends
Many physicians writing fewer pain drug scripts, study finds
Ninety percent of 580 U.S. doctors surveyed expressed concern about abuse of prescription drugs among their communities. Close to half said they are less inclined to prescribe potent pain drugs than they were a year ago, and 85% think narcotics are being overprescribed. The study appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (12/8)
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Do not miss the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting!
APS is repaving the road to engagement and education at the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting. As the premier pain science event, the annual meeting allows attendees to discuss, discover and interact. The meeting provides multiple opportunities to discuss research and trending issues with presenters, discover not-yet-published research at Spring Pain, and interact with attendees and exhibitors in the Experience Exchange. The educational experience is bigger than ever, with over 28 sessions, including two workshops and four plenary sessions. Discuss real-world topics and informative research with pain science professionals in Palm Springs, Calif., from May 13-16. Register now.
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Did you miss the methadone safety webinar?
The recording of "The Methadone Safety Guidelines: A Live Webinar" is now available for viewing. This webinar provides recommendations for the safe use of methadone, including how to avoid risks related to overdose and cardiac arrhythmias. Participants will learn the epidemiology of methadone-associated harms, unique properties of methadone and strategies to reduce risk overdose. Speakers include Roger Chou, M.D., lead author of the Methadone Safety Guidelines; Melissa Weimer, D.O. MCR; and moderator Keela Herr, Ph.D. RN AGSF FAAN. The material presented in the webinar is derived from the methadone safety clinical practice guideline developed by APS and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, in collaboration with the Heart Rhythm Society. The webinar is beneficial to all primary care physicians. Learn more.
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