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June 24, 2015
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Tool developed to predict progression from acute to chronic pain
Researchers studied data on 605 patients with acute lower back pain in developing a clinical decision rule that uses eight criteria for determining the risk of chronic pain. The study in The Spine Journal categorized the patients into low-, moderate- and high-risk groupings. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (6/22)
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Anxiety may be significant risk factor for MS pain, study says
Anxiety may be an independent predictor of pain in patients with multiple sclerosis, researchers reported in the journal Pain Medicine. The multicenter study found that more than half of MS patients have pain and that it is strongly associated with anxiety, and with disability and depression. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (6/23)
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Long-acting oxycodone/naloxone studied for Parkinson's pain
Parkinson's disease patients with severe pain reported relief after taking prolonged-release oxycodone/naloxone, compared with patients taking a placebo, researchers told the European Academy of Neurology meeting. The therapy was associated with reductions in all types of reported pain, with the biggest improvements in nocturnal and musculoskeletal pain. MedWire News (U.K.) (6/22)
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Study: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may relieve fibromyalgia symptoms
Study data showed 70% of fibromyalgia patients could not be classified as having the condition following two months of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The study in PLOS ONE found that the therapy was associated with reductions in pain and other symptoms, and brain scans indicated changes in activity in pain-related parts of the brain. HealthDay News (6/24)
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Policy & Trends
Ultrasound part of most chronic pain management training, survey finds
Twenty-six of 31 chronic pain management programs surveyed in the U.S. and Canada include ultrasound training for their fellows, according to research published in Pain Medicine. Training was primarily patient-based and used to guide placement of peripheral nerve blocks, non-axial musculoskeletal injections and axial nerve blocks. PhysiciansBriefing.com (6/18)
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OIG finds questionable Part D billing
An HHS Office of Inspector General report on fraud and abuse in Medicare Part D noted questionable pharmacy billing claims at 1,400 pharmacies linked with opioid medications. A second report said the CMS should seek Medicare authority to restrict patients suspected of doctor-shopping for controlled substance prescriptions to a limited number of physicians and pharmacies. New York and Los Angeles were identified as areas with high rates of questionable prescribing. National Public Radio/ProPublica (6/23), Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (6/23)
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2016 call for symposia
The APS Scientific Program Committee invites the submission of proposals for symposia for presentation at the 35th Annual Scientific Meeting May 11-14, 2016 in Austin, Texas. The Scientific Program Committee requests that all proposals reflect APS' multidisciplinary approach to pain science, translational research and treatment. The committee seeks proposals that are creative in terms of designing their sessions to offer attendees an opportunity to interact with faculty. The deadline is Monday, July 20. Learn more.
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