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April 12, 2017
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Study: BPAT effective at evaluating pain in ICU patients
A behavior pain assessment tool was found effective in evaluating pain severity among ICU patients unable to communicate verbally, researchers reported in the journal Pain. Researchers found the most common nonverbal cue indicating pain was facial grimacing.
Clinical Innovation + Technology online (4/5) 
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Study: Peripheral nervous system may alter pain signals
The peripheral nervous system may limit sensory information sent to the brain about pain, warmth or solidity of objects, which could have an implication for development of pain medication, researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. "We found the peripheral nervous system has the ability to alter the information sent to the brain, rather than blindly passing everything on to the central nervous system," said University of Leeds researcher Nikita Gamper.
The Huffington Post (4/10) 
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Researchers develop light-activated pain drug
Researchers reported in the journal eLife they have created a pain drug that is activated by light. The process includes chemically modifying a pain medication to make it photosensitive and inactive, allowing it to be activated when exposed to light at a specific wavelength.
The Economic Times (India)/Asian News International (4/12) 
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Spinal manipulation may have modest benefit for acute pain
Spinal manipulation to treat acute low back pain may yield a statistically significant but clinically modest benefit for up to six weeks, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers said the effect was comparable to taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
Medscape (free registration) (4/11) 
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Policy & Trends
Pain intensity varies by education level, gender, study says
A review of patient pain scores after surgery found people with higher education levels had lower levels of pain intensity and greater self-management behavior compared with those who had less education. Researchers reported in the AORN Journal that women had higher pain intensity levels and lower pain self-management behavior than men. (4/6) 
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Many counties lack opioid rehab options for Medicaid-covered Americans
Areas where opioid addiction treatment is most needed often lack adequate treatment options for low-income Americans, researchers report in Health Services Research. The study looked at about 1,150 rehabilitation programs across 48 states and Washington, D.C., finding that less than 750 of them accept Medicaid, and many counties had no access to treatment for Medicaid beneficiaries.
HealthDay News (4/7) 
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The Fundamentals of Translational Pain Medicine: Integrating Science into Clinical Care -- Group Discounts Available
Advances in the management of people in pain are linked to advances in basic science and its translation to clinical care. The Fundamentals Course will provide a foundation for students, trainees and early career pain scientists and clinicians with a translational focus for each topic presented. This course provides both pre-work and live interactive participation. Attendees will experience new levels of interdisciplinary integration in the science and treatment of patients with pain. Group discounts available for Groups of 3 or more. Contact Member Services at 847.375.4715 for complete details. Learn more.
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New! Featured clinical and basic science abstracts
New to this year's scientific programming are the Featured Basic Science Abstracts and Featured Clinical Abstracts symposia. The 2017 Scientific Program Committee reviewed over 400 poster abstracts this year and identified six basic science and six clinical abstracts to be featured as part of the accredited schedule. Each symposium will consist of the six featured poster abstracts with authors presenting for 10 minutes followed by five minutes of Q and A. For a closer look at who's presenting, visit the detailed program schedule.
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