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July 16, 2014
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Onset of lower back pain doesn't change with weather, study finds
Rain and cold may not trigger lower back pain, according to an Australian study reported in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. The symptoms of nearly 1,000 people were compared to conditions such as air pressure, temperature, humidity and precipitation, and only wind speed showed a significant correlation with onset of back pain. Reuters (7/14)
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Cyclists train through pain, sport study finds
Pain and injuries in dedicated cyclists don't correlate with training volume and flexibility, according to a study of 63 athletes who specialize in the sport. Training through pain was common among study participants, and those who started the study in pain were more likely to develop new pain. The results were reported in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. Canada.com/Postmedia News (7/14)
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Methylprednisolone doesn't boost opioid's effect against cancer pain
Methylprednisolone does not appear to improve the pain-relieving benefits of opioid therapy for cancer pain, according to a randomized 50-patient study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. No significant differences were seen after seven days in medicine use or pain relief. Patients who received methylprednisolone did report less fatigue and better appetites. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (7/15)
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Workers' comp review finds factors related to nonorganic back pain
An analysis of data on 127 workers' compensation patients with lower back pain found that risk factors for nonorganic pain included injuries resulting from slips, falls or lifting; injuries in more than two bodily areas; and the combination of cervical and thoracic complaints, according to a report in The Spine Journal. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (7/14)
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OTC diabetic peripheral neuropathy device cleared by FDA
The FDA has cleared for over-the-counter sale a device that helps relieve diabetic peripheral neuropathy and other chronic leg and foot pain. The Sensus Pain Management system, developed by Massachusetts-based NeuroMetrix, is a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator that is strapped around the leg. It can be activated for 60-minute sessions or placed on continuous mode. MedGadget.com (7/9)
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FDA could soon approve Salix's chronic pain drug
Salix Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA has shown intent to approve an injectable formulation of its drug Relistor for the treatment of chronic pain in patients without cancer. The agency asked Salix to submit additional data from post-marketing observational studies, and Salix plans to submit the information within the next few weeks. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)/.Biz blog (7/14)
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Policy & Trends
Author: History of pain holds lessons for today
In centuries past, suffering was invested with spiritual significance, and today's reliance on effective anesthetics and analgesics may be obscuring the human need for empathy and understanding of the experience of pain, writes Joanna Bourke, the author of "The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers." A "valorization of detachment" discourages the telling of personal stories of pain that can help patients and guide treatment, Bourke writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/12)
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Award nomination deadline approaching
Each year APS recognizes excellence by presenting eight awards in the area of career achievement, pain research, education and public service, advocacy in children pain relief, outstanding service and early career achievements. As a pain professional, we value your network and would like you to consider nominating those individuals who have made an impact in the field of pain management. Your professional opinion matters -- help recognize deserving individuals in the pain management field. Recipients will be recognized during a reception at the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, July 25. Learn more.
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Complex pain condition symposium at IASP World Congress
Are you attending the ISAP World Congress in October? Attend a full-day symposium on complex persistent pain condition on Sunday, Oct. 5. Co-sponsored by the IASP Orofacial, Genetics and Sex/Gender Special Interest Group, "Complex Persistent Pain Condition: Common and Unique Pathways of Vulnerability," will be presented a day prior to the opening of the 15th World Congress on Pain. The satellite symposium will be moderated by William Maixner, Ph.D., and will cover the range of factors underlying complete persistent pain conditions. Internationally recognized clinicians, psychophysiologists, geneticists and epidemiologists will present on genetic and molecular mechanisms and emerging methods. Etiologies and clinical manifestations will be emphasized. The World Congress in Pain will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 6-11. Early registration ends on Friday, July 25, and seating is limited to 200 people. Register now.
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