Study: Trusted doctors may act as social placebo for pain relief | Brain scans may help show if infants are in pain, study says | Rheumatoid arthritis activity tied to pain thresholds
May 10, 2017
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Study: Trusted doctors may act as social placebo for pain relief
Patients who said they trusted their physicians and reported feeling similar to them in areas such as religious and cultural beliefs, or race and ethnicity, reported experiencing less pain during procedures and less anxiety, a study in the Journal of Pain found. Researchers said the study suggests trusted physicians may act as a "social placebo" that reduces pain.
National Pain Report (5/6),  Psych Central (5/7) 
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Brain scans may help show if infants are in pain, study says
UK researchers said they found a pain-related brain wave signal that may be used to measure how infants respond to analgesics, according to a report in Science Translational Medicine. The study, which used electroencephalography to record brain wave patterns of preterm and full-term infants, showed painless and mildly painful procedures led to different brain-wave patterns.
Scientific American online (5/4) 
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Rheumatoid arthritis activity tied to pain thresholds
Research in Arthritis Care & Research found low pressure pain thresholds were associated with higher rheumatoid arthritis activity, with each 1-unit PPT difference linked to a 1.29- to 3.30-point difference in the Clinical Disease Activity Index. The study also found thresholds were linked to tender joint count but not swollen joint count.
MedPage Today (free registration) (5/6) 
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CMS Open Payments: What You Need to Know
As part of CMS Open Payments, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers submitted data about their financial relationships with you - physicians and teaching hospitals. CMS encourages you to review that data before it is made available on a publicly accessible website. Learn more now!
Treatment News
Study links lack of sleep to pain sensitivity
A study in the journal Nature Medicine found a strong association between sleep deprivation and pain sensitivity. Researchers said ibuprofen and morphine did not prevent or stop the effects of pain hypersensitivity linked to sleep deprivation.
Medical News Today (5/8) 
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Policy & Trends
Studies highlight drug safety data, post-approval testing
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found 32% of drugs newly approved by the FDA were included in a total of 123 postmarket safety events over a median follow-up of about 11 years. A study in The BMJ found few post-approval efficacy studies on drugs the FDA approved using limited evidence to allow for an expedited route to market.
Medscape (free registration) (5/9),  Medscape (free registration) (5/10) 
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Report shows drop in pain medication prescribing
A QuintilesIMS Institute report showed that in 2016 acetaminophen/hydrocodone dropped to the fourth most prescribed drug in the US, reflecting a 34% decrease in the number of prescriptions since 2012. The report also showed a decrease in prescriptions for all pain medications for the second year a row.
Medscape (free registration) (5/4) 
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Reignite your passion for pain at this year's Annual Scientific Meeting! Discover the latest in multidisciplinary pain research and clinical care, May 17-20, in Pittsburgh. At the meeting, you will receive a one-of-a-kind education from so many esteemed leaders in the profession; recognize and celebrate your peers for exceptional work within the field; join hundreds of pain researchers and clinicians from across the country who share your passion and our purpose: translating research into relief. Registration closed Friday, May 9, at 12 pm CT. Learn more.
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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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