Researchers reviewed data for over 33,600 adult participants in the 2015 US National Health Interview Survey and found that almost one-third of those with arthritis were younger than 65 years. The findings, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, also showed that among young adults, the incidence of joint pain was nearly 17% for women and 19% for men.
Women participating in pain studies may be more likely to accurately report pain than men, according to a UK researcher. Based on questionnaires filled out by 137 students, a willingness to participate in pain studies correlated with masculine identification, according to the study in the Journal of Pain.
Vioxx, or rofecoxib, a drug shelved by Merck in 2004 because data showed it doubled the risk of stroke or heart attack, could be brought back by Tremeau Pharmaceuticals as a potential treatment for hemophilia patients with severe joint pains.
Pharmaceutical companies have developed drugs to treat opioid dependence, overdose and side effects, but few incentives exist for the development of less-addictive alternatives to opioid drugs, economists and industry experts say. Drug plans have limited coverage of abuse-resistant formulations and of older pain drugs, and many will not cover pain-relieving devices, such as ice machines.
Even seasoned health care professionals may miss the symptoms of opioid withdrawal in surgical patients, and some in the field say hospitals should be penalized if their patients become addicted after hospital-based care. "Addressing long-term opioid use as a hospital-acquired condition will draw a clear line between appropriate and inappropriate use, and will empower hospitals to develop evidenced-based standards of care for managing post-operative pain adequately while also helping protect the patient from future harm," said Dr. Michael Schlosser, co-author of a Health Affairs article on the subject.
The Rita Allen Foundation and APS announce the 2018 Award in Pain and may award two grants in the amount of $50,000 annually, for a period of up to three years to those research proposals demonstrating the greatest merit and potential for success. To learn more about the Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain, please visit the APS website.
If you are a junior investigator planning a clinical research study, you are invited to submit a summary of proposed research to the ACTTION-APS workshop! This is a great opportunity to obtain constructive feedback to improve research design and execution, and a chance to receive a $1,250 honorarium to support attendance of the APS Scientific Summit in Anaheim. Submit your proposal before Nov. 30 for a chance to be selected as a workshop participant! Learn more.
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