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October 15, 2014
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Study questions use of cutoffs with visual pain scores
Cutoff points used with the visual analog pain scales were consistent with other rating measures for mild pain but were less clear and open to misinterpretation for moderate to severe pain, researchers from the Netherlands reported in the journal Pain. They reported that visual analog scale scores were just moderately linked to function and verbal rating scale scores. MedWire News (U.K.) (10/13)
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Study finds no association between BMD, musculoskeletal pain
South Korean researchers reported in the journal Clinical Rheumatology that bone mineral density was not linked to musculoskeletal pain, although age was associated with hip and back pain. The study included 387 postmenopausal women. MedWire News (U.K.) (10/13)
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Study rejects link between early epidural use, childbirth complications
Researchers reviewed nine studies involving more than 15,000 first-time mothers and found that early use of epidurals during childbirth does not appear to raise the risk of delivery complications compared with later use. The study, published in The Cochrane Library, suggests the right time to give an epidural during labor is when the woman asks for pain relief, researchers said. HealthDay News (10/9)
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Lidocaine may have post-mastectomy pain benefits, study says
University of Virginia researchers said use of the local anesthetic lidocaine during a mastectomy was linked with a 20-fold decrease in post-surgery pain. The study, presented at an anesthesia conference, found the effect was not as great for women receiving implants or radiation. HealthDay News (10/13)
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Policy & Trends
Fewer patients have serious post-op pain, study says
A study found 39% of patients in 2014 reported notable pain two weeks after inpatient surgery, compared with 63% in 2003, according to Rush University Medical Center researchers. The study found little change during that period in the percentage of patients who did not have any pain after surgery or patient satisfaction with pain medications. HealthDay News (10/14)
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U.S. anesthesia complication rate declines, data show
An analysis of data from more than 3.2 million cases involving anesthesia from 2010 to 2013 found that the complication rate decreased from 11.8% to 4.8%. Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center told an American Society of Anesthesiologists conference that the mortality rate remained steady, and that patients above age 50 were most likely to experience serious complications. HealthDay News (10/12)
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APS News
Present your poster to over 800 pain science professionals
APS is accepting poster abstracts for presentation at the 2015 AP Annual Scientific Meeting. Each poster abstract must be original research and have a specific theme in order to be accepted. Accepted poster authors will present at the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting in Palm Springs, May 13-16. Primary authors will be notified of their abstract's status in late December/early January. All accepted abstracts will be published in The Journal of Pain, the official journal of APS. The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, Nov. 21. Learn more.
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Receive one of APS's highest honors
The American Pain Society's Clinical Centers of Excellence award program is accepting applications. The CCOE program recognizes programs or services that exemplify the delivery of outstanding clinical care. Any U.S.-based multidisciplinary clinical program, regardless of size, that focuses on the treatment of pain in a clinical care or academic setting is encouraged to apply. Selection of awardees will be based on judgment of the quality of services provided and not size of program. Deadline to submit an application is Friday, Nov. 21. Learn more.
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