PET/MR examines mechanism behind chronic pain | Growth rate for medical research funding falls in U.S. | Study finds risks of long-term opioid use may be linked to dose
January 14, 2015
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PET/MR examines mechanism behind chronic pain
A study in the journal Brain that imaged chronic pain patients and healthy controls using PET/MR found increased levels of translocator protein in the thalamus of chronic pain patients. However, animal studies have shown that TSPO may have a pain-protective effect. "While larger studies would be needed to further support this interpretation, this evidence suggests that drugs called TSPO agonists, which intensify the action of TSPO, may benefit pain patients by helping to limit glial activation," said researcher Marco Loggia. (1/12)
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Growth rate for medical research funding falls in U.S.
Spending on U.S. medical research totals about $117 billion a year, and a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the rate of investment growth decreased from 2004 to 2012. The report said the main reason was lower levels of government funding for research, and it noted the portion of medical research funded by private industry increased from 46% in 1994 to 58% in 2012. (1/13)
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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

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Study finds risks of long-term opioid use may be linked to dose
Study data reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine show the risk for serious harm from long-term opioid drug use for chronic pain may depend on the dose. Opioid abuse, overdose, myocardial infarction and fractures were among the risks linked to opioid treatment, and higher dosages were tied to a higher risk for some harms. "Evidence is insufficient to determine the effectiveness of long-term opioid therapy for improving chronic pain and function," the researchers from Oregon Health & Sciences University wrote. News (1/13)
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Audio therapy eases post-surgery pain in children
Surgery patients ages 9 to 14 who listened to music or audiobooks reported feeling less post-surgery pain than those in the control group who received no audio therapy, a study found. The results appear in Pediatric Surgery. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/9)
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How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

Policy & Trends
FDA upholds guidance on pain medication use during pregnancy
The FDA said recent studies questioning the safety of over-the-counter and prescription pain medication use during pregnancy do not provide sufficient evidence to change current recommendations. The FDA says pregnant women should talk with a health care professional before taking any drugs. Medscape (free registration) (1/9)
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Pain center sues CMS over retroactive reimbursement changes
The Alabama Pain Center is suing the CMS over billing changes for compounded drugs. The plaintiff says the CMS cannot retroactively change reimbursement policies. (subscription required) (1/13)
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Fundamentals of Pain Management
Are you interested in participating in a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary learning? Apply for the Fundamentals of Pain Management: An Interdisciplinary Primer course. The course is open to 30 individuals and will take place Monday, May 11-Wednesday, May 13 in Palm Springs, Calif., prior to the APS Annual Scientific Meeting. Participants will experience a mentored exposure to the APS Annual Scientific Meeting and a foundation for lifelong learning focused on pain management. The course is designed for third- and fourth-year residents and other select interdisciplinary health care providers in training in an academic pain management setting. The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 23. Learn more.
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Young Investigator Travel Stipend: Apply now
Has your 2015 annual meeting poster been accepted? Do not forget to apply for the Young Investigator Travel Stipend Award. APS will award a limited amount of funding to poster presenters for the Annual Scientific Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif., from May 13-16. Applicants must be an APS member and have an abstract accepted for poster presentation. The application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 10. Learn more.
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