Brain processes physical, emotional pain differently, study finds | Study suggests mom's presence changes brain functioning of infants in pain | Study: Lower-dose NSAID treats OA pain
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November 19, 2014
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Brain processes physical, emotional pain differently, study finds
Study data show separate neural circuits process physical pain and social pain, a finding researchers said may help guide new treatments for emotional suffering. The analysis, which was published in the journal Nature Communications, found that the different types of pain activate similar but distinct regions. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (11/18)
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Study suggests mom's presence changes brain functioning of infants in pain
U.S. researchers used animals to test a theory that a mother's presence might ease pain in infants undergoing medical procedures. The study presented at the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting found hundreds of genes in the brains of baby rats whose activity increased or decreased depending on whether mothers were present during pain. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/18)
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Study: Lower-dose NSAID treats OA pain
An open-label study found a lower dosage formulation of the NSAID diclofenac reduces osteoarthritis pain, an Iroko Pharmaceuticals researcher told the American College of Rheumatology's annual meeting. Stanford University researcher Dr. Vibeke Strand said the formulation is better absorbed by the body. Medscape (free registration) (11/17)
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NSAIDs linked to bleeding risk for AFib patients, study finds
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are associated with increased risk of blood clots and bleeding among patients with atrial fibrillation, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The risk is greater for patients also being treated with an anticoagulant. HealthDay News (11/17)
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VA urged to consider use of medical marijuana for PTSD, pain treatment
Many veterans are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to recognize marijuana as a treatment option for post-traumatic stress disorder and pain. They say marijuana is a viable alternative to the opiates many of them are prescribed. "It's not about getting stoned. It's about getting help. The VA doesn't have any problem giving us addictive pharmaceutical drugs by the bagful," said Air Force veteran Amy Rising, who uses medical marijuana to help her deal with extreme anxiety stemming from her service at the global command center at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/15)
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Boston program promotes better pain-treatment decisions
Boston University School of Medicine used the SCOPE of Pain, or Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education, tool to educate Vermont physicians about better decision-making when prescribing opioid drugs to patients in pain. Course director Dr. Daniel Alford said physicians should always believe patients when they say they are in pain, and treatments do not necessarily have to include opioids. Vermont Public Radio (11/17)
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Poster Abstract Deadline is Friday
Present your research to over 1,000 pain science professionals! The deadline to submit your poster abstract for the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting is Friday, Nov. 21. Posters must be original research and have a specific theme in order to be accepted. All posters will remain on display for the duration of the poster and exhibit hours at the 2015 annual meeting. Accepted poster authors will present at the 34th Annual Scientific Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif., from May 13-16. Learn more.
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Grant opportunity: 2015 Award in Pain
The Rita Allen Foundation and American Pain Society announce the 2015 Award in Pain. This award is given to those proposals demonstrating the greatest merit in the molecular biology of pain and/or basic science topics related to the development of new analgesic management of pain due to terminal illness. The RAF and APS may award two grants for a period of up to three years. Candidates should be in the early stages of their career with an appointment at faculty level. The proposal deadline is Friday, Jan. 16. Learn more.
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