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June 14, 2017
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Pathway related to bone cancer pain identified in animal study
Modulating sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor subtype 1 decreased bone pain and neuroinflammation in an animal model of metastasized breast cancer in the femur, according to a study in the journal Pain. "Pain is a huge problem -- for the patient, the caregiver, the family, the doctors. We have limited options," said researcher Daniela Salvemini of Saint Louis University.
Medical Xpress (6/7) 
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Researchers report pain studies at neuromodulation conference
Patients with a neuromodulation device implant to reduce lower-back and leg pain may prefer leads that interact over those that act independently, according to research presented at the International Neuromodulation Society's World Congress. A second study presented at the conference found high-frequency spinal cord stimulation may help treat peripheral polyneuropathy.
Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (6/9),  Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (6/12) 
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Study: Bright-light therapy may reduce fibromyalgia symptoms
A study presented at a sleep conference found using morning bright-light treatment as an adjunctive treatment for fibromyalgia may help reduce pain sensitivity and improve function. Researchers found improvement gained from morning bright-light therapy was similar to that from cognitive-behavioral therapy and about half of what is gained from intense exercise therapy.
Medscape (free registration) (6/13) 
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Gottlieb: FDA to take "more forceful" action on opioid crisis
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency will take "more forceful steps" to stem opioid addiction, including creating a steering committee to look at additional regulatory and policy responses. The public will be able to participate in online forums and a two-day meeting set for July 10 and 11.
Medscape (free registration) (6/13) 
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FDA requests withdrawal of painkiller amid escalated response to opioid crisis
FDA orders market withdrawal of Endo painkiller amid opioid crisis
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The FDA has asked Endo International to withdraw its long-lasting opioid painkiller, Opana ER, from the market as the agency escalates its efforts to fight the worsening opioid abuse crisis in the country. The decision, based on indicators that a version reformulated for abuse deterrence is simply being injected rather than abused via nasal administration, marks the first time that the FDA has taken such steps to address a public health crisis.
Reuters (6/8),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/8) 
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