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1. VA push to reduce opioid use can leave veterans without treatment

American Pain Society SmartBrief | Jul 15, 2015

A Veterans Affairs program to use alternative therapies instead of opioid drugs to treat veterans' chronic pain is not reaching all patients who need it, according to these articles. The VA has faced criticism for its prescribing of opioid drugs, but some patients who are taken off the medications are not finding relief. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (07/12) Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (07/12)

2. Study: Web-based tools show promise in helping patients with chronic pain

American Pain Society SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

A study in Pain found that Web-based tools could reduce chronic pain patients' need for frequent face-to-face doctor consultations and help them manage their conditions. Researchers revealed that the anxiety, disability and average pain levels experienced by participants significantly decreased after they received online pain management programs for eight weeks, regardless of the frequency of their office visits with clinicians. Reuters (06/26)

3. Diabetic neuropathy pain responds to inhaled cannabis, study finds

American Pain Society SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

Patients with diabetic neuropathy showed improvement in pain response scores after inhaled cannabis therapy, and the reduction was dependent on dosage, researchers reported in The Journal of Pain. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, said data from the study, which compared three dosages and a placebo, showed cannabis therapy had modest effects on cognition. (07/20)

4. Study links potassium channels to neurons that influence pain

American Pain Society SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

Small potassium channels may regulate the excitability of spinal neurons that influence chronic pain and pain sensitivity, according to a study in the journal Pain. Researchers said a better understanding of how potassium channels affect the neurons may lead to better treatments for patients with chronic pain. Pain Medicine News (07/2015)

5. Study ties sleep quality to osteoarthritis pain tolerance

American Pain Society SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

Uninterrupted sleep throughout the night may help improve osteoarthritis patients' pain tolerance, according to new research. The study, which appeared in The Journal of Pain, found an association between how the body handles pain and sleep quality, and the authors advise consideration of interventions to address sleep issues in osteoarthritis patients with insomnia. HealthDay News (07/17)

6. Study links endoplasmic reticulum stress with neuropathic pain

American Pain Society SmartBrief | Jul 15, 2015

A research team from the University of California, Davis, has identified endoplasmic reticulum stress as a key factor in neuropathic pain. Their findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicate that chemical reactions can inhibit the analgesic effect of certain natural bioactive lipids. Researchers said ER stress blockers could be used to treat peripheral nerve pain. HCPLive (07/08)

7. Researchers propose anxiety-laxity-pain-immune-mood syndrome

American Pain Society SmartBrief | Jul 15, 2015

Researchers said anxiety disorders often are linked with four specific but related domains, including pain, immune and mood disorders, and joint laxity. They called this anxiety-laxity-pain-immune-mood, or ALPIM, syndrome. A study in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences details self-reports of 76 people with at least one anxiety disorder and one other disorder related to pain, joint laxity or the immune system. Healio (free registration) (07/15)

8. Study finds placebo effect can be conditioned

American Pain Society SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

Adults who were given a placebo and told it had an analgesic component reported reductions in pain even after being informed about the placebo. "After the learning has occurred, your brain can still respond to the placebo even if you no longer believe in it," said researcher Scott Schafer. The findings were reported in the Journal of Pain. HCPLive (07/27) Business Standard (India) (07/25)

9. Drugmakers race to bring new migraine-preventing therapies to market

American Pain Society SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

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10. Surgery fails to offer long-term knee pain relief, data show

American Pain Society SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

An analysis of data from nine studies found arthroscopic surgery was no better than other options, including exercise, at reducing knee pain long-term. The study in The BMJ found no differences in physical function after surgical or nonsurgical treatments. A reduction in pain after surgery lasted for up to six months. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (07/27)

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