Gut-directed group hypnosis helps IBS patients, study says | Research sees benefit in manual therapy for back pain | More emphasis is needed on treating pain in women
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March 20, 2013
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Gut-directed group hypnosis helps IBS patients, study says
Research from the Medical University of Vienna found patients with refractory irritable bowel syndrome who had gut-directed group hypnosis saw improvements in abdominal pain as well as alleviation of other symptoms. The study authors said guidelines recommend the treatment, but a shortage of therapists limits its availability, and group sessions could improve access and reduce costs. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (3/14)
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Research sees benefit in manual therapy for back pain
Osteopathic treatment for lower back pain was more effective than ultrasound and reduced patients' use of pain medication, according to a study in the Annals of Family Medicine. The study included 450 patients with chronic back pain, and the hands-on treatment involved light pressure, resistance and stretching. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/18)
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More emphasis is needed on treating pain in women
More research is needed on why men and women react differently to drugs, along with an emphasis on training physicians to do a better job diagnosing and treating pain in women, writes Laurie Edwards, author of "In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America." Women with chronic pain may not receive appropriate care and can have their pain declared an emotional or mental health issue, she writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/16)
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Diabetes patients taking drug have less chest pain
Data on 927 diabetes patients showed those who took the angina drug Ranexa had 3.8 episodes of chest pain per week, while those who received a placebo experienced 4.3 per week. Ranexa-treated patients also required less nitroglycerin, researchers reported at the American College of Cardiology meeting. Reuters (3/10)
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Policy & Trends
Patients benefit if physicians have pain management training
A study in the Clinical Journal of Pain found that primary care physicians who were trained in pain management helped alleviate symptoms better than colleagues without the training. The Primary Practice Physician Program for Chronic Pain led to greater physician comfort in treating pain symptoms, and patients were able to return to work faster after treatment. Researchers examined data on patients treated by 31 doctors. American News Report/National Pain Report (3/18)
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Pain management training deserves higher priority
Inadequate physician training is partly to blame for differences between guidelines for safely prescribing extended-release and long-acting opioids and current practice, according to Dr. Marissa Seligman of the Pri-Med Institute. Physicians can use screening tools to assess whether opioid drugs are appropriate for patients but medical residency programs should put more emphasis on pain management, she said. (3/18)
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Submit your abstract for Data Blitz presentation -- deadline is Monday
Do you have an innovative and compelling clinical or basic science research abstract? Submit your work to APS for the Clinical and Basic Science Data Blitz, being held on Wednesday, May 8, in New Orleans, as part of the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting. Selected presenters will have five minutes to present their research data. Authors are encouraged to submit innovative and compelling clinical and basic science research for presentation. Submissions from doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged. The deadline for submission is Monday, March 25. Learn more.
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APS Annual Scientific Meeting: Early-bird discount ends in one week!
Learn about the latest basic science and clinical research by attending the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting of APS on Saturday, May 11. This year, the Frederick W.L. Kerr Basic Science Research Lecture will be presented by Jeffrey Mogil, PhD. Titled "Mice Are People, Too: Social Modulation of and by Pain in Laboratory Rodent," Dr. Mogil will discuss recent experiments that show the effects of social communication on pain behavior and the effect of pain on social interactions. Immediately following, William Maixner, Ph.D., DDS, will present the Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Lecture titled "Phenotypic and Molecular Approaches to Translational Pain Medicine." Dr. Emeran Mayer will conclude with this year’s Global Year Again Pain Lecture on chronic visceral pain. Register now to save $100 off your registration fee. Learn more.
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Quality is not an act, it is a habit."
-- Aristotle,
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