February 13, 2013
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Pain Research News
Can cold sensitivity show way to better pain meds?
A study in the Journal of Neuroscience found that deactivating specific neurons made mice insensitive to very cold temperatures but not heat or pain, a finding that could lead to better-targeted pain treatments. University of Southern California researcher David McKemy said current pain drugs either reduce inflammation or knock out all feeling, so narrowing in on specific sensations at the molecular level could help bring greater precision to treating pain. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (2/13)
Acupuncture activates sympathetic nervous system during pain
A Canadian study found acupuncture can act through the sympathetic nervous system in people experiencing pain, and the effect is systemically rather than locally mediated. Study participants who received acupuncture treatments had increased skin conductance, while those getting a sham treatment or no therapy did not, according to the report in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine. MedWire News (U.K.) (2/6)
Treatment News
Nerve stimulation reduces migraines
Migraine patients had fewer headaches after a noninvasive procedure that electrically stimulated their trigeminal nerve, according to research from Li├Ęge University in Belgium. The study in Neurology found the treatment led to 19% fewer migraine attacks per month among patients who did not respond well to drugs. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/11)
Low-dose naltrexone reduces fibromyalgia pain, study finds
Fibromyalgia patients treated with low-dose naltrexone had less pain and a better quality of life, Stanford University researchers reported in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. Pain improved by 28.8% from baseline among patients taking the drug compared with 18% for those getting a placebo. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (2/12)
Policy & Trends
Playtime may ease children's postoperative pain
Children who played with a stuffed animal and their parents after undergoing surgery had lower pain scores compared with those in the control group, Spanish researchers wrote in the journal Pain Management Nursing. The findings suggest that the distraction of playing may have a vital role in reducing children's pain perception. DailyRx.com (2/11)
APS News
APS Annual Scientific Meeting: Register now and receive $100 off your registration!
The 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society will be held May 8-11 in New Orleans. This year's meeting provides current information about the diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute pain, chronic cancer and noncancer pain, and recurrent pain. APS offers continuing education credit for physicians, psychologists, nurses and pharmacists. Additional highlights include 30 symposia sessions, three in-depth workshops and 17 special interest group meetings. Learn more.
Request for Data Blitz submissions
APS is now accepting submissions for the Clinical and Basic Science Data Blitz to be held on Wednesday, May 8, in New Orleans, as part of the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting. Authors are encouraged to submit innovative and compelling clinical and basic science research for presentation. Submissions from doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged. Submission deadline is Monday, March 18. Learn more.
Several excuses are always less convincing than one."
-- Aldous Huxley,
British author
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