Small study ties rarely reported condition to pediatric pain
U.S. researchers assessed 41 patients with unexplained widespread pain that started before age 21 and found that 24 of them met the diagnosis criteria for small-fiber polyneuropathy, while 16 of the remaining 17 were considered to possibly or probably have SFPN. The report in Pediatrics also found that 82% of patients had reduced sweat production, considered a sensitive diagnostic test for SFPN. American News Report
Brain's endocannabinoids help reduce pain when fear strikes
Interactions among marijuana-like substances and other neurotransmitters in the brain's amygdala region can suppress pain in times of extreme stress, a study in the journal Pain found. "This research provides information on the complex interactions between multiple neurotransmitter systems including endocannabinoids, GABA and glutamate in times of stress and pain," National University of Ireland researcher David Finn said. Galway Independent (Ireland)
Data Blitz deadline extended to March 25
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, to be held May 8 in New Orleans as part of the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting. Selected presenters will be notified in early April and 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. Learn more.
Annual Scientific Meeting: Early-bird deadline 2 weeks away
At the APS's 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, May 8-11, you can expect a variety of educational offerings featuring interactive workshops and symposia, allowing you to earn continuing education credit in four disciplines. Three plenary lectures include topics on pain imaging, pain and aging, and mechanisms for controlling nociceptor. If you specialize in complementary and alternative medicine, register for the newly announced preconference event, Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Roles in Chronic Pain Management & Research, on May 8. Learn more. There are only two weeks before the registration fee increases. Register by March 27 to save $100.
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