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More than half of dental prescriptions for opioids exceed pain-management guidelines, study finds

February 4, 2020

A new study suggests that roughly half of the opioid prescriptions written by dentists in the United States…
Think you have sciatica? It’s not as common as people assume, says physical therapy expert

December 13, 2019

While sciatica is one of the most common forms of back pain, people often assume they have it…
Painkillers from mud – scientists are creating drugs that are as potent as opioids

October 18, 2019

Quick, find a new painkiller! Where will you look? Scientists from The University of Queensland and University of…
New Class of Painkillers Offers all the Benefits of Opioids, Minus the Side Effects and Addictiveness

October 16, 2019

Working on a sample of estuarine mud, collected next to a boat ramp in Tasmania 16 years ago,…
Simple Conversations Can Reduce Opioid Prescriptions After Hysterectomy

October 10, 2019

Women who undergo a hysterectomy are often prescribed at least twice as many opioids as they use – but there…
Nearly 1 in 3 Patients with Lupus Use Prescription Opioids for Pain

September 27, 2019

Although there is little evidence that opioids effectively reduce pain from rheumatic diseases, a new study finds nearly…
Opioid treatment for teens? Medications can help

September 12, 2019

Teens who misuse prescription or illicit opioids might benefit from opioid treatment medications, according to a new study…
Popular Pain Medication Associated with Greater Risk of Hypoglycemia

September 2, 2019

Since its approval in 1995, the opioid tramadol (marketed as ConZip and Ultram) has become a widely prescribed…
6 in 10 Kids Receive Opioids After Tonsillectomy, But Opioids May Not Prevent Complications

August 9, 2019

Sixty percent of privately insured children undergoing tonsil removal received opioids –with average prescriptions lasting about six to…
1 in 75 New Moms Go on to Long-Term Opioid Painkiller Use

July 29, 2019

Nearly half of American women having a baby in the last decade received a prescription for a powerful…
Study ‘ignites’ link between genes and drug response

July 29, 2019

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is leading a national study to determine whether genetic testing can help physicians choose…
One step closer to chronic pain relief

July 1, 2019

While effective drugs against chronic pain are not just around the corner, researchers from Aarhus University have succeeded…
The Balancing Act of Managing Post-Op Pain

June 10, 2019

There’s an expectation of pain or discomfort following any surgery, but for some people, uncontrolled, post-operative pain can…
Reducing Opioid Prescriptions After C-Sections

June 10, 2019

Nearly a third of birthing moms now deliver babies via cesarean section — and many of them go…
Painkillers during pregnancy unlikely to cause asthma

March 21, 2019

Paracetamol or other painkillers taken during pregnancy are unlikely to cause asthma in the child, according to a…
University of Alberta lab receives funding to help prevent opioid addiction in chronic pain patients

March 19, 2019

The microbiome of the human gut—the ecosystem of bacteria and other microbes that thrive within it—has become the…
Dramatic Shift in Opioid Prescribing

March 18, 2019

At the height of the opioid epidemic, a national call for restraint in opioid prescribing has yielded dramatic…
Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting Nano-Painkiller which is Less Addictive than Regular Painkillers

February 15, 2019

The so-called opioid epidemic which recently developed in the United States and Canada has put pressure on researchers…
Common Pain Reliever Can Improve Survival in Head and Neck Cancer

January 30, 2019

Regular use of a common type of medication, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, significantly improves survival for a…
Accepting Chronic Pain: Strategies Offer Alternative to Opioids

November 23, 2018

People who adapt to their chronic pain and focus on pursuing life goals —rather than focusing solely on eliminating…
Grant will help UB scientists identify patients most at-risk for future opioid misuse

November 7, 2018

Researchers at the University at Buffalo Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions (CRIA) will work with the New…
Scientists are researching ant venom to find out more about pain

September 13, 2018

Venom has a bad reputation, because, well, it kills people. We are terrified of venomous creatures and try…
Sugar pills relieve pain for chronic pain patients

September 13, 2018

Someday doctors may prescribe sugar pills for certain chronic pain patients based on their brain anatomy and psychology.…
Study finds racial disparities in prescribing opioids for chronic pain

August 21, 2018

Yale researchers have identified racial disparities in the treatment of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain.…
Magnetic gel for easing pain shown by UCLA bioengineers

August 8, 2018

Early work demonstrates promise of so-called ‘mechanoceuticals’. UCLA bioengineers have demonstrated that a gel-like material containing tiny magnetic…
Opioids and older adults: Poll finds support for prescribing limits, and need for better counseling and disposal options

August 6, 2018

Nearly a third of older adults have received a prescription for an opioid pain medicine in the past…
CryoEM Study Captures Opioid Signaling in the Act

June 26, 2018

Opioid drugs like morphine and fentanyl are a mainstay of modern pain medicine. But they also cause constipation,…
Less is more when it comes to Rx opioids for hospital patients, study finds

May 16, 2018

In a pilot study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Yale researchers significantly reduced doses of opioid painkillers given to…
Body’s ‘Natural Opioids’ Affect Brain Cells Much Differently than Morphine

May 15, 2018

A new study led by UC San Francisco scientists shows that brain cells, or neurons, react differently to…
Study upends conventional view of opioid mechanism of action

May 11, 2018

A new discovery shows that opioids used to treat pain, such as morphine and oxycodone, produce their effects…
Opioids after surgery can, paradoxically, prolong pain

April 16, 2018

Giving opioids to animals to quell pain after surgery prolongs pain for more than three weeks and primes…
Alternatives to opioids

April 11, 2018

Since ancient times, humans have used opium and its derivatives to block pain. Yet in all that time,…
Scientists developed a simple pen and paper system to ease the pain of cancer patients

March 29, 2018

Cancer patients always say that cancer is pain. People suffer from pain every day and sometimes it can…
New trial to improve lives of long-term painkiller users

January 23, 2018

Researchers from the University’s Warwick Medical School and The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, have developed a support…
Chemical from cactus-like plant shows promise in controlling surgical pain, while leaving touch and coordination intact, rat study shows

December 28, 2017

A promising approach to post-operative incision-site pain control uses a naturally occurring plant molecule called resiniferatoxin (RTX). RTX…
Battlefield Acupuncture Reduces Opioid Dependence, Returns Airmen to Flight

November 16, 2017

The U.S. Air Force is using battlefield acupuncture to keep airmen at work. The procedure provides an integrative…
UW–Madison joins national network to combat opioid epidemic, substance abuse disorders

October 16, 2017

In the United States, 24 million people have a substance use disorder, yet only 4 million are in…
Study: breast cancer patients on opioids less likely to stick to vital treatment

September 5, 2017

A new University of Virginia study has found a troubling lack of adherence to a potentially lifesaving treatment…
UA Researcher Works to Identify Those at Risk of Opioid Abuse

June 13, 2017

New prediction tools to help health care providers identify patients at risk of inappropriate prescription opioid use, while…
Drug believed to reduce postoperative pain and delirium does neither

June 2, 2017

To blunt postoperative pain and reduce the need for opioid drugs following surgery, anesthesiologists often give patients low…
Spinal cord stimulation relieves back pain without opioids

March 23, 2017

Doctors who treat patients suffering from back pain are exploring new approaches that help some patients avoid opioid…
An alternative to opioids?

February 22, 2017

A tiny snail may offer an alternative to opioids for pain relief. Scientists at the University of Utah…
The drugs don’t work, say back pain researchers

February 6, 2017

Commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat back pain provide little benefit, but cause side effects, according…
Gene variants may help personalize treatment for opioid addiction

January 25, 2017

Yale researchers have discovered a genetic variant that may assist in personalizing treatment of opioid addiction. The results…
UVA slashes opioid use while improving patients’ pain scores, study finds

January 19, 2017

As health officials across the U.S. look for ways to combat an opioid addiction crisis, University of Virginia…
Sleep quality and emotions affect opioid addiction recovery

January 5, 2017

Getting enough quality sleep may be as important to one’s health as a good diet and exercise, but…
Longer Use of Pain Relievers Associated With Hearing Loss in Women

December 19, 2016

As many as two-thirds of women in the United States over the age of 60 have some degree…
Headache: Don’t just take an over-the-counter painkiller

December 16, 2016

The person in the airplane seat next to yours is wearing strong perfume and, minutes after takeoff, you…
Missed opportunities revealed in study of chronic pain care

November 10, 2016

Problem behavior indicative of addiction is pervasive among chronic pain patients who receive opioid prescriptions at primary-care clinics.…
Researchers Develop Safer Opioid Painkiller From Scratch

August 22, 2016

An international team of researchers — led by scientists at UC San Francisco, Stanford University, the University of…
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