Chronic Pain in the News

CANADIAN STUDY DISTORTS Rx-OPIOID-RELATED DEATHS

Repeated reports of increasing deaths associated with prescribed opioid analgesic should concern us all, but they may also portray a distorted picture of the scope and urgency of the problem. This is evident in a report on mortality trends in Canada, which serves as a lesson in why readers must be wary of how such data are presented in the literature and the press. Canadian investigators supported by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long…
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NEW TARGET FOR REDUCING NERVE PAIN IDENTIFIED

Hiroshima University researchers have identified a specific molecule that maintains pain after a nerve injury and have been able to block it in lab animals. This discovery may reveal a promising therapeutic strategy for treating neuropathic pain. Lab animals with an injury to their sciatic nerve showed less pain after multiple injections of a medication that blocks the activity of a molecule called high-mobility group box-1 (HMGB1). The team also discovered that a single dose of a substance to block…
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NEW MEDICINES FOR MOOD DISORDERS COULD ALSO RELIEVE CHRONIC PAIN

A new group of medications being developed to treat mood disorders could also relieve chronic pain a new study from University College London (UCL) reports. The research was funded by the Medical Research Council in the United Kingdom. This study, published in Science Translational Medicine, reveals how a protein that shapes the body's response to stress also drives chronic pain and so offers new targets for future pain treatments. The researchers studied genetically modified lab…
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IN MEMORIUM - STEWART B. LEVITT, MA, PhD.

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Dr. Levitt, who dedicated a large part of his life to provide a better understanding of pain management practices and all the myths swirling around this complex disease of pain. His experience and sheer ability to put things in perspective is and will be sorely missed.   Our sincere condolences go out to his wife and family.
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CHRONIC PAIN CHANGES OUR IMMUNE SYSTEMS

According to a new study by McGill University researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports, chronic pain may reprogram our immune system. "We found that chronic pain changes the way DNA is marked not only in the brain, but also in T cells, a type of white blood cell essential for immunity," said Moshe Szyf, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill. "Our findings highlight the devastating impact of chronic pain on other important parts of the body, such as the immune system." Chronic…
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