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15-12-2020 | Oncology | News | Article

Use of addictive medications not uncommon after mastectomy

US research has highlighted the risk for continued use of opioids and sedative-hypnotic drugs after mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

18-11-2019 | Oncology | News | Article

No increased infection risk with opioids for cancer pain

Opioid use is not associated with an increased risk for infections in immunocompromised patients with cancer and chemotherapy-induced neutropenia, suggests a case–control study.

11-11-2019 | Rheumatology | News | Article

Naproxen recommended over low-dose colchicine for gout flares

Naproxen and low-dose colchicine are similarly effective in the reduction of pain associated with gout flares, but patients receiving colchicine tend to experience more side-effects, show results from the multicenter, open-label CONTACT trial.

03-07-2019 | Oncology | News | Article

Pain prevalence characterized for US cancer survivors

Chronic pain is prevalent among US survivors of cancer, reveals research published in a letter to JAMA Oncology.

02-10-2018 | Non-small-cell lung cancer | News | Article

Surgery type may predict long-term opioid use in early-stage NSCLC

Patients who undergo video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for stage I non-small-cell lung cancer are less likely to become long-term opioid users than their counterparts undergoing the conventional open procedure, findings suggest.

17-08-2017 | Oncology | News | Article

Opioid use common in cancer survivors

A Canadian population-based study shows higher prescribing rates for opioids among cancer survivors than in individuals without a prior cancer diagnosis.

09-02-2016 | Neurology | News | Article

Worsening migraine no reason to halt dihydroergotamine infusion

Worsening of headache during intravenous dihydroergotamine treatment for chronic migraine does not mean that the therapy will be unsuccessful, say researchers.

16-07-2015 | Multiple sclerosis | News | Article

Psychosocial factors linked to pain in multiple sclerosis

Psychosocial factors are important and potentially modifiable determinants of persistent pain in patients with multiple sclerosis who are taking pain medication, research shows.

22-06-2015 | Parkinson's disease | News | Article

Opioid offers pain relief for Parkinson’s patients

Prolonged-release combined oxycodone/naloxone may provide relief for patients with severe pain related to Parkinson’s disease, a double-blind randomised trial shows.

13-01-2015 | Neurology | Article

Unmet medication need in neuropathic pain

A systematic review and meta-analysis reveals that current treatments for neuropathic pain achieve only a moderate response in patients.

12-10-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Pain classification with VAS scores ‘doubtful’

Researchers advise caution when using cutoff points on the visual analogue scale (VAS) to classify mild, moderate or severe pain in clinical practice.

12-10-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Bone mineral density not linked to musculoskeletal pain

Bone mineral density does not contribute to musculoskeletal pain, researchers report in findings that shed light on the controversy over whether osteoporosis is a painless disease.

05-10-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Acupuncture fails to hit the mark for chronic knee pain

Research findings do not support the use of needle or laser acupuncture for treating chronic knee pain in patients older than 50 years.

28-09-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Weekly musculoskeletal pain on the rise among young adults

Research from Finland shows an increase in the prevalence of frequent musculoskeletal symptoms in young adults, which suggests the need for early intervention.

21-09-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Neuropathic pain phenotype identified in knee osteoarthritis

Some patients with knee osteoarthritis may experience neuropathic-like symptoms associated with central pain processing, reflecting a discrete phenotype, study findings suggest.

14-09-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Fat mass contributes to musculoskeletal pain risk

People with high fat mass could be at an increased risk of musculoskeletal pain, say researchers.

14-09-2014 | Genetics | Article

Catecholamine polymorphism influences opioid use

The catechol-


-methyltransferase rs4680 single nucleotide polymorphism could affect postoperative opioid consumption, study findings show.

07-09-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Inadequate pain relief common in knee osteoarthritis

Patients with knee osteoarthritis requiring analgesic therapy are often not receiving adequate pain relief, researchers report.

31-08-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Decision tool set to improve management of low back pain

Experts have developed an evidence-based tool to help doctors in secondary and tertiary care decide how best to manage patients with chronic low back pain, a condition with the highest societal burden in Western Europe.

24-08-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Knee pain when using stairs early clue to OA

Feeling knee pain during weight-bearing activities involving knee bending, such as using stairs, could be an early sign of osteoarthritis and the need for intervention, research indicates.