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More needs to be done to prevent dependence on pain medication

Written by | 24 Nov 2023

Dependence on pain medication is on the rise due to lack of vigilance by medical professionals, according to a new study from the University of Surrey. Patients dependent […]

Predictors of opioid overdose after prescription for chronic pain

Written by | 25 Oct 2023

A large study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) https://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.230459 identified 10 predictors of opioid overdose after prescription for chronic pain, which can help clinicians engage in shared decision-making with patients […]

New treatment helps people stop addictive opioid painkillers used for chronic pain

Written by | 26 May 2023

Researchers at the University of Warwick and The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough have led a clinical trial, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research […]

Most antidepressants prescribed for chronic pain lack reliable evidence of efficacy or safety, scientists warn

Written by | 12 May 2023

Most antidepressants used for chronic pain are being prescribed with “insufficient” evidence of their effectiveness, scientists have warned. A major investigation into medications used to manage long-term pain […]

People with arthritis 20% less likely to be in work

Written by | 31 Jan 2023

The typical person living with arthritis in the UK is 20% less likely to be in work than their equivalent without the condition, new research shows. And the […]

Treating gut pain via a Nobel prize-winning receptor

Written by | 27 Dec 2022

Targeting a receptor responsible for our sense of touch and temperature, which researchers have now found to be present in our colon, could provide a new avenue for […]

Study finds chronic-pain management, falls and limited access to care are critical issues among medically underserved

Written by | 15 Nov 2022

To improve the health of a community, the first step is to identify its most pressing needs. To that end, in 2022 Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) implemented […]

Opioid prescriptions significantly higher for patients with lifelong disabilities, study finds

Written by | 11 Jul 2022

A Michigan Medicine study finds that people with two pediatric-onset neurodevelopmental disorders are prescribed opioids at significantly higher rates than those without the conditions, raising concerns over addiction, […]

New health professional training blueprint to transform chronic pain care

Written by | 23 May 2022

Researchers have developed a new national blueprint to help health professionals support the one in five Australians living with chronic pain, costing the Australian economy $139 billion every […]

Regular paracetamol use linked to higher blood pressure, study finds

Written by | 12 Feb 2022

Long-term paracetamol use could increase the risk of heart disease and strokes in people with high blood pressure, a study suggests. Patients who have a long-term prescription for […]

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