: ' pain management'

Many Doctors Not Trained to Treat Pain

By Richard Lenti The lack of adequate training in pain management has long been an issue in U.S. and Canadian medical schools – a problem that also exists in Europe. A new survey of 242 undergraduate [...]

Genetic Test for Pain Meds Off to Slow Start

By Pat Anson, Editor It was one year ago that Millennium Laboratories introduced a new genetic test that one doctor hailed as the “Holy Grail” of patient drug therapy: a test that could tell physicians why some [...]

Pain Training Pays Off for Physicians

By Pat Anson, Editor Chronic pain patients who are treated by primary care providers will experience significant improvement in their symptoms if their physicians are trained in pain management, according to a new study published in [...]

PAINWeek Highlights National Pain Awareness Month

What does the month of September mean to you? For many, September marks the end of summer. Parents delight in having a quiet house again as the kids head off to school. Cooler weather arrives and [...]

Depression and Painkiller Use Increases Risk of Addiction after Surgery

The risk of addiction to opioid painkillers after surgery significantly increases if a patient is depressed or has used pain medications prior to surgery, according to a pilot study at Stanford University. Researchers found that psychological [...]

Caught in the Crossfire: PROMPT vs. PROP

When a group of doctors, public health officials and members of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) submitted a petition to the FDA to restrict the approved uses of opioid medications, the shockwave that rocked the [...]

FDA Approves Stronger Dose of Exalgo

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a stronger 32 mg dose of Exalgo, an opioid painkiller used to treat patients with moderate to severe chronic pain who need continuous, around-the-clock analgesia. Extended release 32 mg [...]

Head of Pain Society says Furor over Addiction Hurting Patients and Fundraising

Roger B. Fillingim, PhD, professor and director, Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence at the University of Florida, recently became president of the American Pain Society(APS).  About 3,200 physicians, nurses, psychologists, scientists, pharmacists and others [...]

Radiation Therapy Eases Foot Pain

Patients suffering from chronic bone heel spurs can get significant pain relief from radiation therapy, a common cancer treatment, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Saarland University Medical Center in Germany. An estimated [...]

Should Children Take Opioid Painkillers?

Two new studies are drawing attention to a sensitive topic in the pain community: Should children be given powerful and potentially addictive opioid analgesics to relieve their pain? According to research published in Pain Management Nursing, [...]