pain News

Little Evidence Opioid Drugs Work for Chronic Pain

January 17th, 2015
New research has found little to no evidence that opioid drugs are effective for long-term chronic pain, despite explosive growth in their use, according to a new paper released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The findings reveal that many of the ...

Audio Therapy Eases Kids’ Pain After Major Surgery

January 11th, 2015
After undergoing major surgery, children who listened to 30 minutes of music or an audio book experienced a significant reduction in pain, according to new research by Northwestern Medicine. The participants, ages nine to 14, chose from a playlist of short audio books ...

Insomnia May Predict Back Pain

January 3rd, 2015
If you suffer from insomnia, then you are nearly one-and-a-half times more likely to develop back pain as well, according to a new study by the University of Haifa in Israel. "After controlling for a range of variables, including socioeconomic status and lifestyle ...

Mindfulness Found to Reduce Opioid Use

December 8th, 2014
A new program for people with chronic pain helps individuals reduce the need for opioid medications. Researchers from the University of Utah developed a program called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) that applies mindfulness techniques to alleviate pain and craving. The MORE intervention concentrates on ...

Most People Pay Double to Spare Stranger from Pain

December 2nd, 2014
A new study shows that people are typically willing to sacrifice twice as much money to spare a stranger from pain, compared to the amount they would pay to spare themselves, even when their decision is anonymous. The study, conducted by researchers from ...

Study to Probe Pain After Childbirth, Sexual Health

December 1st, 2014
A new study investigates reported changes in women's sexual health after childbirth, often as a result of pelvic pain. Loyola University (Chicago) researchers aim to determine the extent to which pelvic pain influences sexual health. “Many women experience physical changes after childbirth. This can ...

Animal Study Reveals Off Switch for Pain

November 29th, 2014
Researchers have discovered a way to block chronic pain in rodents, including pain caused by chemotherapeutic agents and bone cancer, suggesting a promising new approach to pain relief. The research, published in the medical journal Brain, demonstrated that turning on a receptor in ...

Mental & Physical Pain May Be Different After All

November 19th, 2014
New research may rewrite how we believe pain is processed by the brain. For the last decade, neuroscientists have believed that the brain processes physical and social pain in a similar manner. Now, a new study from the University of Colorado shows that the ...

Rat Study Suggests Oxycodone Can Cause Long-term Behavioral Changes

November 18th, 2014
New research using a rat model suggests even brief usage of the painkiller oxycodone may impair behavior in a person even after use of the medication ends. Investigators believe use of oxycodone may result in a “cognitive hangover” that can lead to enduring ...

Pre-Op Pain & Depression Put Elders at Risk for Later Delirium

November 4th, 2014
A new study suggests elders who suffer pain and depression before a surgery need to be aware of the risk for post-surgical delirium. Delirium is associated with a sharp decline in attention and mental function. Older adults are especially susceptible to delirium following ...