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Polyneuropathy: long-term opioid therapy fails to show functional benefit

Findings support new CDC guidelines.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Pain
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Chronic pain more prevalent among girls with early menarche

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  • Clinical Essentials from PLoS ONE
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Methadone patients often undertreated for pain

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  • Clinical Essentials from JAMA Intern Med
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Decision-aid plus patient navigation support improves CRC screening rates

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  • Clinical Essentials from Am J Geriatr Psychiatry
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One fifth of older adults in vehicle accidents have PTSD symptoms

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  • Clinical Essentials from Lancet
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Statin-related myalgia, weakness appears when patients, physicians are unblinded

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  • Vitals
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Pain and Opioid Abuse Vitals for May 2017

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  • Clinical Essentials from Cochrane Database Syst Rev
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Cochrane review: evidence too weak to support methadone for neuropathic pain

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  • Clinical Essentials from Int J Drug Policy
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Pain clinics: tighter regulations spur rise in heroin abuse

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Professional Essentials

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How can I get my kid off juice?

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Are my child’s seasonal allergies more insidious than they seem?

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  • US Professional News

Physician gets $5.4 million for whistleblowing

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Alabama internist dies climbing Mount Everest

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  • US Professional News

SC physicians unhappy about new volume-based compensation

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California considers limits on pharma gifts

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  • Clinical Essentials from J Pain Res
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Chronic pain: what factors predict prescription opioid misuse?

Greater amount of sleep reduces the risk for opioid misuse.

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  • Clinical Essentials from J Urol
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Are urologists contributing to the opioid abuse epidemic?

Novel report quantifies rates of opioid dependence or overdose after urologic surgery.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Clin Med Insights Arthritis Musculoskelet Disord
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Better than steroids? A randomized controlled trial in knee osteoarthritis

Intraarticular sodium bicarbonate + calcium gluconate beat methylprednisolone.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Nictotine Tob Res
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Smoking linked to more intense postsurgical pain at 1 mo

Patients were less likely to be weaned from opioids at 3 mo post-surgery.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Arthritis Rheumatol
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Risk of symptomatic hand osteoarthritis sky-high over a lifetime

Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men will develop it, according to study estimates.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Arch Phys Med Rehabil
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Shoe orthotics: a simple solution to chronic low back pain

Randomized controlled trial also finds that orthotics plus chiropractic further reduces disability.

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  • Clinical Essentials from JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg
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Oral cavity cancer: 41% of patients develop chronic opioid use

What factors predict patient susceptibility?

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  • Clinical Essentials from Acta Oncol
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DCIS: pain, sensory disturbances common 1-2 y post-treatment

Long-term pain and sensory disturbances are underrecognized and undertreated.

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  • Clinical Essentials from World Neurosurg
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MS-related trigeminal neuralgia: frameless stereotactic surgery works

Most patients experienced rapid pain reduction, but long-term durability was limited.

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  • Clinical Essentials from J Affect Disord
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Depression, anxiety more common with opioid use than medical cannabis

Although the study doesn’t prove causation, the results could inform the decision about whether to prescribe opioids or cannabis.

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  • Clinical Essentials from PLoS One
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Mesenchymal stem cells effective for osteoarthritis: a meta-analysis

Significant 2-y improvements in visual analogue and other subjective scales.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Eur J Pain
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OST cuts all-cause and overdose-related mortality

Results of a meta-analysis of methadone or buprenorphine cohort studies.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Eur J Pain
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Chronic low back pain: do exercise, CBT add benefit to brief cognitive intervention?

Randomized controlled trial shows no additional reduction in work disability.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Fam Pract
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Chronic pain: high toll on physical, psychological health

Community-based study finds chronic pain effect on depression, daily activities, and work capacity.

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