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September 2018 Briefing – Pain Management

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pain Management for September 2018. This roundup includes the...
Magnetic resonance imaging positive for sacroiliitis is seen in a considerable number of healthy individuals without back pain

MRI Indicates Sacroiliitis in Some Healthy Individuals

Considerable proportion of healthy individuals without back pain have MRI positive for sacroiliitis
Compared with intramuscular pethidine

Patient-Directed IV Remifentanil Cuts Epidural Conversions

Patient-controlled remifentanil reduces proportion of conversions versus intramuscular pethidine
About 20.4 percent of U.S. adults have chronic pain and 8.0 percent have high-impact chronic pain

CDC: About One in Five U.S. Adults Have Chronic Pain

Higher prevalence of chronic pain, high-impact chronic pain for women, older adults, rural residents
Many outpatient opioid prescriptions have no documented medical indication

Opioids Often Prescribed in the Absence of Pain Diagnosis

No pain diagnosis recorded at 28.5 percent of visits in which an opioid was prescribed from 2006 to 2015
Maternal holding of newborns

Maternal Holding With Glucose or Breastfeeding Best Analgesic

Breastfeeding during heel stick tied to bilateral activation of somatomotor, somatosensory cortices
Chronic pain may be an important contributor to suicide

Chronic Pain May Be Contributor to Suicide

8.8 percent of suicide decedents have evidence of chronic pain; percentage increased from 2003 to 2014

August 2018 Briefing – Pain Management

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pain Management for August 2018. This roundup includes the...
Preemptive pain medication is safe and reduces pain in the early postoperative period for patients undergoing anorectal surgery

Preemptive Analgesia May Cut Post-Op Pain in Anorectal Surgery

Preoperative pain medications reduce pain and narcotic use in the early post-op period
Systematic screening for anxiety

Psych Screening Beneficial in Pediatric Abdominal Pain

Children with abdominal pain commonly had clinically significant anxiety, moderate disability, pain