An international team of researchers found the pain-sensing receptor TRPV1 binds with the hormone oxytocin to suppress pain. The findings could aid in the development of new, nonaddictive pain medications.
Battle Ground HealthCare's Take Back My Life pain management program in Clark County, Wash., uses occupational and physical therapy, dietary, and mental health strategies as alternatives to pain medications. An analysis of 58 people in the program found they had significant improvement in physical function, anxiety, depression, fatigue, satisfaction in social roles and pain interference.
Vioxx, or rofecoxib, a drug shelved by Merck & Co. in 2004 because data showed it doubled the risk of stroke or heart attack, could be brought back by Tremeau Pharmaceuticals as a potential treatment for hemophilia patients with severe joint pains.
APS will hold its Annual Scientific Meeting in the form of a Scientific Summit March 4-6, 2018, with a balance of clinical, translational, and basic science research around a central theme: Understanding Pain Mechanisms. Register by December 1 for a chance to win a free hotel night at the Disneyland® Hotel! Learn more.
If you are a junior investigator planning a clinical research study you are invited to submit a summary of proposed research to the ACTTION-APS workshop! This is a great opportunity to obtain constructive feedback to improve research design and execution, and a chance to receive a $1,250 honorarium to support attendance of the APS Scientific Summit in Anaheim. Submit your proposal before November 30 for a chance to be selected as a workshop participant! Learn more.
David Loxterkamp, M.D., writes in the Annals of Family Medicine about coping after two physicians left his practice and he found it difficult to fill the void. Loxterkamp re-evaluated recent changes to the recently expanded practice and found they had led to isolation, so he developed strategies to engage his medical team and foster well-being.
Researchers found 68.8% of residents at three northern California nursing homes were eligible for palliative care, but none were receiving it and only two were in hospice. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine found 98.7% of the residents had a Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment directive.
Joshua Wienczkowski, M.D., a first-year resident at East Tennessee State University Family Medicine Residency, created the End of Life Literacy website to help medical students and residents conduct end-of-life care discussions. Wienczkowski, who created the tool while participating in the AAFP Foundation's Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, included the six death and dying scenarios and discussions mostly likely to come up during training encounters.
A significant number of Vietnam veterans may be unaware that they have liver flukes from eating undercooked fish during deployment, elevating their risk for cholangiocarcinoma, or cancer of the bile duct, according to the results of a small study commissioned by the VA. More than 20% of the blood samples tested showed signs of liver fluke antibodies, and spokesman Christopher Goodman of Northport VA Medical Center in New York said those veterans have been notified.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS, released a report Monday providing updates on the fight against HIV/AIDS, including the fact that nearly 21 million people are now being treated with lifesaving drugs. The report emphasized the need to develop new antiretroviral drugs and make technological advances to promote early diagnosis and preserve the momentum achieved in battling HIV/AIDS so that by 2030, it can be eliminated as a public health threat.