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Having No Friends Is Painful, Literally
It turns out that your social network has more to do with just the likelihood of having plans on a Friday night. People with fewer friends have a lower pain tolerance, according to new research from Oxford University in England.
An oxycodone (Xtampza) extended-release (ER) product is the newest opioid soon to be on the market for chronic pain.
As more states across the country legalize marijuana in a variety of forms the usefulness of cannabinoids as a treatment method for people with neuropathic pain remains a question that many studies have explored.
Researchers report that mindfulness meditation—unlike other cognitive-based approaches to reduce pain, such as hypnosis, acupuncture, distraction, and even the placebo effect—does not appear to utilize the endogenous opioid system to reduce pain.
New research suggests that sleep problems may be a target for treatment of "emerging adults" with musculoskeletal pain complaints. Sleep issues in this patient group predicted chronic pain and worsening pain severity over time.
Study results confirm that anxiety and depression before surgery can significantly influence the amount of pain a patient feels after surgery, adding to the evidence that the subjective experience of pain is worth considering, both before and after a pain intervention.
Research indicates that both mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) appear to achieve greater improvements in back pain and functional limitations at 26 weeks, when compared with usual care, among adults with chronic low back pain.
Several patients suffering from obesity reported vast improvements in pain, physical function, and walking capacity after undergoing bariatric surgery, according to new research in JAMA.
Half of diabetic patients experience diabetic neuropathies, and the total number of cases will increase annually alongside the ever-increasing diabetes incidence rate.

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