Even if a chronic pain patient had been taking opioid medications exactly as prescribed, it would still be possible for the patient to experience negative cognitive and emotional responses to dose tapering that could amplify sensory pain and lead to opioid addiction.
For US health care facilities, participation in the World Health Organization global campaign to improve hand hygiene practices is associated with improved hand hygiene, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Human subjects protections policies do not provide regulatory coverage for all clinical trials, while up to about a quarter of trials are considered overlap trials, according to a research letter published in the March 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Scientists from the University of Rostock in Germany explored the range of multiple sclerosis treatment options and examined them for possible infectious outcomes, side effects, and potential fatalities.
Multiple sclerosis is considered to be caused by deterioration of white matter in the brain, but a meta-analysis of recent studies concluded that grey matter atrophy could also be a factor.
Two new studies suggest that obesity and the use of hormonal contraceptives both increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis rises.
Women are still underrepresented in medical science and research, and sex differences are often ignored, according to a report published March 3 by the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
There will be no more delays to the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline for implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, according to an article published Feb. 27 in Medical Economics.
New research suggests that chronic insomnia is a 24-hour brain condition, rather than a nighttime disorder.
For patients treated for low back pain, catastrophizing may predict the degree of pain and disability, according to a review published in the Feb. 1 issue of Spine.