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Growing Evidence that Music May Lead to Reduced Pain and Anxiety
Three recent studies – in three very different publications – add to a growing cache of evidence showing that music can have significant benefits for patients with pain.
A recent review in Chronic Wound Care Management and Research suggests that wound pruritus is not well understood and is often poorly treated, despite nearly a century of clinical investigation. Irritations of the skin can be as distressing for patients as pain, the authors noted; yet, there is no established treatment protocol for wound pruritus.
Study results suggest that longer exposure to methotrexate and other disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs within the first year of diagnosis is associated with a significantly longer time to joint replacement surgery.
Older spinal cord injury patients are less likely to get surgery than younger patients with the same injury, according to research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Female mice models felt pain differently than their male counterparts, according to a study published in Nature Neuroscience.
A recent case in Maryland highlighted the problem of bad physician behavior while patients are sedated. Now, an anonymous confessional in a respected medical journal suggests this wasn’t an isolated incident. That story tops this week’s PMD Critical List. Also on the list, a machine that “vomits” and a look at how to streamline your practice.
Some studies have shown the benefit of a blunt, Whitacre-type needle in reducing the incidence of intravascular injection during TFESI, but other studies showed that a short-bevel needle did not reduce the incidence of intravascular injection in lumbar TFESI compared to long-bevel, Quincke-type needles.

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