Misconceptions about the use of strong opioids showed to undermine optimal pain control among Asian cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy according to a cross-sectional survey conducted at the Sarawak General Hospital in Malaysia.
People who experience migraine with visual aura may have an increased risk of an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, according to a study published in the Nov. 14, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Prescription opioids dispensed to children and adolescents have steadily decreased since 2012 in an analysis of data from a large commercial insurance provider. The analysis include all oral opioids used for pain, excluding cough suppressants, and individuals with a health care claim associated with a cancer diagnosis were excluded.
An intervention combining passive joint mobilization to realign the patellar (kneecap) position, along with exercise to maintain it, can reduce pain and improve function and quality in life in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
A standardized care pathway for children with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis undergoing spinal fusion surgery reduces the need for opioid pain medications and shortens hospital stays at Children's National Health System.
Rohan Kumthekar, M.D., a cardiology fellow at Children's National, presents a prototype for a miniature pacemaker, about the size of an almond, which aims to make pacemaker procedures for infants less invasive, less painful, and more efficient, measured by shorter surgeries, faster recovery times and reduced medical costs.
For the first time, researchers at the UNC School of Medicine showed they could target one brain region with a weak alternating current of electricity, enhance the naturally occurring brain rhythms of that region, and significantly decrease symptoms associated with chronic lower back pain.
A study conducted at Hospital for Special Surgery and other joint replacement centers indicates that a newer type of artificial hip known as a 'modular dual mobility' implant could reduce the risk of dislocation in patients who need a revision surgery.
A Musculoskeletal Care study is the first to investigate individual perceptions of the impact of a Pilates exercise program on the daily lives of people with chronic conditions.
Many surgeons write prescriptions for opioid pain medications four times larger than what patients will actually use after common operations, a study shows. And the size of that prescription may be the most important factor in how many opioid pills the patient takes -- outweighing pain scores, the intensity of their operation and more. The study highlights the importance of using actual opioid use to guide prescribing, and of helping patients dispose of unused opioids safely.