Pain Management

Substance Use Guidelines Focus on Evidence-Based Care

New AMA Substance Use & Pain Care Task Force recommendations aim to improve opioid prescribing and addiction treatment.

Virtual Reality, Real Pain Relief?

AppliedVR hopes its immersive therapeutics will help patients with chronic pain, and investors hope so too.

Researchers Seek to Better Understand Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain

The NIH Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures program will identify chronic pain biomarkers, helping physicians predict which patients will develop chronic pain.

Product Spotlight

Updated Apple Watch to Feature Blood Oxygen Detection

Adding to the cool factor of the Apple Watch is the blood oxygen detection capability expected with iOS 14 and watchOS 7. Building on the electrocardiogram feature offered in the most recent model of the sophisticated watch, the blood oxygen...

The Softer Side of Practicing Medicine

A growing body of research shows clinicians with a high level of emotional intelligence not only provide a benefit to their patients, they also help protect themselves from the stresses of the medical profession.

End-of-life Care: Not a Cost Bogeyman After All?

Per-capita expenditures on end-of-life care have been dropping since 2008, according to a study by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The decrease helped moderate Medicare spending, the study finds. Spending...

Exploring Telemedicine’s Potential in Palliative Care

A literature review found palliative care can be delivered effectively through telemedicine.

Study Helps Clarify Migraines’ Link to Mood Disorders

A Taiwanese study focusing on migraine frequency expands on earlier research linking depression and anxiety to headaches.

Spider Venom May Hold Key to Treating IBS

Researchers assessing the role that venom plays in activating nerve fibers involved in pain sensation have uncovered a surprising mechanism that may influence irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)-related pain.

Study Raises Questions about Protocols for End-of-life Care

Despite efforts to enhance palliative care, recent evidence suggests that pain and other symptoms are still major issues during the last year of many patients’ lives.