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16/06/2022 - Gene involved in chronic pain
A gene has been discovered that regulates pain sensitisation by amplifying pain signals within the spinal cord. More

26/04/2022 - New guidance to diagnose fibromyalgia
New guidelines have been published to support clinicians diagnosing fibromyalgia syndrome. More

07/04/2022 - Steroid injection effective for hip pain
Steroid injections provide effective pain relief and enable improved movement for up to four months for adults with hip osteoarthritis, researchers report today. More

31/03/2022 - Access to opioids reveals global disparities
Significant disparities exist globally when it comes to access to opioid painkillers, a new UK study shows today. More

14/03/2022 - Call for children to get pain relief ear drops
Ear drops with anaesthetic and analgesic can be offered to children and young people with acute otitis media, according to new guidelines. More

24/02/2022 - Salt in soluble paracetamol linked to cardiovascular disease risk
Soluble paracetamol that contains salt is linked with a significantly increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, heart failure and death, according to a new Chinese study. More

22/02/2022 - 'No association between breast pain and breast cancer'
Referring women with breast pain to a diagnostic clinic is an inefficient use of limited resources because there is no association between breast pain and cancer, researchers report today. More

12/11/2021 - New guidelines for treatment of chronic neck pain
Radiofrequency ablation should only be used to treat chronic neck pain of patients who meet specific criteria, says new guidelines published today. More

09/09/2021 - 'Weak recommendation' for medical cannabis for chronic pain
Trials of cannabis products should only be set up for people living with chronic pain, experts say today. More

02/09/2021 - Long COVID concerns among teens - but teachers safe
Large numbers of children and teenagers who contracted COVID-19 may be suffering from long COVID, according to a major new analysis. More

08/07/2021 - Back pain drugs and orthopaedic procedures questioned
Prescribing muscle relaxant drugs for low back pain gives only short-term relief and there is an increased risk of side-effects, new analysis claims today. More

22/04/2021 - Migraine associated with high blood pressure post-menopause
Women who are prone to migraines before they go through the menopause may have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure afterwards, a new French study has claimed. More

21/04/2021 - Widen use of general anaesthesia for dying patients?
General anaesthesia should be widely available as part of end of life care, according to a group of British specialists. More

25/02/2021 - Muscle pain not affected by statins
Muscle pain is not exacerbated by the use of statins, according to the results of a UK trial, published today. More

09/02/2021 - New device can stop accidental cerebrospinal fluid leaks
A device that can quickly rectify accidental cerebrospinal fluid leaks during an epidural is to be tested on humans, following successful animal tests. More

26/01/2021 - How music reduces pain after major heart surgery
Listening to music following major heart surgery can significantly reduce anxiety and pain, according to an analysis published today. More

21/01/2021 - Antidepressants 'ineffective' for back pain and osteoarthritis
Antidepressant drugs do not provide any benefit for people with back and osteoarthritis pain, according to a review published. More

15/12/2020 - Discrepancies in opioid prescribing patterns in England
England has hugely varying rates of opioid prescribing across its regions, researchers say today. More

22/09/2020 - Embrace medicinal cannabis, say experts
Attitudes towards medicinal cannabis use must change among the medical and pharmaceutical sector in the UK, according to an analysis published today. More

14/08/2020 - Medical marijuana for sickle cell patients means fewer hospitalisations
Sickle cell disease patients who take medical marijuana for pain have fewer hospital visits than others, according to a new US study. More

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