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NASEM report outlines strategy to combat opioid epidemic

NASEM report outlines strategy to combat opioid epidemic

The FDA commissioned the report to provide an update on current evidence on research, care, and education in the pain field, and to identify actionable measures for the FDA to more adequately address the ongoing opioid epidemic.

CDC: Opioid prescription rate remains high, inconsistent in the United States

However, the number of opioids prescribed decreased between 2010 and 2015.

Corticosteroids for sore throat: a mixed bag of results

Oral corticosteroids could be an alternative symptomatic treatment for acute sore throat, which is a significant burden in primary care and a source of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing.

Short-term oral corticosteroid use associated with increased risk for sepsis, venous thromboembolism

Approximately 1 in 5 American adults use corticosteroids in the short term, which is associated with an increased risk for sepsis, venous thromboembolism, and fracture.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction may improve low back pain

Mindfulness-based stress reduction was associated with short-term benefits for pain intensity and physical functioning.

Opinion

Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

Lidocaine patches may be effective for patients who are in pain but are looking to avoid drugs that could be addictive.

Collaborating on interventional pain management in primary care

Interventional pain specialists can work together with primary care providers to provide the best care for patients managing chronic pain.

As opioid prescription rates decrease, overdose deaths remain the same: Is this progress?

A national push to decrease opioid prescription rates has not led to a net decrease in overdose deaths. Has progress been made?

Clinical Features

Could disrupted homeostasis cause headaches?

Could disrupted homeostasis cause headaches?

Dysfunction of the endocrine system may lead to various neurologic manifestations, including headaches.

Chest pain in a woman

Chest pain in a woman

A woman has a myocardial infarction after her chest symptoms are misdiagnosed as acid reflux.

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