This Week in Chronic Pain Management News

Scientists Identify Reversible Molecular Defect Underlying Rheumatoid Arthritis
Medical Xpress: “In rheumatoid arthritis, immune cells called helper T cells behave differently from their counterparts in healthy cells and in other autoimmune diseases. Stanford scientists have learned why… Stanford University School of Medicine investigators succeeded in countering inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis in mice engrafted with human joint-lining tissue and a human immune system.” Click here for full story.

Finding a Fibromyalgia Doctor
Harvard Health: “It’s not uncommon for people with fibromyalgia to encounter doctors who don’t understand fibromyalgia, don’t know how to diagnose and treat it, or simply don’t believe it’s a real condition… These tips on finding the right fibromyalgia doctor may help:” Click here for full story.

New Research Further Explores Alcohol’s Role as a Migraine Trigger
Neurology Advisor: “Researchers have found that alcohol, and specifically red wine, is a potent migraine trigger in patients with migraine. Many patients with migraine avoid or drastically reduce their alcohol consumption based on its triggering effects. The findings from this observational study were published in the European Journal of Neurology.Click here for full story.

Slow Fetal Growth, Low Birth Weight May Point to Endometriosis Later in Life, Study Suggests
Endometriosis News: “Slow fetal growth during pregnancy and low birth weight are linked to a higher risk of endometriosis later in life, a study suggests. The study, ‘Developmental origins of endometriosis: a Swedish cohort study,’ was published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.Click here for full story.


Week of January 30, 2019

Tosymra Approved for the Acute Treatment of Migraine
MPR: “The Food and Drug Administration has approved Tosymra (sumatriptan nasal spray; Promius Pharma) for the acute treatment of migraines with or without aura in adults. Tosymra is an intranasal spray containing sumatriptan 10mg, a selective 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonist.” Click here for full story.

Top 5 Most Effective Fibromyalgia Medications
Red Orbit: “Fibromyalgia is an incredibly difficult condition to treat. Most people with fibromyalgia go through a great ordeal trying to get both diagnosis and treatment. Finding the right medication can be a challenge as well because there are so many possible options. Here’s a list of some of the most commonly prescribed medications for fibromyalgia and which are most often effective.” Click here for full story.

Gene Therapy Likely to be the Next Non-Invasive Endometriosis Treatment
Market Research Blog: “Endometriosis has no effective long-term treatment and in few cases, endometriosis serves as a precursor for ovarian cancer. However, efforts are being taken by several treatment providers in developing pills that can help in reducing pain caused by endometriosis. Taking future perspective into consideration, efforts are being made to deliver non-invasive treatment alternatives to women suffering from endometriosis.” Click here for full story.

Identical Twins Light the Way for New Genetic Cause of Arthritis
Science Daily: “Identical twin toddlers who presented with severe arthritis helped scientists to identify the first gene mutation that can single-handedly cause a juvenile form of this inflammatory joint disease. By investigating the DNA of individual blood cells of both children and then modelling the genetic defect in a mouse model, the research team was able to unravel the disease mechanism.” Click here for full story.


Week of January 23, 2019

Fish Intake May Not Protect Against Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatology Advisor: “Dietary intake of fish or marine omega-3 fatty acids does not have a protective effect against rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to results published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. Furthermore, the results indicated that fish intake reduced the strong association between smoking and RA diagnosed in patients younger than 55 years, but this association requires further study.” Click here for full story.

Many Migraine Sufferers Wary of Alcohol as a Headache Trigger
Reuters: “Many migraine sufferers avoid alcohol, saying it can trigger the severe headaches, a survey found. Among more than 2,000 migraine patients in the Netherlands, more than a third said alcohol was a migraine trigger for them. Of the 650 patients who had stopped consuming alcohol, one in four said it was to avoid triggering migraines.” Click here for full story.

Why Fibromyalgia Patients Should Consider Vitamin D Supplements
Fibromyalgia News Today: “Studies suggest that vitamin D deficiency could worsen fibromyalgia symptoms. In one study of women with fibromyalgia who had low levels of vitamin D, reduction in pain occurred after 20 weeks of supplementation.” Click here for full story.


Week of January 16, 2019

Smoking Linked to Increased Disease Activity in Arthritis
Rheumatology Advisor: “An association has been found between smoking and increased disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study recently published in The Journal of Rheumatology.” Click here for full story.

Risk of Atrial Fibrillation Increases in Certain Ankylosing Spondylitis Patients, Study Finds
Ankylosing Spondylitis News: “Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients younger than 40 and those treated with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) are at a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate, a population study shows.” Click here for full story.

Tender Joint Count May Not Reflect Inflammation Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatology Advisor: “In patients with long-standing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), tender joint count was strongly associated with subjective measures such as Composite Disease Activity Scores (CDAS) and patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), but was weakly associated with objective assessments of inflammatory activity such as ultrasound, according to study findings published in Arthritis Care & Research.” Click here for full story.

The Course of Back Pain Over Time
Science Daily: “Back pain is among the most frequently reported health problems in the world. New research examines patterns in back pain over time and identifies the patient characteristics and the extent of healthcare and medication use (including opioids) associated with different patterns.” Click here for full story.


Week of January 9, 2019

Greater Walking Frequency, Duration May Reduce Risk for Low Back Pain
Clinical Pain Advisor: “Regular and prolonged walking was found to be associated with reduced risk for low back pain in South Koreans age >50, according to a study published in Spine Journal.” Click here for full story.

New Year, New You, but You Still Have Endometriosis
Endometriosis News: “Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) is excited to announce the launch of its new interactive educational widget, Migraine Matters, that empowers those with Migraine and Headache disorders. Created by combining the best resources from top nonprofits and clinical experts in the field of migraine treatment and research, Migraine Matters is an easy-to-use online resource area for patients, caregivers, and physicians.” Click here for full story.

More Effort Needed to Recruit Minorities to Phase 3 Clinical Trials, MS Expert Says
Multiple Sclerosis News Today: “Because multiple sclerosis (MS) presentation and progression course can be very different between people of African ancestry and Caucasians, the recruitment of minorities to Phase 3 clinical trials is of particular importance.” Click here for full story.

New Online Resource Tool Available for Persons with Migraine Disease to Help Address Healthcare Challenges
Patient Advocate Foundation: “In the social media age, seeing everyone’s resolutions all at once can be overwhelming. For those of us with a chronic illness, the feeling of starting anew feels a tad foreign because we can’t quit our disease. As an endometriosis patient, I may plan fertility treatments or consider hysterectomies or alternative medications, but it’s still ‘the same ol’ endo.’” Click here for full story.

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