Pain tolerance linked to genetics

Identifying whether a patient has one of four genes could help doctors to better understand a patient’s perception of pain.  In a study of 2,721 people diagnosed with chronic pain, researchers compared pain perception with four genes, COMT, DRD2, DRD1 and OPRK1.  Patients with the DRD1 gene variant were 33% more likely to have low […]

FDA advisory committee votes against approving Moxduo

A key advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has voted 14-0 against approving Moxduo, a new painkiller that is the first drug to combine morphine and oxycodone into one capsule.  According to QRxPharma, the developer of the Moxduo, the drug would provide fast relief for millions of patients suffering from moderate to […]

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A small investment of your time can make a lifetime of difference to your patients, your practice, and your community. Opioid misuse and abuse is increasingly becoming a major cause of injury and death in the US. The FDA is recommending that all current prescribers of ER/LA opioids complete a free educational program to make […]

Clear regional trends in use of complementary and alternative medicine

Midwesterners regularly turn to chiropractic care to relieve their pain, those in the West often practice yoga and meditation, and massage therapy is a popular option in the Pacific Northwest.  In all parts of the country there are significant numbers of people taking herbal dietary supplements.  These are just some of the finding of a […]

Ancient herbal remedy as effective as methotrexate in treating RA

The “thunder god vine” has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in China for centuries, but thanks to a recent study of 207 Chinese patients, the herbal remedy may be ready for 21st century acceptance.  During the trial, those who took the herbal extract alone showed slightly more improvement than those on methotrexate alone.  […]