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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647616/photodynamic-therapy-in-dermatology-beyond-non-melanoma-cancer-an-update
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REVIEW
Xiang Wen, Yong Li, Michael R Hamblin
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) employs a photosensitizer (PS) and visible light in the presence of oxygen, leading to production of cytotoxic reactive oxygen species, which can damage the cellular organelles and cause cell death. In dermatology PDT has usually taken the form of topical application of a precursor in the heme biosynthesis pathway, called 5-aminolevulinic acid (or its methyl ester), so that an active PS, protoporphyrin IX accumulates in the skin. As PDT enhances dermal remodeling and resolves chronic inflamation, it has been used to treat cutaneous disorders include actinic keratoses, acne, viral warts, skin rejuvenation, psoriasis, localized scleroderma, some non-melanoma skin cancers and port-wine stains...
June 21, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632194/a-mind-body-approach-to-pediatric-pain-management
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REVIEW
Melanie L Brown, Enrique Rojas, Suzanne Gouda
Pain is a significant public health problem that affects all populations and has significant financial, physical and psychological impact. Opioid medications, once the mainstay of pain therapy across the spectrum, can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) guidelines recommend that non-opioid pain medications are preferred for chronic pain outside of certain indications (cancer, palliative and end of life care). Mindfulness, hypnosis, acupuncture and yoga are four examples of mind-body techniques that are often used in the adult population for pain and symptom management...
June 20, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632148/claw-foot-a-case-report
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Alessandro Innocenti, Francesco Ciancio, Cecilia Taverna, Sara Tanini, Aurelio Portincasa, Domenico Parisi, Marco Innocenti, Vincenzo De Giorgi
A cutaneous horn could be defined as a conical projection on the surface of skin made of cornified material and resembling an animal horn. These lesions most commonly affect light-skinned men aged between 50 to 89 years and usually appear in sun exposed areas. Radiation, chronic irritation and even human papilloma virus-2 infection may be precipitating factors. More than half of the cases originate from either malignant or premalignant lesions, therefore the base of the lesion must be carefully examined histologically...
June 8, 2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622286/are-cannabinoids-an-effective-treatment-for-chronic-non-cancer-pain
#4
Rubén F Allende-Salazar, Gabriel Rada
The use of cannabinoids has been proposed as an analgesic for different painful conditions, especially for chronic pain refractory to usual treatment. However, its real efficacy and safety remains controversial. We sought to determine whether cannabinoids are an effective treatment for chronic non-cancer pain. To answer this question, we used Epistemonikos, the largest database of systematic reviews in health, which is maintained by screening multiple information sources, including MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane, among others...
June 14, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614186/mir-34c-5p-functions-as-pronociceptive-microrna-in-cancer-pain-by-targeting-cav2-3-containing-calcium-channels
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Jagadeesh Gandla, Santosh Kumar Lomada, Jianning Lu, Rohini Kuner, Kiran Kumar Bali
Pathophysiological mechanisms underlying pain associated with cancer are poorly understood. microRNAs are a class of non-coding RNAs with emerging functional importance in chronic pain. In a genome-wide screen for microRNAs regulated in dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons in a mouse model of bone metastatic pain, we identified miR-34c-5p as a functionally important pronociceptive microRNA. Despite these functional insights and therapeutic potential for miR-34c-5p, its molecular mechanism of action in peripheral sensory neurons remains unknown...
June 9, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613245/population-characteristics-in-a-tertiary-pain-service-cohort-experiencing-chronic-non-cancer-pain-weight-status-comorbidities-and-patient-goals
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Katherine Brain, Tracy Burrows, Megan E Rollo, Chris Hayes, Fiona J Hodson, Clare E Collins
We describe the characteristics of patients attending an Australian tertiary multidisciplinary pain service and identify areas for nutrition interventions. This cross-sectional study targets patients experiencing chronic pain who attended the service between June-December 2014. Self-reported data was captured from: (1) an Electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration (ePPOC) referral questionnaire, incorporating demographics, pain status, and mental health; (2) a Pain Assessment and Recovery Plan (PARP), which documents patients' perceived problems associated with pain and personal treatment goals...
June 14, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603719/prospective-study-of-quality-of-life-after-lung-cancer-resection
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Kathleen G Hopkins, Peter F Ferson, Manisha R Shende, Neil A Christie, Matthew J Schuchert, Arjun Pennathur
BACKGROUND: Surgical resection with curative-intent remains the gold standard for clinically operable early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This goal can be accomplished using a minimally invasive option, e.g., video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) or standard thoracotomy. Surgical techniques continue to evolve and few studies have compared the QOL of patients managed with these procedures using current approaches. The primary goal of this study was to investigate differences between patients managed surgically via VATS compared to thoracotomy with respect to ratings of chronic pain, anxiety/depression and quality of life (QOL)...
May 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599142/opioid-pharmacovigilance-a-clinical-social-history-of-the-changes-in-opioid-prescribing-for-patients-with-co-occurring-chronic-non-cancer-pain-and-substance-use
#8
Kelly R Knight, Margot Kushel, Jamie S Chang, Kara Zamora, Rachel Ceasar, Emily Hurstak, Christine Miaskowski
There is growing concern among US-based clinicians, patients, policy makers, and in the media about the personal and community health risks associated with opioids. Perceptions about the efficacy and appropriateness of opioids for the management of chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) have dramatically transformed in recent decades. Yet, there is very little social scientific research identifying the factors that have informed this transformation from the perspectives of prescribing clinicians. As part of an on-going ethnographic study of CNCP management among clinicians and their patients with co-occurring substance use, we interviewed 23 primary care clinicians who practice in safety-net clinical settings...
May 23, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593737/influence-of-opioids-on-immune-function-in-patients-with-cancer-pain-from-bench-to-bedside
#9
REVIEW
Jason W Boland, A Graham Pockley
In patients with cancer, opioids are principally used for the management of acute surgical and chronic cancer-related pain. However, opioids have many non-analgesic effects, including direct and indirect effects on cancer cells and on anti-tumour immunity (natural killer (NK) cells, macrophages and T-cells). Direct effects on immune cells are manifested via opioid and non-opioid Toll-like receptors, whereas indirect effects are manifested via the sympathetic nervous system and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis...
June 8, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589311/needs-assessment-of-primary-care-physicians-in-the-management-of-chronic-pain-in-cancer-survivors
#10
Ronald Chow, Kevin Saunders, Howard Burke, Andre Belanger, Edward Chow
INTRODUCTION: Cancer patients live longer with effective anti-cancer therapy and supportive care. About 30% of cancer survivors (non-palliative cancer patients who completed treatment) suffer from chronic pain, which will be managed by their primary care physician (PCP). The aim of this study was to assess practice patterns and treatment barriers in the management of chronic pain in cancer survivors among PCPs. METHODS: A survey using a 16-item questionnaire was sent to PCPs across Canada...
June 7, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576452/naldemedine-versus-placebo-for-opioid-induced-constipation-compose-1-and-compose-2-two-multicentre-phase-3-double-blind-randomised-parallel-group-trials
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Martin Hale, James Wild, Jyotsna Reddy, Tadaaki Yamada, Juan Camilo Arjona Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Opioid-induced constipation is a frequent side-effect of opioid treatment, and standard interventions have limited or inconsistent efficacy. This study assessed the efficacy and safety of naldemedine, a peripherally acting μ-opioid receptor antagonist, for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in patients with chronic non-cancer pain. METHODS: We report two double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trials in adults with chronic non-cancer pain and opioid-induced constipation...
May 30, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557839/validation-of-eq-5d-and-15d-in-the-assessment-of-healthrelated-quality-of-life-in-chronic-pain
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Pekka Vartiainen, Pekka Mäntyselkä, Tarja Heiskanen, Nora Hagelberg, Seppo Mustola, Heli Forssell, Hannu Kautiainen, Eija Kalso
Chronic pain has a significant impact on quality of life. Measurement of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is essential in the assessment of pain management outcomes, but different instruments have produced varying results. We assessed the validity of two HRQoL instruments, EQ-5D and 15D, in patients with challenging chronic pain. 391 chronic non-cancer pain patients referred to tertiary pain clinics completed EQ-5D, 15D and a broad set of questionnaires mapping socioeconomic factors, self-rated health, pain intensity and interference, depression, pain acceptance, pain-related anxiety, and sleep...
May 23, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555331/chronic-non-cancer-pain-management-capacity-in-karachi
#13
REVIEW
S Fatima Lakha, Peter Pennefather, Mubina Agboatwala, Safia Zafar Siddique, Hanan E Badr, Angela Mailis-Gagnon
Chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) affects people everywhere in the world, but people in developing countries have far less access to therapies that provide relief. There are often missed opportunities to implement these therapies. Karachi shares many characteristics with megacities of the global south and represents Pakistan in the global city league. This review informs readers about the availability of health management and pain services for CNCP in Karachi, and their comparability to those found in other global cities...
May 29, 2017: Pain and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549263/prevalence-reasons-perceived-effects-and-correlates-of-medical-marijuana-use-a-review
#14
REVIEW
Ji-Yeun Park, Li-Tzy Wu
BACKGROUND: The use of marijuana for medical purposes is now legal in some U.S. states and other jurisdictions, such as Canada, and Israel. Despite the widespread legalization of medical marijuana globally, there is limited information on patterns and correlates of medical marijuana use (MMU). We conducted a literature review to assess prevalence, reasons, perceived effects, and correlates of MMU among adolescents and adults. METHODS: We searched peer-reviewed articles in English between January 1996 and August 2016 from several databases (PubMed, Google Scholar, Embase, CINAHL, and PsycINFO) using different combinations of keywords...
May 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533997/metoclopramide-for-acute-migraine-treatment-in-the-emergency-department-an-effective-alternative-to-opioids
#15
REVIEW
Mejdi Najjar, Tyler Hall, Blanca Estupinan
In light of recent warnings by the United States (US) Surgeon General and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for recommending more prudent use of opioid narcotics, the search for a non-opioid alternative for aborting acute migraines is particularly relevant. The CDC also estimates the prevalence of opioid dependence may be as high as 26% among patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain, not due to cancer, in the primary care setting. Given such staggering data, it is imperative that we, as caretakers, not foster opioid dependence but rather continue to investigate non-opioid therapies for the management of acute migraines in the emergent care settings...
April 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528393/chronic-and-episodic-stress-predict-physical-symptom-bother-following-breast-cancer-diagnosis
#16
Lauren N Harris, Margaret R Bauer, Joshua F Wiley, Constance Hammen, Jennifer L Krull, Catherine M Crespi, Karen L Weihs, Annette L Stanton
Breast cancer patients often experience adverse physical side effects of medical treatments. According to the biobehavioral model of cancer stress and disease, life stress during diagnosis and treatment may negatively influence the trajectory of women's physical health-related adjustment to breast cancer. This longitudinal study examined chronic and episodic stress as predictors of bothersome physical symptoms during the year after breast cancer diagnosis. Women diagnosed with breast cancer in the previous 4 months (N = 460) completed a life stress interview for contextual assessment of chronic and episodic stress severity at study entry and 9 months later...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514508/methadone-for-neuropathic-pain-in-adults
#17
REVIEW
Ewan D McNicol, McKenzie C Ferguson, Roman Schumann
BACKGROUND: This review replaces an earlier review, "Methadone for chronic non-cancer pain in adults". This review serves to update the original and includes only studies of neuropathic pain. Methadone belongs to a class of analgesics known as opioids, that are considered the cornerstone of therapy for moderate-to-severe postsurgical pain and pain due to life-threatening illnesses; however, their use in neuropathic pain is controversial. Methadone has many characteristics that differentiate it from other opioids, which suggests that it may have a different efficacy and safety profile...
May 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510996/tramadol-with-or-without-paracetamol-acetaminophen-for-cancer-pain
#18
REVIEW
Philip J Wiffen, Sheena Derry, R Andrew Moore
BACKGROUND: Tramadol is an opioid analgesic licensed for use in moderate to severe pain. It is considered as a low risk for abuse, so control regulations are not as stringent as for 'strong' opioids such as morphine. It has a potential role as a step 2 option of the World Health Organization (WHO) analgesic ladder. OBJECTIVES: To assess the benefits and adverse effects of tramadol with or without paracetamol (acetaminophen) for cancer-related pain. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the following databases using a wide range of search terms: the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, Embase, and LILACS...
May 16, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503117/opioids-resistance-in-chronic-pain-management
#19
REVIEW
Luigi A Morrone, Damiana Scuteri, Laura Rombolà, Hirokazu Mizoguchi, Giacinto Bagetta
Chronic pain management represents a serious healthcare problem worldwide. Chronic pain affects approximately 20% of the adult European population and is more frequent in women and older people. Unfortunately, its management in the community remains generally unsatisfactory and rarely under the control of currently available analgesics. Opioids have been used as analgesics for a long history and are among the most used drugs; however, while there is no debate over their short term use for pain management, limited evidence supports their efficacy of long-term treatment for chronic non-cancer pain...
April 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499387/evolution-of-the-fourth-stage-of-epidemiologic-transition-in-people-aged-80%C3%A2-years-and-over-population-based-cohort-study-using-electronic-health-records
#20
Nisha C Hazra, Martin Gulliford
BACKGROUND: In the "fourth stage" of epidemiological transition, the distribution of non-communicable diseases is expected to shift to more advanced ages, but age-specific changes beyond 80 years of age have not been reported. METHODS: This study aimed to evaluate demographic and health transitions in a population aged 80 years and over in the United Kingdom from 1990 to 2014, using primary care electronic health records. Epidemiological analysis of chronic morbidities and age-related impairments included a cohort of 299,495 participants, with stratified sampling by five-year age group up to 100 years and over...
May 12, 2017: Population Health Metrics
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