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Findings: Perioperative Continuation of Buprenorphine Appears Safe

Buprenorphine can be safely continued during perioperative pain management in patients taking it for opioid use disorder, researchers report.  "Contrary to conventional thinking, continuation of buprenorphine at low to moderate doses doesn't make pain control more difficult and has benefits beyond pain management, such as avoiding withdrawal and relapse during the peri-operative period," Dr. Yi Zhang. 

Use of Jewelry to Relieve Teething Pain in Children, Warns FDA

The FDA warned that they should not be used to relieve teething pain in children or to provide sensory stimulation to persons with special needs, such as autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The FDA has received reports of death and serious injuries to infants and children, including strangulation and choking, caused by teething jewelry, such as amber teething necklaces.

Research Finds Opioids May Help Chronic Pain

In a study published today by the  Journal of the American Medical Association  ( JAMA ), McMaster University reviewed 96 clinical trials with more than 26,000 participants and found opioids provide only small improvements in pain, physical functioning and sleep quality compared to placebo.

Does Ketamine Ease The Depression?

Jen Godfrey could not shake the "deep cloud" that lingered even after she found an antidepressant she could tolerate. Then a string of stressors hit—five years of fertility treatment and an 80-pound weight gain during pregnancy that left her with persistent pain; a close relative's suicide; another who went missing; and her own divorce. It was all too much for Godfrey, a recovering alcoholic with a family history of depression.

Cuba's Scorpion Pain Remedy

Once a month for the last decade, Pepe Casanas, a 78-year-old Cuban farmer, has hunted down a scorpion to sting himself with, vowing that the venom wards off his rheumatism pains. His natural remedy is no longer seen as very unusual here.