Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pain Management for November 2019. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Cancer Patients Need More Info on Side Effects of Radiation Tx
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Although most cancer patients do not experience anticipated potential adverse effects of radiation therapy, more than one-third have adverse effects that they wish they had known more about, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in the Journal of Oncology Practice.
U.S. Life Expectancy Dropped Since 2014 for Working-Age Adults
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. life expectancy increased from 1959 to 2016 but has been decreasing since 2014, according to research published in the Nov. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Potentially Tainted Marijuana Sold in Colorado
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A warning about possibly contaminated and moldy recreational and medical marijuana has been issued by Colorado officials.
Dermatologists Issue Consensus Guideline for Opioid Prescribing
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In an expert panel consensus, published online Nov. 12 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, opioid-prescribing guidelines are presented for common dermatologic procedures.
Taking Multiple Fracture-Linked Meds Ups Risk for Hip Fracture
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The addition of a second and third fracture-associated drug (FAD) is associated with an increase in hip fracture risk, according to a study published online Nov. 13 in JAMA Network Open.
Electronic Health Record Usability Graded F by Physicians
FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The usability of current electronic health records (EHRs) is classified as unacceptable, with physician-rated EHR usability independently linked to the odds of burnout, according to a study published online Nov. 14 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Employee Premiums, Deductibles Eating Larger Share of Income
THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- During the last decade, health care costs have eaten up a larger share of income for millions of middle-class Americans with employer coverage, according to Trends in Employer Health Care Coverage, 2008-2018, a Nov. 21 report from The Commonwealth Fund.
Ubrogepant Superior to Placebo for Migraine Pain Relief
TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Acute treatment of migraine with ubrogepant leads to significantly greater rates of pain freedom at two hours than placebo, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
White House Wants Hospitals, Insurers to Provide Actual Costs of Care
MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New rules requiring hospitals and insurers to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures before they are performed have been proposed by the Trump Administration.
Survey of U.S. Registered Nurses Points to Worsening Shortages
THURSDAY, Nov. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The 2019 AMN Healthcare Survey of Registered Nurses raises concerns about the outlook for the nursing profession in the United States.
Medical Practices Burdened by Regulatory Requirements
TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The vast majority of group medical practices report that regulatory requirements, including prior authorization and quality payment programs, are burdensome, according to a survey released by the Medical Group Management Association.
Number of Cancer Patients Using Gabapentinoids Up Since 2005
TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Between 2005 and 2015, there was a more than twofold increase in the percentage of adults with cancer using gabapentinoids, according to a study published online Oct. 25 in Supportive Care in Cancer.
Seriously Ill Medicare Beneficiaries Face Financial Hardship
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Seriously ill Medicare enrollees experience considerable financial distress, according to a report published in the November issue of Health Affairs.
Dr. Stephen Hahn Nominated to Head FDA
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Radiation oncology expert Stephen Hahn, M.D., has been nominated as the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner.
Recommendations Developed to Address Clinician Burnout
FRIDAY, Nov. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout, a new report published online Oct. 23 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, recommendations are presented to address clinician burnout.
Increase Seen in Opioid-, Synthetic Opioid-Involved OD Deaths
FRIDAY, Nov. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- From 2015 to 2017, there were increases in opioid-involved and synthetic opioid-involved overdose drug rates in nearly all racial/ethnic groups, according to research published in the Nov. 1 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.