Cell adaptation helps repair damage

Genetic processes that allow cells to transform so they can mend damaged nerves have been identified by scientists. Their insights on tissue repair could advance the search for drug therapies to improve regeneration after injury, experts say. Researchers focused on injury to cells in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) – the crucial network of nerves…

Emotional Expression Benefits Chronic Pain

A therapeutic intervention involving confronting and expressing emotional and traumatic experiences shows greater improvement in fibromyalgia pain compared with conventional cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), randomized trial results show. It was also linked to significant pain reductions when offered as a one-time intervention in the primary care setting, researchers report. “Current evidence-based psychological interventions for fibromyalgia, such…

Buprenorphine Patches in Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Transdermal buprenorphine may be an effective therapy for diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain (DPNP), however the treatment was associated with a high rate of adverse events, mostly nausea and/or vomiting. The findings come from a newly published multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial. Ninety-three patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes were enrolled and received either…

Cancer Patient Neuropathy: Causes and Treatments

Identifying the causes of neuropathy in cancer patients can be difficult. This review looks at the common causes of neuropathy in cancer patients, as well as effective therapies—and even preventions.   Neuropathic pain is often defined as pain caused by a lesion or disease of the somatosensory nervous system. Peripheral neuropathies arise from disorders associated…

Acupuncture for Diabetes

For people with diabetes, the needle-based therapy known as acupuncture may offer a number of health benefits. Some research shows that acupuncture may help control diabetes by treating insulin resistance, while other studies indicate that this long-practiced form of traditional Chinese medicine may help protect against certain complications commonly linked to diabetes. Acupuncture and Insulin Resistance Insulin…

Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

CHICAGO — As many as 50% of patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer experience chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. But most cases go undiagnosed, according to results presented at the American Neurological Association 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Noah A. Kolb, MD, of the University of Utah, and colleagues studied the frequency of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and…

Integrated Pain Management Approach

Logan resident Dawn Carter’s life changed in January 2015 following an accidental fall down a flight of stairs. Originally diagnosed with just a concussion, complications from the injury now cause Carter to experience chronic nerve pain and migraines, in addition to seizures and memory loss. “There is really nothing (my doctors) can do about my…