Pain Management

Could Botox Cousin Combat the Opioid Epidemic?

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 -- A modified type of botulinum toxin -- botox -- gave mice long-term pain relief and may someday be a safer alternative to opioids as a treatment for chronic pain, according to British researchers.

They "deconstructed" the botulinum molecule and reassembled it with an opioid called dermorphin. The resulting compound -- called Derm-BOT -- silenced pain signals from neurons in the spinal cords of mice.

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Pain Management

In a sign that the U.S. opioid epidemic is still not under control, a new report shows that prescriptions for the highly addictive painkillers haven't declined in the last decade.

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Pain Management

An FDA-approved supplement reduces episodes of severe pain in people with sickle cell disease, a new clinical trial shows.

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Pain Management

A close look at U.S. congressional districts has yielded new information about the opioid crisis: The highest rates of prescriptions for opioid painkillers are in the Southeast, Appalachia and the rural West.

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