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Welcome to the first in a new e-newsletter series, ‘Disarming Pain – A Focus on Pain Management in General Practice’, brought to you by Sanofi and distributed in association with Irishhealthpro. In this edition, we take an in-depth look at osteoarthritis pain and its management. We also invite you to submit your suggestions for future topics you would like to see covered by our team of expert medical writers. Plus, we take a look at some of the latest research in the area of pain management. We hope you find this service of use, and look forward to your feedback. 


The 'Disarming Pain' Team
Treatment of Osteoarthritis Pain in General Practice
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of pain and disability worldwide. An ageing population and rising obesity rates are contributing to an increase in this debilitating disease. Over 450,000 people in Ireland live with osteoarthritis...

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Your Pain Management Content Wish List

Please take a moment to tell us what area of pain management you would like reviewed by our team of experienced medical writers in future editions of this newsletter. For example, you may wish to hear more about treating low back pain, recent pain management guidelines or have a recently published article reviewed.

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Recently Published

For each edition, our team will review the latest research from clinical journals and select four pain-related articles we think you may find interesting:

Does Neuropathic Pain Affect Quality of Sleep?

Melikoglu MA1, Celik A1, Eurasian J Med. 2017 Feb;49(1):40-43. doi: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2017.16261

This study set about evaluating quality of sleep in neuropathic pain, and found that 80% of neuropathic pain patients had poor quality of sleep. Female sex, pain severity and duration of pain were factors implicated in poor quality of sleep.

Obese People Have Lower Pain Thresholds 

O.A. Tashani1,*, R. Astita1,2, D. Sharp1, M.I. Johnson1 Eur J Pain 2017 Mar 6. doi: 10.1002/ejp.1019. [Epub ahead of print]

UK researchers have found that obese people are more sensitive to pressure pain, but not thermal pain, compared to normal and overweight groups. Their findings strengthen arguments that weight loss can play a significant part in pain management programmes for obese pain patients.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Treating Low Back Pain

Anheyer D1, Haller H 1, Barth J1, Lauche R1, Dobos G1, Cramer H1 Ann Intern Med. 2017 Apr 25:1-9. doi: 10.7326/M16-1997

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is frequently used to treat pain-related conditions, but its effects on low back pain are uncertain. The study found modest short-term effects on perception of pain intensity. Longer term benefits have not yet been established.

Does Presentation/Prognosis Differ In Older vs Younger Adults With Chronic Low Back Pain?

S. Manogharan1, A. Kongsted2,3, M.L. Ferreira4, M.J. Hancock1, Eur J Pain 2017 May;21(5):866-873. doi: 10.1002/ejp.989. Epub 2017 Mar 14.

Less intense back pain, more leg pain and more depression were recorded in older adults presenting with lower back pain compared to the middle aged and younger adults, but these differences were small, according to a new study. There were no associations between age groups and the clinical course over a year.

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