Topic List : Pain
Heroin discharges surpass opioid discharges
The findings of a new Stanford-led study suggest that illicit drugs are beginning to replace prescription opioids as the source of the national drug epidemic.
Working through pain toward success in school
With the help of an advocacy program and integrated complex care team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Hari Suresh navigated an obstacle-strewn path to scholastic success.
Darnall funded for pain management study
The Stanford pain psychologist will evaluate the effectiveness of behavioral training to help people with chronic pain reduce their use of opioids.
Source of opioids’ side effects identified
Stanford researchers said they have identified the receptors to which opioids bind to produce tolerance to the drugs and increased sensitivity to pain. They also found that a commercially available drug limited those side effects in mice.
Podcast: How physicians are fueling the opioid epidemic
In, "Drug Dealer, MD, How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop," Stanford addiction expert Anna Lembke explores the culprits behind the rise in the opioid epidemic sweeping the country.
Podcast: Opioid-free pain relief
In her new book, The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit: 10 Simple Steps to Ease Your Pain, Stanford pain psychologist Beth Darnall, PhD, outlines a plan to empower chronic pain sufferers to gain control over their pain.
Darnall on opioids and pain management
A Stanford Medicine psychologist is helping patients reduce pain without opioids and prescription drugs. She offers practical steps for people to harness the power of their mind-body connection to reduce symptoms of pain and increase their quality of life.
Safer opioid analgesic designed
Morphine and similar drugs are the world’s most widely used painkillers. But they’re also dangerous and addictive. A new compound may be able to safely provide the same analgesia as morphine.
Surgeries a risk for chronic opioid use
A new study reinforces the need for surgeons and physicians to monitor patients' use of painkillers following surgery and use alternative methods of pain control whenever possible.
Software helps physicians track symptoms
Sean Mackey and his colleagues created a computer-based system that uses streams of data from many patients to help physicians provide the best care for individuals.