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April 21, 2014
Despite its potentially harmful effects in children, codeine continues to be prescribed in U.S. emergency rooms, according to new research from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco.
August 30, 2013
A team of researchers at UCSF is incorporating genomics into a broad group of potential factors that can help clinicians better understand which patients are at greatest risk for persistent postsurgical pain and how to better prevent or treat it.
February 20, 2013
A new website aims to guide parents in managing their young child's pain after surgery and give them the framework for how to be more effective caregivers.
August 07, 2012
Almost half of adults with type 2 diabetes report acute and chronic pain, and close to one quarter report neuropathy, fatigue, depression, sleep disturbance and physical or emotional disability, according to a study of more than 13,000 adults conducted by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, the University of California, San Francisco and the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, CA. The researchers also found significant rates of shortness of breath, nausea and constipation.
May 23, 2012
Chronic pain, by definition, is difficult to manage, but a new study by UCSF scientists shows how a cell therapy might one day be used not only to quell some common types of persistent and difficult-to-treat pain, but also to cure the conditions that give rise to them.
May 11, 2012
Aditi Bhargava, PhD, associate professor in the UCSF School of Medicine, is using a technique known as RNA interference to develop a gene therapy system that sends specific commands to certain neurons, or nerve cells, telling them to turn off pain or stop inflammation.
May 02, 2012
UCSF's Allan Basbaum, PhD, a pioneer in the pain field, says one major lesson that has emerged in years of research is that not all types of pain are the same — nor should they be treated the same.
December 06, 2011
A UCSF study suggests patients with chronic pain may experience greater relief if their doctors add cannabinoids – the main ingredient in cannabis or medical marijuana – to an opiates-only treatment.
March 16, 2011
More than 100 faculty members, students and staff celebrated the UCSF Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science’s new home on the Mission Bay campus on Wednesday as part of an open house to highlight the innovative services available in the cutting-edge facility.
November 01, 2010
In the first study to look at the prevalence of pain experienced among older people during the last two years of life, researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center found that 46 percent of study participants suffered moderate to severe pain during their final four months of life.

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