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Reducing Pain Patients' Opioid Doses an Ongoing Challenge

  AAPM member Beth Darnall, PhD , recently spoke at the annual meeting of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute about tapering opioids and the EMPOWER (Effective Management of Pain and Opioid-Free Ways to...
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New DoD Pain Rating Scale Will Help Military Doctors Assess Patients' Misery

AAPM member Chester "Trip" Buckenmaier III, MD , comments on the DoD's new pain rating scale that bears the familiar 0-10 numbers, smiley and frowny faces and green, amber and red stoplight colors meant to signal a patie...
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New AAPM SIG: Interventional and Neuromodulation

AAPM recently created a new Interventional and Neuromodulation Shared Interest Group. This SIG is dedicated to supporting interventional pain medicine through: Research and evaluation by identifying knowledge gaps and pr...
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Mixing Marijuana with Opioids May Not Be Good for Mental Health

AAPM Secretary W. Michael Hooten, MD comments on a new study on opioid and cannabis co-use, pointing out that the study shows us "that individuals with chronic pain who use opioids and cannabis concurrently are more likely to have mental health problems and other substance use issues, and that is very important." Dr. Hooten was not an author in the study.

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Women May Be More Adept Than Men at Discerning Pain

AAPM member Roger B Fillingim, PhD discusses his continued research regarding gender differences and pain, and its importance toward finding more effective treatments for pain in this NPR interview.

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How To Teach Future Doctors About Pain in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis

AAPM member Beth B. Hogans, MD PhD comments in this NPR interview about the four-day course she helped create at Johns Hopkins for medical students about pain and pain management at the start of their medical education. 

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The AAPM 2020 Call for Poster Abstracts Deadline is Sept. 11

AAPM will accept scientific poster abstract submissions for possible presentation during AAPM 2020, February 26-March 1, in National Harbor, MD through September 11 at 5 pm CT . Submit your work and research for the chan...
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Don't Be the Don Quixote of Pain Management

AAPM Member and MedPage Today Pain Points blog contributor Heath McAnally, MD , discusses that the overzealous attention to gabapentinoids and its potential for non-indicated prescription, misuse, abuse and adverse effec...
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AAPM 2020 Call for Poster Abstracts Now Open

Submit your research and work as a scientific poster abstract for the chance to present during AAPM 2020, February 26-March 1, in National Harbor, MD. Up to six abstract winners will be selected to present their work dur...
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25 or 6 to 4 – Sleepless in Cytokines

AAPM Member and MedPage Today Pain Points blog contributor Heath McAnally, MD , discusses how pain clinicians can help their patients combat common contributors to chronic pain, such as poor sleep, exercise deprivation, ...
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