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AMA House of Delegates Adopts AAPM Resolution on Future of Pain Care

  Action planned to discuss and organize medicine's response to the public health crisis of pain   (and opioid addiction) CHICAGO—A Future of Pain Care resolution, introduced by the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates during its June 2017 Annual Meeting, highlight...
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Intensive Outpatient Pain Management Shown as Cost-Effective Method for Treating High Utilizer Chronic Pain Patients

March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – High utilizers of medical services account for disproportionate healthcare costs, with up to 21% of expenditures spent treating the top 1% of patients (Jiang et al, Characteristics of Hospital Stays for Super-Utilizers by Payer, 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality H-CUP Nov 2014), and chro...
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Stem Cell Transplantation Produces Remarkable Therapeutic Effects on Neuropathic Pain in Animal Models

March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – Chronic pain from nerve injury is common and often debilitating. Current treatment options for neuropathic pain include physical, cognitive, behavioral, pharmacological, interventional, and surgical therapies. Unfortunately, none of these therapies is particularly effective, according to Jianguo Cheng,...
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Simulation and Immersive Learning Shown to Successfully Teach Safe Opioid Prescribing in a Medical School Setting

  March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – Negative consequences from opioid prescribing stem in part  from a lack of education and skills training in all levels of medical education. A 2011 study that  assessed U.S. and Canadian medical school curricula concluded that pain education for North  American medical school students is limited...
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Novel Naloxone Device Offers Hope to Community Organizations Grappling with Drug Overdose Epidemic

March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – Deaths from drug overdose have increased sharply in the past decade, an unfortunate trend that is associated with overdoes of prescription opioid pain relievers more than tripling from 1983 to 2013 (Mack MMWR Suppl . 2013;62(3):161-3). The drug naloxone has been established as a safe and effective medi...
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Interdisciplinary Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program Shown as Successful Method for Treating Older Adults with Chronic Pain

  March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – Up to half of older adults (aged 60 years or more) report  experiencing chronic pain. A study presented today at the American Academy of Pain  Medicine's 33rd Annual Meeting as a scientific poster abstract considered the utility of  interdisciplinary chronic rehabilitation programs in treating t...
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American Academy of Pain Medicine Endorses First Comprehensive National Pain Strategy

March 28, 2016, CHICAGO, Ill – The Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pain  Medicine (AAPM) enthusiastically endorses the National Pain Strategy (NPS) issued earlier this  month by the US Department of Health and Human Services. "For AAPM to issue such a formal  endorsement is unusual," said AAPM President Daniel B. Carr, ...
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CHOIR Results Demonstrate Shortest Path Between Primary Care and Pain Medicine for the Most Complex Patients

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. –- The care of complex patients with pain exhibits a closer connection between primary care and the specialty of pain medicine than that seen with less complex patients, Stanford researchers reported today. Results presented in a scientific poster at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Me...
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Intradiscal Biacuplasty Sustains Long-term Superiority Over Conservative Treatment for Discogenic Low-Back Pain

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Patients treated with intradiscal biacuplasty (IDB) for discogenic back pain maintained benefits a year later, and those who crossed over to IDB treatment mid-study reported similar gains, study investigators reported. The results were presented today in a scientific poster at the 32nd Annual Meeting of th...
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More Evidence of the Power of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplant to Block Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia and Tolerance

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Cleveland Clinic researchers have found new evidence that modulating neuroinflammation with stem cell transplants may prove to be an effective strategy to treat both opioid tolerance (OT) and opioid-induced hyperalgesia (OIH). The latest results in this line of inquiry, which may have the potential to tran...
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