AAPM Foundation Convenes Opioid Reduction Consensus Panel

Pain management experts and patient advocates met this past week to begin developing clear evidence-informed guidance for healthcare clinicians on the reduction or elimination of opioids, when appropriate, for ...
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FDA Identifies Harm Reported From Sudden Discontinuation of Opioid Pain Medicines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of serious harm in patients who are physically dependent on opioid pain medicines suddenly having these medicines discontinued or the dose rapidly decreased. These include serious withdrawal symptoms, uncontrolled pain, psychological distress, and suicide. 

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2019-2020 AAPM Board of Directors Assumes Office

 AAPM is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 Board of Directors, who assumed office on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

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Members Invited to Join AAPM Investigator Registry

Periodically AAPM is asked to provide names of possible research sites for industry-sponsored trials. If you are an AAPM member who is interested in being listed as a potential Principal Investigator and/or as a pot...
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Depression, Obesity, Chronic Pain Could be Treated by Targeting the Same Key Protein

Major depression, obesity and chronic pain are all linked to the effects of one protein, called FKBP51. Researchers have now developed a highly selective compound that can effectively block FKBP51 in mice, relieving chronic pain and having positive effects on diet-induced obesity and mood. 

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Next-Generation Single-Dose Antidotes for Opioid Overdoses

Scientists report that they are developing single-dose, longer-lasting opioid antidotes using polymer nanoparticles. 

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How Pain Tolerance and Anxiety Seem to Be Connected

A rare disorder in which a 71-year-old woman experiences no pain or anxiety, raises questions about the links between physical and psychological pain. 

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To Keep Leftover Opioids Out of Harm’s Way, Give Surgery Patients Special Disposal Bags, Study Shows

In a research letter in the new issue of JAMA Surgery, a team from the University of Michigan reports that providing special disposal bags doubled the percentage of patients who safely disposed of their unneeded opioids within six weeks of their operation. 

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Pairing Music with Medication Offers Potential Therapeutic Strategy to Manage Pain

Pairing music with ibuprofen improved analgesic outcomes in an inflammation pain mouse model by more than 90 percent, while the cannabidiol-music and galanin analog NAX 5055-music pairings significantly reduced inflammation by 70 percent. 

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Another Possible Consequence of the Opioid Epidemic: Hormone Deficiencies

Many people who use opioid medications long term do not produce enough testosterone or another important hormone, cortisol, according to a new study. 

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