Cannabis Shows Potential for Mitigating Sickle Cell Disease Pain

Cannabis appears to be a safe and potentially effective treatment for the chronic pain that afflicts people with sickle cell disease, according to a new clinical trial. The findings appear in JAMA Network Open . Full sto...
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Brain-Training Protocol Aims to Reduce Phantom Limb Pain

A new study from Osaka University used brain training to try and reduce the impact of these painful sensations. Full story . 

The Search for New, More Targeted Pain Treatments

AAPM member Mark S. Wallace, MD comments in this NIH Research Spotlight on the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (NIH HEAL) Initiative regarding what has been learned from clinical trials. Full story . 

Transcutaneous Intercostal Nerve Stimulation in Spinal Cord Injury

The purpose of this study is to determine the safety, feasibility, and effectiveness of electric stimulation of the nerves along the intercostal nerves on pain and spasticity in spinal cord injury patients. Read the deta...
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FDA Approves Digital Health App for Chronic Pain Management

A new digital health tool has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The approval of the iOS-compatible application will enable individuals with chronic pain and movement disorders to receive personalize...
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Brain Waves Can Be Used to Predict Future Pain Sensitivity

New research in the journal, Cerebral Cortex , suggests that these alpha waves could be used to help clinicians understand how susceptible a patient may be to experience severe pain post-surgery. Full story . 

AMA Opioid Task Force Releases its 2020 Progress Report

The new report details the recent evolution of the nation's opioid epidemic and physicians' progress toward ending it. AAPM Past President Steve Stanos, DO , represents the Academy on the Task Force. Key points from the ...
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AAPM Members Bernard Canlas, MD, and Erik Clarke, PhD, Receive NIH Grant

Congratulations to AAPM members Bernard Canlas, MD (left) and Erik Clarke, PhD (right) at VA Puget Sound who have just been awarded a $727,888 NIH grant. This is the first NIH-funded study at VA Puget Sound investigating...
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Effect of Pain on Functioning in Serious Mental Illness

 AAPM President-Elect W. Michael Hooten, MD , provides perspective on a new study suggesting that patients with serious mental illness should undergo regular screening for the presence of pain in Psychiatry Advisor ...
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Advocacy Update from AAPM President Ajay Wasan, MD MSc

Today AAPM President Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc issued the following message to members about the CMS Proposed '21 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and its impact on pain medicine specialists. Dear Colleagues,  I am writi...
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