AAPM Endorses the FOVA FY 2021 Budget Recommendation

AAPM endorsed the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) FY 2021 budget recommendation of $860 million for the VA Medical and Prosthetic Research program. Full story .

Depression and Functional Outcomes in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is a common reason for patients to present to Emergency Departments (EDs). Our objective was to describe the associations between depressive symptoms, pain severity, and functional impairment up to 3 ...
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Improving Osteoarthritis Care by Digital Means - Effects of a Digital Self-Management Program after 24- or 48-Weeks of Treatment.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is highly prevalent in older adults and a growing cause of disability. Easily accessible first-line treatment of OA is increasingly important. Digital self-management programs have in recent years bec...
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Intermountain Healthcare First Health System in Utah to Offer Formal Opioid-Free Surgery Program for Patients Wanting Alternative Pain Control Options

The new program was tested for three months as part of a pilot project, in which physicians utilized non-addictive and less-addictive pain management alternatives for surgical patients looking for alternative pain contro...
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Noninvasive Brain Stimulation for Pain Relief

Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial focused ultrasound (FUS), is be applied to healthy human subjects, acute pain patients, and chronic pain patients to inv...
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Associations Between Stopping Prescriptions for Opioids, Length of Opioid Treatment, and Overdose or Suicide Deaths in US Veterans: Observational Evaluation

The objective of this study is to examine the associations between stopping treatment with opioids, length of treatment, and death from overdose or suicide in the Veterans Health Administration.  Read the abstract ....
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AAPM Members Discuss Clinical Challenges to Opioid Tapering in MedPage Today

AAPM members Beth Darnall, PhD , and W. Michael Hooten, MD , contributed to this MedPage Today article, Clinical Challenge: Opioid Tapering—New trials look at ways to help chronic pain patients take fewer drugs. Full sto...
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Can Pain Management be Safely Optimized in Older Adults?

Managing chronic pain is a challenging task. Older adults (OAs) (>65 years) are the fastest growing segment of our population, and are substantially affected by chronic pain of various etiologies. Read the abstract .&...
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3D Printed Opioid Medicines with Alcohol-Resistant and Abuse-Deterrent Properties

In the past decade, prescriptions for opioid medicines have been exponentially increasing, instigating opioid abuse as a global health crisis associated with high morbidity and mortality. Read the abstract . 
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Let It Be: Mindful Acceptance Down-Regulates Pain and Negative Emotion

Mindfulness training ameliorates clinical and self-report measures of depression and chronic pain, but its use as an emotion regulation strategy—in individuals who do not meditate—remains understudied. Read the abstract ...
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