Feeling Legs Again Improves Amputees’ Health

Two volunteers are the first above-knee amputees in the world to feel their prosthetic foot and knee in real time. Their bionic prosthesis, features sensors that connect to residual nerves in the thigh. The resulting neurofeedback greatly reduces physical and mental strain for users of the prosthesis.

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WHO Revision of Pain Management Guidelines: A Call for Experts

The World Health Organization (WHO) announces the revision process for two recently discontinued documents: "Ensuring balance in national policies on controlled substances: Guidance for availability and accessibility of controlled medicines" (2011) and "WHO guidelines on the pharmacological treatment of persisting pain in children with medical illnesses" (2012). A Call for Experts was issued as part of identifying potential members of the guideline development groups.

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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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Virtual Reality for Management of Pain in Hospitalized Patients: A Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Trial

Objectives: Therapeutic virtual reality (VR) has emerged as an effective, drug-free tool for pain management, but there is a lack of randomized, controlled data evaluating its effectiveness in hospitalized patients. We s...
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New Pain Organ Discovered in the Skin

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have now discovered a new sensory receptor organ in the skin that is sensitive to hazardous environmental irritation. It is comprised of glia cells with multiple long protrusions whic...
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New Route to Designing Safer Pain Medications Discovered

A team at Scripps Research in Florida has discovered a biological system that manages cells' response to opioid drug exposure. The unexpected discovery offers new ideas for improving the safety of the one of the most eff...
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Mayo Clinic’s Cancer Telerehab Program Boosts Quality of Life

A six-month telerehabilitation program yielded improvements in advance-stage cancer patients' pain and function. The gains in these areas reduced hospital lengths of stay and the need for post-acute care, demonstrating t...
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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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Analgesic Effect of Music Listening During Pain Elicitation in Fibromyalgia

Brief Summary: Patients with fibromyalgia (FM) are more sensitive to things that cause pain. Music lowers self-reported pain in patients with chronic pain. The investigators are able to measure pain sensitivity and pain ...
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