Oregon Panel Drops Effort to Cut Opioids and Cover Chronic Pain

An Oregon committee has abandoned a controversial proposal that would have expanded treatment options for chronic pain patients under the Oregon Health Plan, but would have forced many to reduce dosages or discontinue prescription opioids. 

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Anterior Nucleus of Paraventricular Thalamus Mediates Chronic Mechanical Hyperalgesia

Pain-related diseases are the top leading causes of life disability. Identifying brain regions involved in persistent neuronal changes will provide new insights for developing efficient chronic pain treatment. Here, we showed that anterior nucleus of paraventricular thalamus (PVA) plays an essential role in the development of mechanical hyperalgesia in neuropathic and inflammatory pain models in mice.  

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New Chronic Pain Treatments Help the Whole Person

AAPM President Tim Lamer, MD contributed to this ​HealthyWomen article about the benefits of multidisciplinary chronic pain treatment, saying "It's more of a patient-centered, goal-oriented, holistic approach."

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UF Institute on Aging Study Shows Chronic Pain Might Accelerate Brain Aging

A new study led by a University of Florida Institute on Aging researcher has found the brain age of older adults with chronic pain had accelerated by an average of two years. 

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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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Self-Management Interventions for Chronic Pain Relief With Cancer Survivors (NCT03867760)

This study will evaluate the efficacy of a recorded hypnosis intervention in reducing chronic pain among cancer survivors and will explore its biological and psychological mechanisms. 

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New Target for Chronic Pain Relief Confirmed by Scientists

A research group at Hiroshima University observed a potential new target for chronic pain treatment. Further research using this receptor could lead to new, more effective drugs to use in pain-relieving treatment for chronic pain. 

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Where Does Chronic Pain Begin? Scientists Close in on Its Origins

Researchers cataloged variations in RNA expression in the dorsal root ganglia cells of patients differing by pain state and sex. Using RNA sequencing, a specialized form of gene sequencing, on those DRG cells yielded a l...
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State Hits Pause Button on Chronic Pain Proposal

Oregon health officials have delayed consideration of a controversial change under the Oregon Health Plan that could have forced many patients with chronic pain off opioids. 

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Managing Twin Crises in Chronic Pain and Prescription Opioids

AAPM Past President Sean Mackey, MD PhD, co-authored a BMJ editorial on how the national pain strategies are part of the solution in managing this twin crises. 

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Optimize Low Back Pain (NCT03859713)

The objective of this study is to improve health care for patients with chronic LBP and increase the likelihood that patients obtain outcomes that matter most to them. The investigators will accomplish our goal using a s...
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Peer-Support, Healing Hands Offers New Options to Patients with Chronic Pain on Prescription Opioids

A program providing group support, acupuncture, mindfulness, massage and gentle exercise may offer safe, extra relief to patients on prescription opioids, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. Full...
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Acupuncture Relief for Chronic Neck Pain (NCT03859011)

This study will measure the effectiveness of "usual care" for chronic neck pain as defined in the protocol, compared with usual care plus acupuncture for chronic neck pain. This study's hypothesis is that combining acupu...
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Interdisciplinary Pain Management Approach May Reduce Opioid and Benzodiazepine Use in Chronic Pain Patients

A four-week interdisciplinary pain management program for worker's compensation patients with chronic pain significantly reduced their opioid and benzodiazepine use, according to a new study.

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Smokers Are At High Risk for Low Back Pain, Hospitalization, and Opioid Use

Smokers are at high risk for low back pain, and also have higher rates of healthcare utilization and opioid use, and physicians should ask these patients about other comorbidities that may make their pain treatment more ...
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Virtual Reality Intervention Shows Promise for Back Pain Patients Who Are Afraid to be Active

A new virtual reality physical activity intervention may be effective for people with chronic low back pain who avoid activity because of fear, helping them to become physically active once again, according to a new stud...
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Upbeat Attitude May Be a Pain Fighter

AAPM President Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD , comments in this HealthDay News article about a recent study in JAMA Network Open . Dr. Cheng suggests that adding optimism training to treatments such as cognitive behavioral thera...
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Chronic Pain Patients: The Baby with the Bathwater?

AAPM longtime member David Nagel, MD , spoke to the New Hampshire Medical Society about unintended consequence of the battle against the opioid epidemic, and the negative impact on chronic pain patients. Full story .

The IASP Classification of Chronic Pain for the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)

This article describes the current consensus proposal by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) for a specific set of FPs ...
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New Medications Offer Improved Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders, Chronic Pain, Mood Disorders

A team of researchers from Purdue University discovered that two peptides, which are naturally metabolic products of Rubisco, a large protein found in many plants like spinach, may aid in the development of new medicatio...
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