Mass General, Fern Health Broaden Digital Collaboration for Pain Management

Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital and Fern Health, a provider of digital programs for chronic pain, have expanded their collaboration, giving the company access to 10 million de-identified patient records to he...
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Research That Could be a Chronic Pain Game-Changer

AAPM member Paul Glare, MD , discusses the work of the multidisciplinary unit at Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI), University of Sydney, Australia, that focuses on the medical, psychological, and philosophical a...
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DTM-LE Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Study

The following is a prospective, multicenter, open-label, post-market study to evaluate the efficacy and energy use of a low energy DTM™ (DTM-LE) SCS therapy for pain relief. Read more .

Racial inequalities in access to care for young people living with pain due to sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease is among the most common genetic disorders globally, predominantly affecting individuals from African, Mediterranean, Arabian, and Indian origins. The most severe forms (ie, HbSS and HbSβ 0 ) uniforml...
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Shoulder Arthroplasty With Anchor Peg Implant May Promote Bone Growth, Reduce Pain

Anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty with a partially cemented polyethylene glenoid component, or anchor peg implant, may yield "in between fin" bone growth and decreased pain, according to recently presented results. Re...
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Special Report: Race, Pain Management, and the System

Chronic pain is one of the most common conditions, affecting an estimated 116 million Americans, but it is not treated equally in this country. Racial bias and discrimination have contributed — and continue to contribute...
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You Can Be Certain of Uncertainty and Controversy with Chronic Pain

The National Institute of Health Care Excellence (NICE) is set to publish new guidelines on the assessment and management of chronic pain this winter — with a likely shift away from reliance on painkillers. In this blog ...
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Researchers Advance Drug Delivery Systems to Treat Connective Tissue Disorders

University of Delaware Professor Kristi Kiick is leading collaborative research to create new drug delivery systems with the potential to improve treatment for diseases that affect connective tissues, such as osteoarthri...
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Study Bolsters Patient-Controlled Analgesia for Cancer Pain

AAPM member Kenneth Candido, MD , comments on a study regarding patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) IV hydromorphone titration provides quicker analgesic effect, higher patient satisfaction and a similar tolerability comp...
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Hi-Tech Corsets: A New Treatment to Reduce Back Pain

A new high-tech corset could relieve pressure on the spine to ease lower back pain. This high-tech device is called Atlas, which contains tiny sensors and motors that move to stretch the back areas that are painful to ea...
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Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Found Safe, Efficacious for Pain Relief in Limb Amputees

Researchers found targeted muscle reinnervation used in military patients at the time of primary amputation or delayed amputation was safe and efficacious as a pain treatment method. Read more .

Virtual Pain Care Management (COVID-19) (VCPM)

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the challenges faced by Veterans at risk of opioid overdose including Veterans prescribed moderate-to-high dose long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) whose usual treatment resources and co...
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Research Gives Green Light for Migraine Relief

A pilot study suggests that exposure to green light of a particular wavelength and brightness may be as effective as drugs in reducing the frequency and severity of migraine. Read more .

BFA Acute Musculoskeletal Pain

The aim of this pilot study is to conduct an unblinded pilot randomized clinical study on the effectiveness and tolerability of auricular semi-permanent (ASP) vs intradermal (long), and pyonex needles in Battlefield Acup...
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Researchers Study Pain Relief Caused by Coronavirus

New research from the University of Arizona could explain why nearly half of all people who get coronavirus show few or no symptoms. The researchers discovered SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has the ability ...
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Spinal Cord Stimulation Reduces Pain and Motor Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease Patients

A team of researchers in the United States and Japan reports that spinal cord stimulation measurably decreased pain and reduced motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, both as a singular therapy and as a "salvage therapy"...
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Pain Management Provider Online Reviews Fall Short

Online reviews are easy to write and convenient to access, but when it comes to pain medicine, reviews of health care providers can often miss the mark, according to a new editorial. Read more .  
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Clinic Leader Brings Holistic Stance to Pain Management

AAPM member Scott Stayner, MD, has taken over as Nura Pain Clinic's medical director of ambulatory surgery as its centers try to work through a backlog of chronic pain patients after a pandemic-related shutdown. Stayner,...
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Exercise On a Vibration Platform May Provide Short-Term Patellofemoral Pain Relief

A four-week training protocol of hip, knee and core exercises on a full body, vibration platform may improve function and relieve pain in the short term for patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome, according to publis...
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To Keep Pain in Check, Count Down

Diverse cognitive strategies affect our perception of pain. Studies by Ludwig-Maximilians-University München (Germany) neuroscientist Enrico Schulz and colleagues have linked the phenomenon to the coordinated activity of...
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Intravenous Ibuprofen Reduces Opioids After Orthopedic Trauma.

Intravenous (IV) ibuprofen adequately relieved acute pain and minimized opioid use in the first 48 hours after an orthopedic trauma, a trial in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma reported.  Full story .

Decoding the Mystery of American Pain Reveals a Warning for the Future

The elderly in the United States report less pain than those in midlife—suggesting, perhaps, that once people move into old age, their morbidity will fall. Unfortunately, assessing pain by age at one point in time masks ...
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Largescale Real-World Migraine Study Solidifies Efficacy and Safety of Theranica’s Nerivio® Device

Theranica , a prescribed digital therapeutics company developing advanced electroceuticals for migraine and other pain conditions, today announced the publication of a new real-world post-marketing surveillance study in ...
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Giant Spider Provides Promise of Pain Relief for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Molecules from the venom of one of the world's largest spiders could help University of Queensland-led researchers tailor pain blockers for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Full story .

2020 The Art and Science of Pain Management: A Clinical and Research Update Virtual Meeting

AAPM Foundation President Charles Argoff, MD , and his colleagues at Albany Medical Center invite you to attend the 5th Annual The Art and Science of Pain Management Virtual Conference that will be held on October 3, 202...
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U.S. FDA Approves Athena Bioscience's New Drug Application (NDA) for QDOLO™ (tramadol hydrochloride) Oral Solution

Athena Bioscience, LLC, a specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved QDOLO™ (tramadol hydrochloride) Oral Solution 5mg/1mL C-IV, an opioid agonist indi...
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New UBCO Study Examines Pain Tolerance Among Cannabis Users

A recent study examining pain among cannabis users suggests that—unlike long-term opioid use—regular cannabis use does not appear to increase pain sensitivity. Full story .

Calls to Rename “Pain Catastrophizing” Backed by International Patient-Researcher Partnership

The Rename Pain Catastrophizing study is the product of a patient-researcher partnership between AAPM member Beth Darnall, PhD , Stanford University School of Medicine, and Andrea Anderson, lead patient advocate on the s...
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Healthy People 2030 Sets Data-Driven National Objectives to Improve Health and Well-Being Over the Next Decade

About 1 in 12 adults in the United States have high-impact chronic pain. Healthy People 2030 focuses on helping people with high-impact chronic pain safely manage their pain and reduce its impact. View chronic pain objec...
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Medical Mindfulness: Virtual Reality Mindfulness Therapy for Anxiety and Pain Management in Patients With Acute and Chronic Pain

Adults and children undergoing medical care (inpatient or outpatient) often experience pain and anxiety either as a result of their medical condition or a side effect of medical procedures. The purpose of this study is t...
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Impaired Alcohol-Induced Dopamine Release in the Nucleus Accumbens in an Inflammatory Pain Model: Behavioral Implications in Male Rats

Recent studies have drawn the attention to the link between alcohol use disorder and the presence of pain. Indeed, the correct management of pain in patients with a previous history of alcohol use disorder has been repor...
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A Pain Reliever that Alters Perceptions of Risk

A new study in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience found that people who took acetaminophen rated activities like "bungee jumping off a tall bridge" and "speaking your mind about an unpopular issue in...
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What Is Pain? For the First Time in 40 years, IASP Revises Pain's Definition

AAPM member Beth Darnall, PhD , comments in this MedPage Today article that "the challenge to redefining pain was to be highly inclusive, not just of stakeholder perspectives, but also inclusive of results for pain scien...
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How Should Medical Education Better Prepare Physicians for Opioid Prescribing?

Opioid overprescribing is a key contributor to the current crisis. Changing how ethics is taught in connection with opioid prescribing is one area for improvement. In US medical schools, current training in ethics and op...
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Spinal Stimulators for Pain Relief Repurposed to Restore Touch in a Lost Limb

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh's Rehab Neural Engineering Labs finds spinal cord stimulators commonly used to relieve chronic pain could provide a straightforward and universal method for adding sensory fe...
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What Does Good Pharmacist-Physician Pain Management Collaboration Look Like?

Physicians and pharmacists have critical roles in addressing the current opioid epidemic and ensuring appropriate care for patients with pain. Both physicians and pharmacists have responsibilities to ensure that opioids ...
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Minimizing Distress During Deprescribing: Tools for Optimizing Outcomes Now Available On Demand

Watch this previously recorded free 60-minute CME webinar presented by Jennifer Murphy, PhD, and Jeannie Sperry, PhD LP ABPP. The session addresses whole-person treatment approaches that clinicians can incorporate into t...
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Guidelines for Managing Chronic Cancer Pain: More Similar Than Not

AAPM member, Kenneth Candido, MD, comments on a comparative analysis published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network focusing on bridging the gap among clinical practice guidelines for pain manageme...
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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 . 

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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New PET/MRI Approach Pinpoints Chronic Pain Location, Alters Management

A new molecular imaging approach utilizing 18F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can precisely identify the location of pain generators in chronic pain sufferers, often precipita...
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Prevalence of Prescription Pain Medication Use Among Adults: United States, 2015–2018

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NCHS Data Brief No. 369, June 2020. Full story . 
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Artificial Intelligence to Improve Back Pain Outcomes and Lessons Learned from Clinical Classification Approaches: Three Systematic Reviews

Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) could enhance the ability to detect patterns of clinical characteristics in low-back pain (LBP) and guide treatment. Full story . 

LSU Health New Orleans Discovers New Class of Safer Analgesics

Researchers at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence and colleagues have discovered a new class of pipeline drugs to relieve pain and reduce fever without the danger of addiction or damage to the liver...
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Placebo Effect ‘Could Treat Pain’

Placebo pain-relief is reproducible in patients with chronic pain compared to healthy volunteers according to a unique University of Manchester study. In a research first, patients with high levels of psychological distr...
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Significantly Less Addictive Opioid May Slow Progression of Osteoarthritis While Easing Pain

A novel preclinical study by Keck Medicine of USC researchers, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology , reveals that a potential new opioid medication may have the ability to slow the progression of osteoarthritis whi...
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Next-Gen Spinal Cord Stimulators Offer Physical and Emotional Benefits for Pain Patients

 AAPM members Timothy Deer, MD and Corey Hunter, MD both comment in the Practical Pain Management article about burst spinal cord stimulation. Full story .

New Therapy Reduces Chronic Low Back Pain in Large International Study

AAPM member John Markman, MD is the lead author of a new study that has found tanezumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits nerve activity, provides relief in patients with chronic low back pain, one of the leading reas...
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1 in 10 Americans Uses a Prescription Painkiller

AAPM President Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc contributed to this WebMD article that discusses a new CDC report . "This survey and other research is showing that pain management is becoming safer," said Dr. Wasan. "It is becoming...
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