Pain

Oct
02

Imparied Sleep and Pain Sensitivity

A recent study in PAIN, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain has demonstrated that in people who suffer from both insomnia and chronic pain there is a strong negative effect on pain tolerance and that these individuals may benefit from treatments targeting both conditions. The study included more than […]

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By R Kennedy | Chronic Pain . Pain . Sleep
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New research finds nearly 1 in 5 adults have persistent pain

New research from the University of Washington in Seattle reported that “published adult prevalence estimates of chronic pain in the United States vary significantly. A more consistent pain measure is needed to assess unmet need for pain management in the general population.” [More…]

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By R Kennedy | Chronic Pain . News . Pain
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Sixth Annual Chair Summit Begins This Week

This week a Master Class for Neuroscience Development called the Chair Summit takes place in Tampa, FL (Sept 26-28, 2013). In the early days of medical training in Kos, students, trainees and medical colleagues would gather to discuss their cases and the latest science with Hippocrates.  This model of education was maintained throughout the centuries […]

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Pain conditions among veterans with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder

A study published in General Hospital Psychiatry evaluated the rates of chronic, noncancer pain conditions in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) System. Researchers used a cross-sectional design that used administrative data extracted from VHA treatment records of all individuals receiving VHA services in one year (N=751). They […]

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps Treat Diabetic Neuropathies

Research published this month in the Journal Pain found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help relieve pain for people with painful diabetic neuropathies. This was a randomized, treatment as usual (TAU), controlled, non-blinded intervention pilot study with a 4-month follow-up conducted in a VA Medical Center in Boston. It was hypothesized that participants who […]

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Chronic pain medicines should come with behavioral pacts

A great deal of research suggests that physicians are not good at predicting who will misuse pain medication. AMA MedNews [More…]

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By R Kennedy | Addiction . Chronic Pain . News . Pain
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An Empathetic Doctor Can Increase A Patient’s Pain Tolerance

Clinicians are taught as part of their medical training that the therapeutic relationship is an important component of treatment and that reassurance, empathy and compassionate care are valuable elements in improving medical outcomes. A recent study published in the journal Patient Education and Counseling demonstrated that the doctor-patient relationship can actually change the brain’s response […]

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