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Therapy in Virtual Environments: Are the Rights and Responsibilities the Same as in the Real World?

There has been a steady increase in the use of therapy for psychological disorders in virtual environments (VE) and using computer-assisted treatment over the last decade. Do the same guidelines and ethical standards apply as they do in the in-person world? A study published in Telemedicine and e-Health has taken on this challenge. Virtual reality […]

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FDA Approves REMS for Extended-Release, Long-Acting Opioids

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for extended-release (ER) and long-acting (LA) opioid analgesics in the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain. The centerpiece of the plan is education for prescribers.

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By R Kennedy | Chronic Pain . News . Pain
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Brain Regions Involved in Transition From Acute to Chronic Pain

Neuroscience researchers have been searching for years using imaging studies to find changes in brain structure and function that correlate with persistent pain. A recent study in Nature Neuroscience studied patients (n=40) with subacute back pain (SBP) lasting 4–16 weeks, with no prior back pain for at least 1 year. Brain scans were conducted on […]

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By R Kennedy | Brain Scan . Imaging . Pain . Radiology
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Distraction Can Reduce Pain

According to a report published in Current Biology, reduced pain perception while being distracted from pain is an everyday example of how cognitive processes can interfere with pain perception. Researchers from the University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany, using high-resolution spinal fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) as people experienced painful levels of heat, demonstrated that mental […]

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By R Kennedy | Cognition . Imaging . Pain
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy & Exercise for Chronic Widespread Pain

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine evaluated the clinical impact of telephone-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (TCBT), exercise, or a combined intervention in primary care patients with chronic widespread pain (CWP). 442 patients with CWP (American College of Rheumatology criteria) were randomized to receive 6 months of TCBT, graded exercise, combined intervention, or […]

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By R Kennedy | Cognitive Behavior Therapy . Pain
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Psychological Interventions Can Improve Chronic Pain

A presentation at the “Pain In Europe“, 7th Congress of the European Federation of International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Chapters in Hamburg, Germany reported yesterday that “psychological interventions can mitigate chronic pain, improve the patients’ quality of life and prevent a spiral of ever-increasing disability. But they are only helpful if they […]

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IOM: Over 100 million in Chronic Pain in US

New report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that calls for changes in how chronic pain is managed.[Read more]

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By R Kennedy | News . Pain
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Minimal Progress in Treating Chronic Pain

An article in June 25th Lancet reviewed the empirical evidence for the management of chronic non-cancer pain, including the most commonly used interventions such as, pharmacological, physical, psychological, rehabilitative, and alternative modalities. The authors describe that “despite important advances in understanding of the neurophysiology of pain, the increasing availability of advanced diagnostic procedures, and the […]

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By R Kennedy | Pain . Treatment
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