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2014-03-11 08:31:46

PHOENIX, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Based on early testing, the future looks bright for the creation of a technologically advanced national registry to collect data on the experience of pain sufferers and their responses to treatment, according to Stanford scientists who presented data at the 30(th) Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). In a scientific session on Friday, Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, president of AAPM, explained how the Health Electronic...

2014-03-07 16:22:59

PHOENIX, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Physician leaders of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) are calling for evidence-based interdisciplinary care as the gold standard to treat chronic pain and want insurance payers to step up to provide adequate coverage. In a position paper released today, AAPM asked all tiers of the health-care delivery system to recognize comprehensive, interdisciplinary modalities of treatment, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT),...

2014-03-07 16:22:43

PHOENIX, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Not only are neuropathic pain symptoms quite common in knee osteoarthritis (OA), but scientists can predict who will respond to treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) by assessing the nervous system's own capacity to regulate pain, new research suggests. Patients whose tests had indicated superior conditioned pain modulation (CPM) had less pain and fewer neuropathic symptoms at study's end, in results reported in...

2014-03-07 16:22:42

PHOENIX, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stem cell transplant was viable and effective in halting or reversing degenerative disc disease of the spine, a meta-analysis of animal studies showed, in a development expected to open up research in humans. Recent developments in stem cell research have made it possible to assess its effect on intervertebral disc (IVD) height, Mayo Clinic researchers reported in a scientific poster today at the 30(th) Annual Meeting of the American...

2014-03-07 16:22:40

PHOENIX, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers have demonstrated that conditioned pain modulation (CPM), a measure of the brain's ability to regulate pain, decreases activity in the human spinal cord as visible via functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). "This study confirmed our hypothesis that CPM results in significant reductions in spinal dorsal horn activity in humans," said lead study author Ian Mackey, of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. The...

2014-03-07 08:26:19

Two-thirds of states include methadone on preferred drug lists for Medicaid patients PHOENIX, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two-thirds of states prefer methadone above other opioid medications to treat chronic pain, particularly in low-income residents, a practice top pain physicians say adds unnecessary risk. Physician leaders from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) released a position paper today to warn all states and private insurers that methadone should...

2014-03-06 20:21:59

PHOENIX, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Examining outcome data on fibromyalgia, researchers were able to fit fibromyalgia patients into 1 of 4 symptom domains, each distinguished by greater presence or severity of specific symptoms. The study results, which suggest a step forward for individualized patient therapy, were presented in a scientific poster today at the 30(th) Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Fibromyalgia is a condition marked by many...

2014-03-06 20:21:58

PHOENIX, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Prescriptions for benzodiazepines are rising in primary care, and their frequent combined use with opioid analgesics may be contributing to medication-related deaths, a finding that goes largely unreported, according to Stanford researchers. Results presented today in a scientific poster at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's 30(th) Annual Meeting highlighted the trend in benzodiazepine prescriptions between 2002 and 2009....

2014-03-06 20:21:56

PHOENIX, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Success rates soared to 75% for patients who waited less than 2 years for a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) implant, compared with 15% for patients whose implants happened 20 years after the onset of pain, according to a retrospective analysis. The length of time patients waited for a referral also varied by specialty, as shown in a scientific poster presented today at the 30(th) Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine....

2014-03-06 20:21:55

Researchers sought comprehensive predictors of opioid abuse in veterans based on discontinuation rates PHOENIX, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Of nearly 1 million veterans who receive opioids to treat painful conditions, more than half continue to consume opioids chronically or beyond 90 days, new research says. Results presented at the 30(th) Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine reported on a number of factors associated with opioid discontinuation with...


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