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2011-06-30 01:29:32

Every year, at least 116 million adult Americans experience chronic pain, a condition that costs the nation between $560 billion and $635 billion annually, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Much of this pain is preventable or could be better managed, added the committee that wrote the report. The committee called for coordinated, national efforts of public and private organizations to create a cultural transformation in how the nation understands and approaches pain management...

2011-06-29 18:16:00

GLENVIEW, Ill., June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the one of every four American adults who suffers from chronic pain, the findings released today by the Institute of Medicine in its report, "Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research" will evoke a sigh of relief. More people suffer with pain than the number afflicted by cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined, the IOM committee noted. The 2010 Patient Protection and...

2011-06-16 12:19:00

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, June 21st at 4:00 p.m. ET, the Kaiser Family Foundation will release a new survey of Americans' attitudes towards and experiences with the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and hold an event to discuss where we are today on the domestic AIDS epidemic and the challenges ahead. AIDS At 30 will feature findings from new separate national and Washington, D.C. surveys, an update from the White House on the national HIV/AIDS strategy, and a...

2011-06-08 07:18:00

A Position Statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine GLENVIEW, Ill., June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Several recent unintentional deaths of military personnel have drawn national attention on major news websites and Sunday morning television talk shows. While these deaths are tragic and deserve deep societal mourning and introspection, the pain experts from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) urge media and government officials to rightly assess the many...

2011-05-25 14:48:00

BALTIMORE, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to evolving health care guidelines and the needs of its growing membership, XLHealth has reformed its Medical Advisory Board, bringing together nine leading authorities in both clinical program management and medical consulting, who will play a vital role in helping the company formulate new programs and interventions that best serve the needs of its more than 100,000 chronically ill and underserved Medicare members. The Medical...

2011-05-09 15:53:00

PHILADELPHIA, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children with life-threatening illnesses receive hospital-based palliative care services for an average of more than a year, far longer than adults who require similar end-of-life support, according to a new study from the Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network and PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The majority of children were treated for genetic, congenital, neuromuscular, breathing and stomach illnesses, much...

2011-05-02 16:38:46

Though there have been significant improvements in the treatment of head and neck cancer, there is still a lack of data on the experience of end of life care for head and neck cancer patients, according to a new study published in the May 2011 issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. As discussed in this study, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs group has developed the Family Assessment of Treatment at the End of life (FATE) survey, which is administered to families of...

2011-04-26 11:31:00

Northwestern Asthma-COPD Program partners with palliative medicine to help patients cope with their disease CHICAGO, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When faced with a long-term illness, patients often retreat or are left feeling hopeless, a response that can negatively impact one's prognosis and impair their quality of life. When coping measures are offered however, the opposite can hold true. Patients can learn to accept their illness, take control of the situation and plan...

2011-03-29 08:45:00

New Report Outlines Progress Made and Issues Call to Action ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A call to action in the form of a new report, Private Conversations and Public Discourse: The Importance of Consumer Engagement in End-of-Life Care, stresses the importance of the American public openly discussing care at the end of life. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110105/DC25260LOGO) "In the past 30 years, we've made some tremendous advances in medical...

2011-03-22 05:00:00

More than 800 Pain Scientists and Physicians Gather to Learn the Latest Advances in Pain Medicine Pain Medicine DC: The Governing Voices of Pain: Medicine, Science and Government NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The latest research, education and regulations that affect the practice of pain medicine by physicians and their treatment teams will be the focus of the American Academy of Pain Medicine's 27th Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland this week....