APS 2016

The Stanford Pain Management Center: a Successful Model for Chronic Pain Care

The Stanford Pain Management Center: a Successful Model for Chronic Pain Care

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Cross-disciplinary collaborations for chronic pain

The National Pain Strategy: a Roadmap for Effective Care and Management of Chronic Pain in America

The National Pain Strategy: a Roadmap for Effective Care and Management of Chronic Pain in America

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The Oversight Committee for the NIH Health and Human Services National Pain Strategy's agenda sets objectives for 6 main areas of pain care and management.

Big Data to Address Chronic Pain

Big Data to Address Chronic Pain

🎥 Dr James Campbell's team is developing safe, non-addictive and effective therapies to treat chronic pain using a big data approach, and focusing on osteoarthritis, chronic low back pain and headache.

Assessing Patient Expectations of Pain May Help Guide Treatment Decisions

Assessing Patient Expectations of Pain May Help Guide Treatment Decisions

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Setting patient expectations of early pain relief may help influence treatment outcomes.

New Factors to Measure Pain Catastrophizing

New Factors to Measure Pain Catastrophizing

🎥 The long-established 'Pain Catastrophizing Scale' takes magnification, rumination and helplessness into account. Researchers at the University of Alabama considered additional measures of negative cognition associated with pain to reach a 'global catastrophizing measure'.

Factors Predicting Pain Intensity Level, Interference of Pain, and Perceived Disability

Factors Predicting Pain Intensity Level, Interference of Pain, and Perceived Disability

🎥 Psychosocial variables to help predict pain levels in patients with mixed chronic pain conditions and similar demographics and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Critical Value of Psychosocial Care in Chronic Pain Management

Critical Value of Psychosocial Care in Chronic Pain Management

🎥 University of Alabama researchers use a psychosocial approach to the management of pain, by instructing patients to leverage their thoughts and feelings to improve their pain experience, and by establishing a relationship of trust between the patient and their healthcare provider.

An Insight Into Mechanisms of Action of Placebo Effects for Pain Modulation

An Insight Into Mechanisms of Action of Placebo Effects for Pain Modulation

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As the research of Dr Colloca suggests, any pain treatment, in order to be effective, needs to take the psychosocial context into account.

Poor Diet Leads to Prolonged Recovery From Induced Chronic Pain: An Interview of the Study Researcher

Poor Diet Leads to Prolonged Recovery From Induced Chronic Pain: An Interview of the Study Researcher

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🎥 A diet mimicking the poor American diet, with 3-fold higher omega 6 to omega 3 ratio, prolongs recovery from induced chronic pain in rats.

Abuse-Deterrent Formulations to Treat Prescription Drug Abuse

Abuse-Deterrent Formulations to Treat Prescription Drug Abuse

🎥 Abuse-deterrent formulations for prescription drug abuse are effective in reducing snorting and injection, but abusers switch to an oral route of administration. New abuse-deterrent formulations will need to discourage all routes of administration.

Psychosocial Pain Interventions: Many Effective Options

Psychosocial Pain Interventions: Many Effective Options

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Physicians treating patients affected by pain need to help patients gain more access to treatment quickly.

Manual Therapy: An Important Overlooked Treatment for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

Manual Therapy: An Important Overlooked Treatment for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

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Manual therapy uses skilled passive movement of joints and soft tissues to improve range of motion, mobility, and function.

What Mice Tell Us About the Link Between CGRP and Migraine

What Mice Tell Us About the Link Between CGRP and Migraine

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Data suggest that photic-squint or photophobia could be potential biomarkers for migraine pain, amenable to treatment with CGRP-based therapeutics.

Studies Explore the Relationship Between Resilience and Chronic Pain

Studies Explore the Relationship Between Resilience and Chronic Pain

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Researchers discuss resilience in patients with chronic pain at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society.

The Peripheral Opioid Receptor as a Therapeutic Target

The Peripheral Opioid Receptor as a Therapeutic Target

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Researchers discuss why peripheral opioid receptors are normally inactive.

Program Encourages Grant Application Process

Program Encourages Grant Application Process

The American Pain Society (APS) and Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning and Change (IGLC) are collaborating to offer a new funding opportunity focused on improving the care for individuals with chronic pain

Correlation Between Detectable Viral Load and Enhanced Heat Pain Sensitivity

Correlation Between Detectable Viral Load and Enhanced Heat Pain Sensitivity

🎥 Processing of painful stimuli may be facilitated by a HIV surface glycoprotein, GP120 found to be at higher levels in HIV patients experiencing pain. Patients with detectable viral loads might be at increased risk for hyperalgesia and allodynia.

Several Factors Play a Role in Pain Reports Following Surgery

Several Factors Play a Role in Pain Reports Following Surgery

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Predictive factors for post-operative chronic pain that were considered in past studies, included age and other demographic factors, as well as pre-operative pain.

Study Paves Path for Use of Stem Cells in Treating Chronic Pain

Study Paves Path for Use of Stem Cells in Treating Chronic Pain

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Although neuropathic pain can have numerous etiologies, from diseases (eg, cancer, viral infections) to injuries/trauma (eg, stroke, surgery, spinal cord injuries), neuroinflammation is an underlying driving factor.

Poor Diet Likely Leads to Prolonged Recovery From Induced Chronic Pain

Poor Diet Likely Leads to Prolonged Recovery From Induced Chronic Pain

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The diet under testing had an omega 6 to omega 3 ratio of 15:1 to mimic the American diet, which strays from a regular diet where the standard omega 6 to 3 ratio is 5-6:1.

Pain  A Complex Issue For Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Pain A Complex Issue For Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Although swelling of the joints is the most common cause of pain, even in the absence of swelling, joint pain might persist. This indicates that other, noninflammatory factors might be important contributors to pain.

Personalizing Pain Medicine: The Future of Treatment

Personalizing Pain Medicine: The Future of Treatment

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The technology is already there, the biggest problem is cost, and people who know what they are doing to run it.

Depression, Catastrophic Thinking Influence Pain

Depression, Catastrophic Thinking Influence Pain

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Pain catastrophizing was a significant predictor of pain intensity.

Sleep Disruption Alters Positive Affective Pain Modulation

Sleep Disruption Alters Positive Affective Pain Modulation

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Results from a preliminary study is the first showing a link between acute sleep loss with changes in affect and changes in pain sensitivity.

Misperceptions About How Pain Professionals Contribute to Chronic Pain Care Noted In QI Program

Misperceptions About How Pain Professionals Contribute to Chronic Pain Care Noted In QI Program

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Attitudes toward managing chronic pain patients did not change in either quality improvement group.

Physical Activity and Fibromyalgia: What's the Connection?

Physical Activity and Fibromyalgia: What's the Connection?

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Since fibromyalgia is characterized by elevated levels of circulating proinflammatory cytokines, looking at measures to reduce these variables is key to treating patients with this condition,

Endomorphin Analog Analgesics: An Alternative to Opioids?

Endomorphin Analog Analgesics: An Alternative to Opioids?

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These compounds, through selective µ-opioid receptor activation, could provide a safer alternative to opioids in treating three major types of pain.

Live Coverage of the American Pain Society's 35th Annual Meeting

Live Coverage of the American Pain Society's 35th Annual Meeting

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Check back throughout the week for live coverage of the conference!

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