Missouri alone in resisting prescription drug database

Prescription drug monitoring programs, which vary significantly from state to state, all share a similar strategy: to require doctors, pharmacists or both to enter all prescriptions into a database that can — or, in some states, must — be consulted later to make sure patients do not get excess medication.  These programs have been shown […]

Juvenile arthritis: new discoveries lead to new treatments

Though most people tend to think of arthritis as an “old person’s” disease, juvenile arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting children.  Afflicting nearly 300,000 pediatric patients nationwide, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) starts before age 16 and causes swelling in one or more joints lasting at least six weeks.  Historically, the first […]

New report card shows 24 states have improved pain policies since 2012

A growing number of states are enacting policy measures that promote the delivery of effective pain management, according to a recently released report.  After evaluating the content of state laws and regulatory policies to determine whether they enhance or impede pain management, researchers assigned each state a letter grade from ‘A’ to ‘F’ that reflects […]

Telecare intervention improves chronic pain for VA patients

In a recent study of 250 Veteran Administration (VA) patients, researchers found a telecare intervention to be effective in improving chronic pain.  The intervention, which uses basic telephone technology and collaborative care management, resulted in clinically meaningful improvements in chronic musculoskeletal pain compared with usual care.  Of the 250 patients, approximately half were assigned to […]

9 things I have learned through 20 years of chronic illness

The author approaches 21 years of living with degenerative rheumatoid arthritis and presents a helpful list of tips for those living with chronic pain.  Ranging from the practical (be open-minded to changing physicians) to the philosophical (consider what you want your legacy to be), the advice will give anyone living with chronic pain some profound […]