American Pain Society releases pain research agenda for the 21st century

The American Pain Society has recently released its “Pain Research Agenda for the 21st Century,” a goal-oriented approach emphasizing important outcomes that must be achieved to meaningfully advance pain treatment.  Reflecting on the agenda, APS President Gregory Terman, MD, PhD, said, “Chronic pain must become a national priority. Much larger investments have been made, such as […]

Tips for managing stress during the holidays

In an effort to make your holiday season as enjoyable and pain-free as possible, the American Migraine Foundation has put together a list of tips for managing stress during the holidays.  Among their suggestions?  Plan ahead, be smart about traveling, be consistent in your sleep and eating habits, and realize you cannot control everything.  For […]

NIH complementary and integrative health agency gets new name

The agency formerly known as the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) will be henceforth called the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).  The center’s research priorities include the study of complementary approaches—such as spinal manipulation, meditation, and massage—to manage pain and other symptoms that are not always well-addressed by conventional […]

Use of controlled substance in Medicare rises from 2011 to 2012

Despite the recent crackdown on prescription drug abuse, doctors wrote prescriptions to Medicare patients for more potent controlled substances in 2012 than they did in 2011.   In 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, Medicare covered nearly 27 million prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers and stimulants–those with the highest potential for abuse […]

A painless twelve days of Christmas, looking back

Join Dr. Jeffrey Fudin and guest blogger Jillian Leigh Faxon of Western New England University College of Pharmacy as they count down to Christmas in a fun and unique way that only those concerned with pain management can truly appreciate. Each day for twelve consecutive days leading up to Christmas, the blog will add an […]