New app helps patients with chronic pain safely monitor opioid use

The My Opioid Manager (MyOM) app, developed at Toronto Rehab, University Health Network, helps patients with chronic, non-cancer pain, such as osteoarthritis and low back pain, understand uses of opioids and the side effects and risks; track their pain and opioid use; and easily share information about their chronic pain with their health-care team.  The […]

Ten measures to drive quality palliative and hospice care

Patients with serious and life-threatening conditions may experience less unnecessary physical and emotional suffering if they receive palliative or hospice care that meets 10 key quality indicators, according to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA).   Among those key indicators is a call for adequate […]

Nationwide survey reveals widespread use of mind and body practices

According to the results of the most recent complementary health questionnaire developed by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the number of Americans using mind and body approaches to improve health and well-being remains high.  Approximately 21 million […]

American Migraine Foundation offers tips for parents on helping their children cope with migraine

While migraine is typically thought to be associated with adults, it can affect children of all ages.  If you suspect that your child suffers from migraine, you should have him or her seen by a migraine specialist, if possible, to determine a diagnosis so that the appropriate acute and preventative actions may be taken.  If […]

Madigan Army Medical Center receives $1M to study alternative pain therapies

Funded by a $1 million, three-year research grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, researchers from Madigan Army Medical Center’s Interdisciplinary Pain Management Clinic and the University of Washington will be soon studying new ways to address chronic pain.  Madigan currently offers both integrative pain therapies and a functional restoration program, but […]