New DEA rules aim to balance risks, benefits of prescription painkillers

Beginning in October 2014, it will be more difficult to access combine hydrocodone with other analgesics due to a rule being implemented by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The move is intended to address prescription drug abuse, but according to some pain management groups, the rule will also result in blocked access to needed treatments.  According […]

NIH and VA address pain and related conditions in U.S. military personnel, veterans and their families

RTI International, funded with a research grant from NCCAM, NIDA, and the VA,  intends to explore non-drug approaches to managing pain and related health conditions in U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families. The project will test the acceptability and practicality of an interactive mindfulness meditation training program—using web-based platforms and mobile apps—with active duty […]

ATTENTION: Unauthorized and unsolicited email

It has recently come to the American Academy of Pain Management’s (the Academy) attention that an unauthorized and unsolicited email (the solicitation) from Jacob Bose of ‘Conference Marketers’ began circulating just after the conclusion of the Academy’s 25th Annual Clinical Meeting that claims to be selling a list of the “2014 Annual Clinical Meeting – […]

U.S. pledges millions to study ways to ease soldiers’ pain

The U.S. Government recently announced that it will launch a large-scale research effort to explore alternative ways of managing chronic pain in the military.  The effort, which will encompass 13 different research projects over five years, will be conducted at Veterans Affairs medical centers and academic institutions across the nation.  According to Dr. Josephine Briggs, […]

Acupuncture shown to reduce pain and improve function in osteoarthritis patients

In a recent meta-analysis of 12 trials consisting of 1,763 patients with osteoarthritis, acupuncture was found to be associated with a statistically significant reduction in pain and improvement in functional mobility.  Each included trial compared true acupuncture with sham acupuncture, conventional treatments, and no treatments.  The most common acupuncture points used for the sample of […]