Former Pro Football Player Mike Alstott Joins The ‘America Starts Talking’ Campaign To Raise Awareness Of Safe Use Of Prescription Opioids And Accidental Overdose Preparedness

The America Starts Talking coalition today announced that former professional football player Mike Alstott is the newest voice in its drive to increase dialogue about safe prescription opioid use and how to respond in an opioid emergency. Moved by his personal experience with prescription opioids as an athlete, his current role as a father and […]

CDC Updates Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “still revising and making lots of changes” to its controversial draft guidelines for opioid prescribers, according to a source who listened to a CDC conference call today updating “stakeholders” about the guidelines. But CDC officials gave few specifics on what modification have been made, and […]

Are the CDC Opioid Guidelines Really Voluntary?

“A guideline coming from CDC will be viewed as having a stronger pedigree than a guideline coming from a professional society or other source, and will thus be more likely to be adopted as reflecting a standard of practice, or adopted as a rule by state licensing boards,” said Bob Twillman, PhD, Executive Director of […]

Vitamin D Levels Linked to Chronic, Widespread Pain in Fibromyalgia Patients

Low levels of serum vitamin D were associated positively with patients with fibromyalgia who had chronic, widespread pain, according to the results of a recently published meta-analysis. Researchers used the electronic databases PubMed and Scopus to identify 12 studies that included eight with patients with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and four studies with patients with […]

Seattle Scientists Developing Non-Addictive Pain Drug

Pain is a devastating health problem.  And of the millions of people who suffer from chronic pain, a large percentage are soldiers, wounded in battle.  “A lot of wounded warriors and veterans are dealing with these issues. They have burn injuries, amputations. Now they’ve come back home and the Army needs to treat them and […]