Pain Stories In The News
Does marijuana really relieve pain?
Source: The Montreal Gazette
The use of marijuana for a few carefully selected medical conditions has generated heated discussion, pitting those who favour legalization against those who warn about the undesired consequences of wider availability. Absent from much of the debate so far, however, is scientific evidence to establish whether marijuana really works to relieve chronic pain. While the McGill study is a welcome addition to what is a fairly sparse number of well-done studies, there is still more to learn about how to make cannabis as acceptable and as safe as possible.
The number of people with gout continues to rise
November 1, 2010 Source: American College of Rheumatology
Gout rates—and related cases of hyperuricema—have increased over the past two decades, according to recent research. During the 2007-2008 timeframe, researchers identified the overall prevalence of gout among U.S. adults as 8.3 million, which corresponded to 3.9 percent of U.S. adults. This is 1.2 percent higher than the 1988-1994 timeframe figure of 2.7 percent, and researchers attribute this increase to increased gout prevalence among men and senior citizens.
In the Face of Pain® Launches launches new resource guide for people with pain and advocates
October 6, 2010 Source: Purdue Pharma, LP
Pain sufferers and pain care advocates struggling to address the many challenges associated with persistent pain can now find extra help and guidance from the In the Face of Pain® Resource Guide. This one-stop pain management resource provides a compilation of tips and hands-on tools to help people assess pain and manage their treatment.
MED CONNECT partners with Briefings in Palliative, Hospice, and Pain Medicine & Management
October 6, 2010 Source: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News
Briefings in Palliative, Hospice, and Pain Medicine & Management is pleased to announce a collaboration with The Institute for Palliative Medicine's PAL-MED CONNECT hotline to create a new monthly feature for the e-newsletter. Each month, Briefings will now include a valuable case study focusing on patients with advanced pain and symptom management challenges, or chronic or life-threatening illness.
It's time to phase out codeine, researchers urge
October 4, 2010 Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal
It is time to phase out the use of codeine as a pain reliever because of its significant risks and ineffectiveness as an analgesic, states a new editorial. Although codeine has been used for pain relief for more than 200 years, it has never been subjected to the rigorous regulatory and safety requirements applied to all new drugs and its pharmacokinetics are unpredictable. Genetic variations in patients can mean very different responses to codeine.