Chronic Pain Connector Daily Newsletter

  • Man Cured His Chronic Pain With A Cold-Water Swim
    on February 13, 2018 at 11:48 am

    A man with chronic nerve pain solved his persistent problem by taking a plunge in cold water. The patient was suffering from unrelenting pain 10 weeks after a successful surgery to prevent constant facial flushing, meaning doctors cut the nerve responsible for blushing, TIME reports. Researchers ... […]

  • US Pain Foundation Responds to Senator McCaskill Report on Pain Group Funding
    on February 13, 2018 at 11:03 am

    U.S. Pain Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to serving the 100 million Americans living with chronic pain. As an organization entirely comprised of people with pain and their caregivers, we work hard to offer effective programs to educate, empower, connect, and advocate for people with debilitating ... […]

  • Assisted suicide group Exit registered 10000 new members in 2017
    on February 13, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Last year, some 10,078 new members joined the euthanasia organisation Exit, the group announced on Tuesday. The number of actual assisted suicides went down slightly, whilst the average age of Exit members rose. At the end of December 2017, the organisation had 110,391 members in ... […]

  • Natural pain relief: an alternative approach
    on February 13, 2018 at 10:41 am

    "Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well." - Hippocrates. Chronic pain afflicts over 100 million people in the United States, diminishing their productivity and quality of life, with billions of ... […]

  • Drugmakers Spent Millions Promoting Opioids To Patient Groups, Senate Report Says
    on February 13, 2018 at 9:22 am

    In that period, Insys gave $2.5 million to the U.S. Pain Foundation for one of the group's patient assistance programs, the report says. The U.S. Pain Foundation said "any funding we receive has never nor will it ever influence what we will do to help people with chronic pain," according to a statement ... […]

  • Mental Health: Taking Care Of Yours In 2018
    on February 13, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Further, she says anxiety and stress can lead to physical complaints, like headaches, back and neck pain, and insomnia. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (2018), people with serious mental health conditions run a high risk of experiencing chronic physical conditions, but people with ... […]

  • How mindfulness can benefit college students
    on February 13, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Mental health is improved because someone who practices mindfulness becomes less preoccupied with concerns of success and self-esteem and ... Scientists have found that mindfulness techniques help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain and improve sleep. […]

  • Prescription of opioid drugs continues to rise in England
    on February 13, 2018 at 6:00 am

    The prescription of opioid drugs by GPs in England is steadily rising, especially in more deprived communities, even though they are potentially dangerous and do not work for chronic pain, a new study reveals. The study shines an alarming new light on the legal use of opioids in England; potentially ... […]

  • Woman wakes up with British accent, experts see it differently
    on February 13, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Interestingly, Michelle Myers never had a stroke, but it is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome which makes her prone to foreign accent speaking. According to experts, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a painful condition and is believed to be connected to Myer's speaking disorder. Toby Yaltho, a neurologist with ... […]

  • Chronic pain patients report struggles under tighter opioid regulations
    on February 13, 2018 at 4:07 am

    Leading the charge are insurance companies, pharmacies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which in 2016 issued new guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. The recommendations were issued, according to the agency, “as part of the urgent response to the epidemic of ... […]

  • Euthanasia case: Woman told doctor she wasn't suicidal
    on February 13, 2018 at 2:48 am

    Her patient had a history of depression going back to 1991, and suffered osteoarthritis which caused chronic pain, and pain in her hip. Compared to other elderly patients she saw, Dr McCann said Mrs Treadwell was one of her more competent, active patients. However, in her last consultation with the ... […]

  • Opioid makers gave $10M to advocacy groups amid epidemic
    on February 13, 2018 at 1:07 am

    That included issuing medical guidelines promoting opioids for chronic pain, lobbying to defeat or include exceptions to state limits on opioid prescribing, and criticizing landmark prescribing guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Doctors and the public have no way of ... […]

  • Opioid makers gave US$10M to advocacy groups amid epidemic
    on February 13, 2018 at 1:07 am

    That included issuing medical guidelines promoting opioids for chronic pain, lobbying to defeat or include exceptions to state limits on opioid prescribing, and criticizing landmark prescribing guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Doctors and the public have no way of ... […]

  • Opioid makers paid millions to advocacy groups: US Senate report
    on February 13, 2018 at 12:33 am

    The report released by McCaskill, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's ranking Democrat, said the groups issued guidance promoting opioids for chronic pain and lobbied against laws to curb their use. “These financial relationships were insidious, lacked ... […]

  • Opioid makers gave millions to patient advocacy groups to sway prescribing
    on February 13, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Specifically, five drug companies funneled nearly $9 million to 14 groups working on chronic pain and issues related to opioid use between 2012 and 2017. At the same time, physicians affiliated with these groups accepted more than $1.6 million from the same companies. In total, the drug makers made ... […]

  • Report: Patient advocacy groups pushed opioids after getting industry money
    on February 13, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Most of the groups that received manufacturers' money also opposed the first national standards for prescription pain killers issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016, according to the report. The CDC's guidelines recommended limits on opioid prescriptions for chronic pain — “a ... […]

  • McCaskill report says top opioid manufacturers gave millions to pain groups
    on February 13, 2018 at 12:22 am

    “Notably, a majority of these groups also strongly criticized 2016 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that recommended limits on opioid prescriptions for chronic pain — the first national standards for prescription opioids and a key federal response to the ongoing epidemic. […]

  • Talley Sergent: Why I support health care for every West Virginian (Gazette)
    on February 13, 2018 at 12:22 am

    A few years ago, he was diagnosed with intracranial hypertension and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. His wife works for a medical transcription service, which lets her work from home in Braxton County and support their family, which includes a teen-aged daughter. Their stories are our stories and I've heard ... […]

  • How drug company money turned patient groups into "cheerleaders for opioids"
    on February 13, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Purdue was by far the largest donor to outside advocacy groups, which often bill themselves as grass-roots organizations supporting patients struggling with chronic pain. Among the recipients of drug company largesse: The U.S. Pain Foundation, the National Pain Foundation, and the Academy of ... […]

  • GPs should keep record of patients with high use of opioids, say researchers
    on February 13, 2018 at 12:11 am

    The paper, published in the BJGP, said the findings come despite opioids having 'poor efficacy for non-cancer pain, potential harm and incompatibility with best practice'. The paper said: 'This study exposes increasing rates of prescription of a class of drugs whose use for chronic pain is controversial, ... […]

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