Chronic Pain

GB Sciences Files Patent Application For Chronic Pain And Heart Therapies

Chronic Pain - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:58

The current US opioid epidemic, along with growing public and government concern regarding opioid abuse, makes new pain treatments a promising field of research and development. Our novel pain formulations are also substantially free of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol , which minimizes their potential for abuse.

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Aclara Research Leads Medical Cannabis Industry with Release of Largest Illinois Patient Study

Chronic Pain - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:37

Aclara Research, a leader in the development of patient and consumer insights within the medical cannabis industry, today released the results of The Illinois Medical Cannabis Patient Experience Study - the first of Illinois patients since the inception of the pilot program in 2012. The study is the largest and most comprehensive look at the impact of the statewide program, examining nearly 300 of the 18,000 Illinois residents registered.

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Treating Opioid Abuse: Focus on the Patient, Not Just Pain

Chronic Pain - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 09:30

Pain is subjective, and individual perception and response to pain vary greatly. Some people consider pain as almost an inevitable part of aging and live with it.

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How doubts about getting better influence chronic pain treatment success

Chronic Pain - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:43

A leading psychology professor at The University of Texas at Arlington has focused international attention on how a chronic pain patient's irrational doubts about never getting better can influence both his reactions to pain and even treatment outcomes. Chronic pain costs the U.S. up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity, and is considered a problem of epidemic proportions.

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Raleigh County doctor failed to follow state orders regarding alleged pain clinic

Chronic Pain - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 00:08

A Raleigh County doctor is accused of operating his practice as an unlicensed pain clinic until a county circuit judge entered an order Friday for him to cease business operations. The West Virginia Attorney General's Office and Department of Health and Human Resources sent a petition in March to halt Dr. Yasar Aksoy from continuing to run his business until he properly licensed his office as a chronic pain management clinic.

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Benefits of medicinal cannabis 'oversold'

Chronic Pain - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 18:28

Under amendments to regulations cannabis-based medications are available to a range of people for whom more mainstream treatments are not effective. Photo: Getty Images False hope is driving claims medicinal cannabis is the "magic pill'' for chronic pain and doctors should not prescribe it just because they can, an Australian pain specialist warns.

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Christus Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience welcomes new provider

Chronic Pain - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 17:48

The Christus Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute Pain Center welcomed new provider, Anwar Zaman M.D., to serve the patients of their growing community practice on Sept. 10. "We are excited to add Dr. Zaman to our already outstanding team at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute Pain Center," said Mike Turner, Administrative Director at Christus Trinity Clinic.

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Why You're Smart to Buy Cara Therapeutics Stock

Chronic Pain - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 15:31

Don't worry about the recent pullback in Cara Therapeutics' share price. Here's why the stock remains a buy.

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Editorial: Legislature needs special session on medical marijuana

Chronic Pain - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 23:27

Lawmakers should be called back to Tallahassee for a special session to pass a comprehensive bill making medical pot reasonably accessible. Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative, passed with 71 percent voter support last year but is considerably less popular with state lawmakers.

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In defence of Fentanyl: Patient speaks out against new prescribing guidelines

Chronic Pain - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 18:57

Elizabeth Chiu is a reporter with CBC Nova Scotia and host of Atlantic Tonight on Saturdays at 7 p.m. AT, 7:30 p.m. NST. If you have a story idea for her, contact her at elizabeth.chiu@cbc.ca.

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Dalhousie Medical School launching new opioid-prescribing education ...

Chronic Pain - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 14:21

Dalhousie Medical School is part of a larger effort to ensure all doctors in the Maritimes have knowledge and tools they need to prescribe opioid medications in a safe and effective way. As physicians across Canada familiarize themselves with new national guidelines for prescribing opioids - released this week - Dalhousie Medical School is preparing to launch a comprehensive new opioid-prescribing education protocol for residents in all 55 of its postgraduate medical education programs.

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The FDA has proposed that doctors learn about acupuncture as an alternative treatment for pain

Chronic Pain - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 18:02

Chiropractors and acupuncturists who have lobbied for a bigger role in treating pain have won a preliminary endorsement from federal health officials. The Food and Drug Administration released proposed changes Wednesday to its blueprint on educating health care providers about treating pain.

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I don't use fentanyl to get high. It lets me live without chronic pain

Chronic Pain - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 16:47

Imagine my surprise, on reading the news last spring, to find that I'd contributed to the spike in fentanyl street deaths in Vancouver. Me? A writer leading a quiet life far across the country, in Halifax? My only connection to the "opioid epidemic" - a story that still dominates the news a whole year later - is fentanyl.

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Can the pain medication ketamine also relieve depression?

Chronic Pain - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 09:40

Ketamine, a drug that is used primarily as an anesthetic and pain reliever, may show some promise as a potential treatment for depression , a new study suggests. Ketamine, a drug that is used primarily as an anesthetic and pain reliever, may show some promise as a potential treatment for depression , a new study suggests.

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New opioid prescribing guidelines aim to cut use of potent narcotics

Chronic Pain - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 01:45

Updated opioid-prescribing guidelines released Monday encourage doctors to avoid giving the powerful narcotics as a first-line treatment to patients with chronic, non-cancer pain and instead try other medications or non-pharmaceutical therapies to prevent a host of potential harms associated with the widely used drugs. Those harms include physical dependence or addiction, as well as the increasingly common risk of fatal overdoses.

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New opioid prescribing guidelines aim to cut use of potent narcotics

Chronic Pain - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 01:45

Opioid pills are shown in this undated handout photo. Updated opioid-prescribing guidelines released Monday encourage doctors to avoid giving the powerful narcotics as a first-line treatment to patients with chronic, non-cancer pain and instead try other medications or non-pharmaceutical therapies to prevent a host of potential harms associated with the widely used drugs.

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'Blazing a new trail': Olympic gold medalist turned cannabis activist welcomes legalization

Chronic Pain - Sat, 05/06/2017 - 00:10

A Calgary researcher says, while studies have pointed to benefits in treating chronic pain, nausea related to chemotherapy and multiple sclerosis, how cannabis affects the developing minds of young people is still a question mark. A Canadian snowboarder who was temporarily stripped of his Olympic gold medal for having trace amounts of marijuana in his system is now in the medical cannabis business and says the product - set to be legalized next year - could be the new wine.

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Is AusCann The Australian Canopy Growth Corp?

Chronic Pain - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 14:37

We believe its significant ties with Canopy Growth Corp. has positioned it perfectly to capitalise on the deregulation of medicinal cannabis. AusCann was granted a licence to cultivate its own cannabis today.

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Can the Pain Medication Ketamine Also Relieve Depression?

Chronic Pain - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 15:29

Ketamine, a drug that is used primarily as an anesthetic and pain reliever, may show some promise as a potential treatment for depression , a new study suggests. Ketamine is not an approved treatment for depression, but the researchers at the University of California, San Diego used a novel approach to study whether the drug exhibits an antidepressant effect: They looked at symptoms of depression reported by people who had been given ketamine as a treatment for chronic pain, and compared them with depression symptoms in people who were given other pain medications, according to the findings published yesterday in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Helping patients with chronic pain during an opioid crisis

Chronic Pain - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 20:21

Given the country's opioid problem , how do pain doctors balance their concerns over misuse and overuse with the needs of patients who are truly suffering? That was the focus of a piece over on Vox today, with Stanford pain expert Sean Mackey , MD, PhD, delving into the topic. As writer German Lopez explains: [Mackey] takes issue with the claim that research has yet to prove that opioids can effectively treat chronic pain.

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