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Signing Opioid Law, Trump Pledges To End 'Scourge' Of Drug Addiction

October 24, 2018
National Public Radio (NPR)
With the nation reeling from an epidemic of drug overdose deaths, President Trump signed legislation Wednesday that is aimed at helping people overcome addiction and preventing addictions before they start.

Mayo Clinic National Health Checkup: Most Americans would choose an alternative to opioids following surgery

October 23, 2018
Source: Mayo Clinic News Network
While nearly all Americans say they would choose an alternative to opioid pain relievers following surgery, few patients are talking to their health care provider about it, according to the Mayo Clinic National Health Checkup.

Practical Pain Science Course (Portland, OR - Oct 20-21, 2018)

September 28, 2018
Source: Paradigm Education LLC
Practical Pain Science provides a bridge between the science of pain and its application. The course will provide participants with an easy-to-apply conceptual model that simplifies how to understand pain. This model can then be used to ‘deconstruct’ their client’s pain to identify a therapeutic plan, where they can utilize their existing skill set (if applied differently).

The House just passed a bipartisan bill to confront the opioid epidemic

September 28, 2018
Source: Vox
Congress is doing something about the opioid epidemic. But experts say it’s not enough.

NIH study broadens understanding of High Impact Chronic Pain in the U.S.

September 5, 2018
Source: National Institutes of Health
Researchers have demonstrated that disability is as likely in the chronic pain population as it is in those with kidney failure, emphysema or stroke. ... Together, the HICP population constitutes some 4.8 percent of the U.S. adult population.

NIH research program to explore the transition from acute to chronic pain

August 28, 2018
Source: National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health has launched the Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures (A2CPS) program to investigate the biological characteristics underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain.

2019 Oregon Pain Summit: Call for Presenters

July 31, 2018
Source: Oregon Physical Therapy Association and PainWise
This is the official call for proposals for presentations for the 2019 Oregon Pain Summit! All entries must be received by 5:00 pm on October 5, 2018.

Grant award to enhance pain management website

July 11, 2018
Source: Newport News Times

Telehealth-delivered behavioral therapy, supportive care beneficial for low back pain

June 28, 2018
Source: Clinical Pain Advisor
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and supportive care psychotherapy, both delivered by nurses over the telephone, may offer comparable benefits for the management of chronic back pain, according to a randomized study published in the Journal of Pain.

Should Chronic Pain be Redefined?

June 28, 2018
Source: Practical Pain Management
PAIN Reports - a scholarly journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) - published a paper suggesting a revised definition of pain.