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LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES

Happy New Year to all our group leaders and thank you for all your hard work and dedication over the years. We look forward to a brighter and better year for all who suffer with pain. 2015 was a successful year with several leadership conferences across Canada and we hope to have several more in 2016. We have already been invited to attend the Atlantic Pain Conference in Halifax, where organizers have requested that we have a representaive from each province sit on a panel at that conference. We…
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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCIENTISTS UNCOVER HOW OPIOIDS CAUSE BREATHING PROBLEMS

University of Toronto researchers on a quest to make opioid medications safer have discoverd a window of opportunity: a tiny channel in the brain where opioids interfere with the breathing mechanism. They discovered that lab animals without this channel kept breathing normally with an opioid overdose - a discovery that may result in new therapies to stop accidental deaths from prescription pain relievers. "Opioids are highly effective at relieving pain, but they can also kill some people by depressing…
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SCIENTISTS MAKE KEY FIND ON MANAGING CHRONIC PAIN

Scientists in Singapore have potentially opened the door to managing chronic pain better after finding a new link between a part of the brain and pain response. The researchers from the Yong Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) found that the medial septum, which is connected to the cortex of the brain, plays a role in moderating the level of pain a person feels. This section of the brain has long been associated with learning, memory, fear and anxiety. This study…
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SEVERE PAIN IS A KILLER -- STUDY FINDS

Previous research has demonstrated a clearly negative influence of chronic pain on health. A study now portrays a profound link between severe chronic pain and death; inflicting nearly a 70% greater mortality risk than even cardiovascular disease. A large cohort of 6,940 persons was recruited by researchers at the University of Aberdeen, UK, and information collected about chronic pain status, general health, and socioeconomic details [Torrance, et al. 2010]. Followup of this cohort linked the data…
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BECOME INFORMED: SEPARATE MYTH from FACT!

"For too long, pain and its management have been prisoners of myth, half-truths, irrationality and cultural bias. While misinformation about oral morphine and other opioids remains extremely common among healthcare workers, knowledge about how to assess and treat pain is often absent or deeply inadequate." The combination of ignorance among healthcare workers and the myths about opioids results in failure to treat patients who are suffering from severe pain. [1] Some of the most common myths hold…


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