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MY TOOLBOX PROGRAM -- MONTREAL

It has been announced that My Toolbox Porgram in Montreal is being cancelled. This has been an excellant program that provided help with daily coping tools for chronic pain sufferers. They need your help in Montreal to ensure this program remains active. We are asking everyone in that area to write a short letter outlining how the program helped you and send it on to Deborah, the Program Co-ordinator with a copy to Martine Alfonso. The contact information is deborah.radcliffe-branch@mcgill.ca and…
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WAR ON PAIN PATIENTS

Over the past several years there has been an ongoing methodical attack on people in pain. Although the rhetoric has been leveled at opioids it has had a direct and deleterious effect on people suffering with pain. What is even more concerning is, those feeding this rhetoric against the use of opioids in this area of medicine, are pushing their agenda by using the tragic consequences happening to people who use ILLICT substances. The climate out there is hostile, ignorant, and misinformed, illegal…
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A REAL NEED FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT

Today we have an onslaught of negative reports on the use of medication to treat chronic pain. These specious attacks have affected every area of pain medicine in an extremely negative manner causing more and more pain for those who suffer, even those who don't require medication. Lost in all the condemnations, proclamations and recommendations about pain treatment is a most basic scientific fact about pain. Its first and foremost impact, other than agony, is its dramatic, aggressive assault on…
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REASEARCH MAY LEAD TO NEW TREATMENTS FOR CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY PAIN

New research has uncovered a cascade of reactions within nerve cells that relay sensations of pain associated with inflammation. These findings, recently published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, indicate that medicines designed to curb this pathway may help relieve inflammatory pain in sufferers. Previous studies indentified a molecule called rac1, which maintains chronic neuropathic pain resulting from injury to the nervosu system. Jun Chen, MD, PhD, of the Fourth Military Medical University…
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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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