Chronic Pain in the News

NEW BOOK ON CHRONIC PAIN -- Experiencing ChronicPain in Society by Lous Heshusius

This extensively researched book is a follow up to the author's highly praised memoir Inside Chronic Pain. The present work describes the "outside" of chronic pain: It shows how chronic pain is poorly represented to, and deeply embedded in society. It is written for people living with pain as well as for those who, for whatever reason, are in contact with them. Integrating social analysis with the lived experience, this book shows how multiple societal institutions and beliefs often make…
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THE CHRONIC PAIN TRAIN -- Internet Support Group

Chronic pain sufferer and looking for support? Check this out. An online support group is now very active and is growing. Please enter into your browser the following address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1839587242969791/ Kathy is a contact. You will find this group very helpful.
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CANADIAN STUDY DISTORTS Rx-OPIOID-RELATED DEATHS

Repeated reports of increasing deaths associated with prescribed opioid analgesic should concern us all, but they may also portray a distorted picture of the scope and urgency of the problem. This is evident in a report on mortality trends in Canada, which serves as a lesson in why readers must be wary of how such data are presented in the literature and the press. Canadian investigators supported by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long…
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NEW TARGET FOR REDUCING NERVE PAIN IDENTIFIED

Hiroshima University researchers have identified a specific molecule that maintains pain after a nerve injury and have been able to block it in lab animals. This discovery may reveal a promising therapeutic strategy for treating neuropathic pain. Lab animals with an injury to their sciatic nerve showed less pain after multiple injections of a medication that blocks the activity of a molecule called high-mobility group box-1 (HMGB1). The team also discovered that a single dose of a substance to block…
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NEW MEDICINES FOR MOOD DISORDERS COULD ALSO RELIEVE CHRONIC PAIN

A new group of medications being developed to treat mood disorders could also relieve chronic pain a new study from University College London (UCL) reports. The research was funded by the Medical Research Council in the United Kingdom. This study, published in Science Translational Medicine, reveals how a protein that shapes the body's response to stress also drives chronic pain and so offers new targets for future pain treatments. The researchers studied genetically modified lab…
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