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Released: 28-Jun-2019 3:30 PM EDT
American Pain Society To Cease Operations
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Since 1977, the American Pain Society (APS) has served as a leading advocate for advancing pain research and multidisciplinary pain management. Its annual meetings and publications have provided many years of cutting-edge education for practitioners treating patients with chronic pain. Today, the organization announced it filed for Chapter 7 protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

5-Apr-2019 8:05 AM EDT
NIH Calling Pain Investigators to Join HEAL Initiative Research
American Pain Society

In April 2018, NIH launched the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to attack the national opioid public health crisis. Today, at the American Pain Society Scientific Meeting, a leading NIH official said the HEAL Initiative offers a tremendous opportunity to advance the science of pain and more effective, nonaddictive treatments. The HEAL Initiative will foster unprecedented collaboration among federal agencies, academic research institutes and the health care industry.

4-Apr-2019 8:05 AM EDT
Targeting Emotional Aspects of Pain Could Reduce Opioid Dependency
American Pain Society

Today at the American Pain Society Annual Meeting, a plenary session speaker asked: “What if it were possible to develop a pain medication that could curb the negative emotions experienced by patients with chronic pain without causing euphoria and downstream addiction?”

3-Apr-2019 8:05 AM EDT
Put the Brain and Body Back Together in Pain Research
American Pain Society

Advances in pain research are yielding new insights into mysteries lurking inside the brain and how brain mechanisms influence chronic pain. However, a senior official at the National Institutes of Health, speaking today at the American Pain Society Scientific Meeting, says let’s not forget how muscles and other tissues in the body can be successfully treated to help alleviate low-back pain and other chronic pain conditions.

Released: 25-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EDT
American Pain Society Scientific Conference, April 3-6, Milwaukee
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The 2019 American Pain Society Scientific Meeting will convene in Milwaukee, April 3-6, and the theme of the conference is "Combating the Opioid Epidemic Through Innovation in the Treatment of Pain.”

Released: 18-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
American Pain Society Scientific Meeting, April 3-6, Milwaukee
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Unique opportunity to cover the latest clinical and scientific discoveries concerned with solving the opioids epidemic and developing effective alternative therapies.

Released: 15-Feb-2019 9:40 AM EST
American Pain Society Scientific Meeting, April 3-6, Milwaukee
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Plenary sessions and panel symposia during the APS conference will dwell on new research to discover safer pain medications and on promising non-pharmaceutical interventions for chronic pain. Speakers will share emerging science and how it translates to clinical practice. Officials from the National Institutes of Health will provide updates on the NIH HEAL Initiative (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) and its potential to significantly advance pain science.

Released: 5-Sep-2018 11:05 AM EDT
Online Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Effective for Fibromyalgia
American Pain Society

Canadian researchers writing in The Journal of Pain reported that fibromyalgia (FM) patients participating in online acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and treatment as usual (TAU) showed significant improvement in primary disease outcomes, such as depression, pain, sleep and pain acceptance, compared with TAU alone.

Released: 5-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT
American Pain Society Encouraged by Pain Research Funding Progress
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It’s been more than two years since the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its National Pain Strategy, a comprehensive population health-level strategy for pain, and a year since announcing its Federal Pain Strategy, a long-term strategic plan for pain research. The American Pain Society said today it is pleased and encouraged by significant progress that is occurring as a result toward achieving the goal of increased funding of pain research grants for both basic scientific and clinical studies.

Released: 18-Jul-2018 8:05 AM EDT
American Pain Society Statement on Research, Funding and Opioids
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New and innovative pain treatments to replace opioids will not be discovered unless pain research funding becomes a priority on Capitol Hill. The APS Pain Research Agenda, published in the Journal of Pain in 2014, states “the most direct path to achieving dramatic advances in pain treatment is through substantially increased investment in pain research and education, which would enable the pursuit of an aggressive translational pain-research agenda.”

Released: 26-Jun-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Pain Rehab Programs without Opioids Proving Effective
American Pain Society

New research, published this month by the American Pain Society (APS), adds to burgeoning scientific evidence showing that interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation programs are an effective alternative to opioids for chronic pain management. Despite several studies documenting favorable outcomes, access to multi-modal pain management programs remains out of reach for most patients due to inadequate insurance coverage. This discourages providers from opening new interdisciplinary pain clinics.

Released: 26-Jun-2018 9:05 AM EDT
American Pain Society Selects Tonya Palermo, PhD Treasurer and Three New Directors
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The American Pain Society today announced its selections of clinical psychologist Tonya Palermo, Ph.D. as Treasurer and three new members of the Board of Directors: John Markman, M.D., Jamie Rhudy, Ph.D. and David Tauben, M.D.

Released: 4-Jun-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Improved Access to Alternative Care Is Best Option to Curb Opioid Misuse
American Pain Society

As Congress evaluates dozens of bills designed to control misuse of opioid analgesics, the American Pain Society (APS) said today that various proposals and actions to limit opioid prescribing and supply will have the opposite impact – many legitimate pain patients cut off from their medications and desperate for relief may turn to illicit drugs, often with tragic results.

Released: 23-May-2018 2:30 PM EDT
American Pain Society Endorses Compromise Marijuana Studies Act
American Pain Society

The American Pain Society (APS) today endorsed compromise legislation in the U.S. Senate amending provisions of the Marijuana Effective Studies Act of 2016, which removes excessive regulatory barriers inhibiting researchers from obtaining marijuana plants for studies to assess the drug’s medical effectiveness and safety.

Released: 23-May-2018 2:30 PM EDT
William Maixner, DDS, PhD Elected American Pain Society President
American Pain Society

Dentist and pain researcher William Maixner, DDS, PhD, now serves as president of the American Pain Society.

Released: 10-Apr-2018 3:30 PM EDT
American Pain Society Endorses NIH Initiative to Curb Opioid Addiction
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he American Pain Society (APS) today endorsed aggressive action by the National Institutes of Health to accelerate scientific solutions to help resolve the nation’s opioid crisis by doubling funding for research on opioid misuse and pain management.

6-Mar-2018 9:00 PM EST
Literacy Deficiencies Restrict Access to Cognitive-Behavioral Pain Therapy
American Pain Society

Although impressive scientific evidence shows that pain self-management programs based on cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) are effective, they would have greater utility and impact if simplified appropriately for persons with below average literacy skills and impaired cognitive function, according to a leading pain psychologist speaking at the American Pain Society Scientific Summit here.

6-Mar-2018 9:00 AM EST
Effective Pain Assessments Achieved by Targeting Multiple Pain Mechanisms
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Greater understanding of complex, underlying pain mechanisms, which are different in most pain patients, holds promise to improve the quality and precision of clinical pain assessments and help foster successful treatment outcomes. Roger B. Fillingim, Ph.D. professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, today addressed a plenary session at the American Pain Society Scientific Summit, www.americanpainsociety.org, focused on pain mechanisms, which he defined as processes or events that causally contribute to the pain experience.

5-Mar-2018 9:00 AM EST
Post-Surgery Pain Resolution Mechanisms Can Explain Healing Variability
American Pain Society

Chronic pain after surgery is a major health problem but little is known about individual pain experiences and how and why pain usually resolves. A leading pain researcher reported today at the American Pain Society Scientific Summit that recent studies yield clues about mechanisms believed to be responsible for pain resolution variability and how they might be manipulated to speed recovery and diminish likelihood for long-lasting severe pain.

5-Mar-2018 9:00 AM EST
Babies Feel Pain Even if They’re Not Crying
American Pain Society

Reliance on behavioral indicators, such as crying, to assess pain in infants underestimates how much pain babies actually feel when they undergo stressful medical procedures. This has long-term implications on brain development and impacts future adult pain sensitivity, according to a British neurobiologist speaking at the American Pain Society Scientific Summit today.

Released: 16-Feb-2018 1:05 PM EST
American Pain Society Scientific Summit, March 4-6, Anaheim
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Conference Exclusively Explores Pain Mechanisms

Released: 25-Jan-2018 12:05 PM EST
American Pain Society’s 2018 Annual Meeting Explores Pain Mechanisms
American Pain Society

The American Pain Society, www.americanpainsociety.org, has changed the format for its 2018 conference to a Scientific Summit titled “Understanding Pain Mechanisms.” The event is March 4-6 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The conference brings together leading pain researchers and clinicians to explore biopsychosocial mechanisms that influence pain perception and treatment response discovered through clinical, translational and basic science pain research.

24-Jan-2018 8:05 PM EST
Sleep Improves Pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Youth
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Sleep quality partially mediates the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and pain in children and adolescents, according to new research reported in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society.

Released: 23-Jan-2018 3:05 PM EST
Pain Care Outcomes Unaffected by Opioid Dose Reductions
American Pain Society

Several health organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, have recommended dose reduction and risk mitigation strategies to reduce adverse events for patients on chronic opioid therapy. A new study published in The Journal of Pain reports that patients with chronic pain treated in centers with opioid-dose reduction policies show no clinically meaningful differences in pain intensity, interference with daily activities, enjoyment of life, or depressive symptoms. The Journal of Pain is published by the American Pain Society, www.americanpainsociety.org.

Released: 14-Dec-2017 4:05 PM EST
American Pain Society Scientific Summit Explores Pain Mechanisms
American Pain Society

Understanding Pain Mechanisms is the theme of the American Pain Society’s Scientific Summit, www.americanpainsociety.org, March 4-6 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The conference brings together leading pain researchers and clinicians to explore biopsychosocial mechanisms that influence pain perception and treatment response discovered through clinical, translational and basic science pain research.

Released: 14-Dec-2017 3:30 PM EST
Study Explores Patient-Doctor Communication About Opioid Tapering
American Pain Society

Increased scrutiny of opioid prescribing for patients with chronic pain has led providers and healthcare organizations to consider opioid-dose reductions, known as tapering. Such actions can precipitate communication challenges for primary-care physicians. A new study, published in The Journal of Pain, examined patient-doctor conversations and explored best practices associated with opioid tapering. The Journal of Pain is the peer-review publication of the American Pain Society, www.americanpainsociety.org.

Released: 11-Oct-2017 8:05 AM EDT
Study Shows High Rate of Chronic Pain in Homeless Older Adults
American Pain Society

Almost half of older homeless adults are believed to suffer from longstanding chronic pain, mostly associated with post-traumatic stress syndrome, arthritis and physical abuse, according to research reported in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society, www.americanpainsociety.org.

Released: 4-Oct-2017 3:05 PM EDT
American Pain Society Selects Future Leaders in Pain Research Grant Recipients
American Pain Society

Furthering its mission to support and advance pain science, the American Pain Society (APS), www.americanpainsociety.org, today announced recipients of its annual Future Leaders in Pain Research grants program. Three APS awards of $25,000 are funded this year by the Mayday Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation.

Released: 18-Sep-2017 8:05 AM EDT
American Pain Society Supports Passage of Marijuana Effective Studies Act
American Pain Society

A bipartisan group of senators led by Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) has reintroduced the Marijuana Effective Studies Act of 2016 (MEDS Act), which will remove excessive regulatory barriers inhibiting researchers from obtaining marijuana plants to conduct studies assessing the drug’s medical effectiveness and safety. The American Pain Society (www.americanpainsociety.org) said today it strongly supports the legislation and a companion measure introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in July.

Released: 5-Sep-2017 11:05 AM EDT
Pain Severity Leading Predictor of Prolonged Opioid Use After Surgery
American Pain Society

New research reported in The Journal of Pain shows the strongest predictive factors for prolonged opioid use after a traumatic musculoskeletal injury and surgery are pain severity and a poor sense of control over pain.

Released: 11-Jul-2017 9:05 AM EDT
Study Shows Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Improves Functioning for People with Chronic Pain
American Pain Society

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most frequently used psychological intervention for people with chronic pain, and new approaches for improving CBT outcomes may be found in the psychological flexibility model and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), according to research reported in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society, www.americanpainsociety.org.

Released: 11-Jul-2017 9:05 AM EDT
American Pain Society’s 2018 Annual Meeting Features New, Single-Theme Format
American Pain Society

Switching from 36 years of tradition in hosting its annual scientific meeting, the American Pain Society has changed the format for its 2018 conference to a Scientific Summit titled “Understanding Pain Mechanisms.” The event is March 4-6 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

Released: 22-Jun-2017 10:05 AM EDT
Study Links Sleep Patterns with Pain Persistence After Pediatric Surgery
American Pain Society

About 20 percent of children develop persistent pain after surgery, and a new study published in The Journal of Pain showed that poorer night-time sleep quality was significantly associated with greater next-day pain intensity over four months after surgery.

15-May-2017 11:55 AM EDT
Wearable Devices Communicate Vital Brain Activity Information
American Pain Society

What can we learn about emotions, the brain and behavior from a wristband? Plenty, according to a prominent MIT engineer and researcher in her plenary session address at the American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, www.americanpainsociety.org.

15-May-2017 12:30 PM EDT
Practical Clinical Trials Can Help Find Alternatives to Opioids
American Pain Society

Pressures on primary care doctors to move away from opioid pain management are increasing, but practitioners need practical, evidence-based information on how to employ multidisciplinary pain care successfully in everyday clinical practice. A senior investigator for Kaiser Permanente, speaking at the American Pain Society Annual Scientific Conference, believes wider use of practical clinical trials and more emphasis on patient self-management are key solutions for achieving wider use of multidisciplinary pain care to improve patient function and help lower use and misuse of opioids.

15-May-2017 12:30 PM EDT
Better Self-Management Improving VA Outcomes for Chronic Pain Care
American Pain Society

Self-management programs are teaching veterans with chronic pain to become more active, manage symptoms, reduce stigma and frustration, and minimize depression and other mood disorders, according to a VA researcher speaking today at the American Pain Society Annual Scientific Conference, www.americanpainsociety.org.

Released: 18-May-2017 11:05 AM EDT
American Pain Society Presents 2017 Achievement Awards
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The American Pain Society (APS), www.americanpainsociety.org, today announced recipients of its prestigious achievement awards during the organization’s annual scientific meeting. APS recognizes excellence in pain management with awards for career achievement, pain scholarship, education and public service, advocacy on behalf of children, outstanding service to APS, early career achievements, and journalism.

15-May-2017 12:30 PM EDT
Holistic, Patient Centered Care Gaining Acceptance for Pain Management
American Pain Society

Treating the whole person and not just the pain has been a mantra of the American Pain Society (APS) for decades. In his keynote address at the organization’s annual scientific meeting, holistic medicine expert David Katz, MD, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University, called for clinicians to stop relying exclusively on pain medications and adopt patient-centered, holistic approaches for treating chronic pain patients.

18-May-2017 8:00 AM EDT
Post-Surgical Pain Management Can Influence Progression to Chronic Pain
American Pain Society

Surgery is the cause for chronic pain in nearly 1 in 4 individuals who endure persistent pain conditions. Understanding pre-operative and post-op factors that influence post-surgical pain management success may provide clues in preventing progression to chronic pain after surgery, according to research presented at the American Pain Society (APS) Annual Scientific Conference, www.americanpainsociety.org.

Released: 26-Apr-2017 10:05 AM EDT
American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Pittsburgh, May 17-20
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The American Pain Society (APS), www.americanpainsociety.org, will host its 36th Annual Scientific Meeting May 17-20 at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. APS is the leading multidisciplinary professional society in the United States dedicated to advancing pain-related research, education, treatment and team-oriented professional practice.

Released: 31-Mar-2017 3:05 PM EDT
American Pain Society Urges Congress to Oppose Steep Budget Cuts for National Institutes of Health
American Pain Society

The American Pain Society (APS), www.americanpainsociety.org, today condemned the Trump Administration’s proposed 19 percent cut in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and warned that such a draconian budget reduction would devastate biomedical research in the United States unless Congress acted to prevent it.

Released: 27-Mar-2017 5:05 PM EDT
American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Pittsburgh, May 17-20
American Pain Society

The American Pain Society (APS), www.americanpainsociety.org, will host its 36th Annual Scientific Meeting May 17-20 at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. APS is the leading multidisciplinary professional society in the United States dedicated to advancing pain-related research, education, treatment and team-oriented professional practice.

Released: 13-Oct-2016 12:05 PM EDT
Study Shows Tai Chi Can Help Relieve Chronic Neck Pain
American Pain Society

Tai Chi, a low-impact mind-body exercise, can be as effective as neck exercises in relieving persistent neck pain, according to results of randomized controlled trial reported in The Journal of Pain, the peer-reviewed publication of the American Pain Society, www.americanpainsociety.org.

Released: 10-Aug-2016 11:05 AM EDT
Brain Stimulation Technique Shown Effective in Phantom Limb Pain
American Pain Society

As many as 25,000 people a year worldwide lose limbs from land mine blasts, and a new study, published in The Journal of Pain, shows that transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) administered to the scalp can stimulate the brain and provide significant reductions in phantom limb pain.

Released: 28-Jul-2016 11:00 AM EDT
Study Shows Pain Often Improves in Older Veterans
American Pain Society

Older military veterans frequently show improvements in pain intensity over time. However, opioids, some mental health conditions and certain pain diagnoses are associated with lower likelihood of improvement, according to research reported in The Journal of Pain.

Released: 28-Jul-2016 11:00 AM EDT
Study Shows Distress Intolerance Associated with Opioid Misuse
American Pain Society

Inability to manage negative emotional and somatic stress is associated with opioid misuse in adults with chronic pain, according to new research reported in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society,

Released: 23-Jun-2016 1:05 PM EDT
American Pain Society Offers Guidance on Medical Marijuana for Pain
American Pain Society

Marijuana often is used to self treat chronic pain and, with 24 states legalizing medical use of the herb, the American Pain Society published guidance in The Journal of Pain for physicians caring for patients who use cannabis. The paper also identified opportunities for future research required to better understand the health effects of cannabinoids.

Released: 31-May-2016 11:05 AM EDT
American Pain Society Awarded Research Grant from Mayday Fund
American Pain Society

The American Pain Society, www.americanpainsopciety.org, announced today it will be awarded a two-year research grant of $100,000 from the Mayday Fund to support the organization’s Future Leaders in Pain Research Grant Program. The money will fund two $25,000 grants in 2016 and 2017 for basic science research.

Released: 14-May-2016 10:00 AM EDT
Psychological Flexibility Might Be the Key to Better Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
American Pain Society

Although numerous studies prove that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is effective in chronic pain treatment, psychologists acknowledge they need to learn which components of CBT provide the best outcomes for different people with pain, according to UK-based clinical psychologist Lance McCracken, Ph.D. speaking in a plenary session today at the American Pain Society Annual Scientific Conference, www.americanpainsociety.org.


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