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ASRA’s Chronic Pain Medicine Grant Will Evaluate Spinal Cord Stimulation in the Treatment of Cancer Pain

ASRA has awarded the 2018 Chronic Pain Medicine Research Grant to Eellan Sivanesan, MD, for a project looking at the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced painful neuropathy (CIPN). Sivanesan is an...
27-Nov-2018 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Pain Physicians are ill-equipped to manage LGBTQ Patients’ Pain Issues

Physician education and training about LGBTQ medical needs are much needed to improve their attitudes and skills in treating LGBTQ patients and increase patients’ satisfaction with their medical care.
12-Nov-2018 12:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Best of Meeting Abstract: Tobacco Linked to Cognitive Dysfunction in Patients With Fibromyalgia

Patients with fibromyalgia who use tobacco products are at greater risk for cognitive impairment and other symptoms that affect quality of life, according to the results of a study from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MI.
12-Nov-2018 12:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Best of Meeting Abstract: Opiate-Sparing Analgesia Combats Opioid Epidemic Without Affecting Pain Control

A minimal opiate supply, just a two-day course compared to a traditional two-week prescription, along with a scheduled-dose multimodal pain regimen after surgery limits the use of opiate medication by patients and, subsequently, opiate-related...
12-Nov-2018 12:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Best of Meeting Abstract: Study Finds Genetic Risk Score Correlates with Headache Prevalence and Severity

A higher polygenic risk score—a genetic analysis computed from a combination of several of a person’s genes—is associated with more frequent and severe headaches. The findings support the idea that a propensity for headaches has a genetic...
12-Nov-2018 12:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Best of Meeting Abstract: Treatment for Joint Pain Is Less Helpful for Pain but Effective for Anxiety and Sleep Disturbance

Patients with centralized pain (fibromyalgia-like phenotype) are less likely to respond to a type of facet joint pain treatment called radiofrequency ablation (RFA), according to the results of a study from researchers at the University of Michigan...
12-Nov-2018 12:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Best of Meeting Abstract: Adding Steroids to Local Anesthetics May Not Change Long Term Outcomes in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

Adding steroids to local anesthetic increases the success rate of short-term but not long-term relief of chronic non-cancer pain.
12-Nov-2018 12:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Dr. Charles Berde Is ASRA’s 2018 John Bonica Lecture Award Winner

Charles B. Berde, MD, PhD, of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School has been selected to receive ASRA’s 2018 John Bonica Award.
27-Aug-2018 12:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites


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The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is a professional member organization of more than 5,000 physicians and healthcare providers across the United States and the world. Founded in 1975, the mission of ASRA is to advance the science and practice of regional anesthesia and pain medicine to improve patient outcomes through research, education, and advocacy. ASRA is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, visit www.asra.com.

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