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Chronic Pain Costs Americans $635 Billion

Chronic Pain Costs Americans $635 Billion

Chronic pain costs Americans up to $635 billion a year in additional health care coverage and lost productivity, according to a comprehensive new study. The economic burden of chronic pain in the U.S. now exceeds that of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Researchers at John Hopkins University analyzed data on over 20,000 adult patients in […]

Car Accident Injuries, Pain and Insurance

Car Accident  Injuries, Pain and Insurance

A life-threatening situation, such as a car accident or a very stressful situation, can lead to persistent pain. Severity of pain experience after an automobile accident may depend on your genes. Scientists from the University of North Carolina found that inherited genetic variations affected participants’ response to pain intensity, both immediately following the accident and […]

Doctors Often Biased Treating Pain of Disliked Patients

Doctors Often Biased Treating Pain of Disliked Patients

Doctors have been found to be biased while treating patients with chronic and severe pain.Findings of a recently concluded research study revealed that people tend to underestimate pain intensity and are less sympathetic to a patient’s pain when the patient is not well-liked. The study, published in the October 2011 issue of Pain, has alarming implications for patient […]

New Gene That Regulates Chronic Pain Discovered

New Gene That Regulates Chronic Pain Discovered

Scientists have discovered a gene that regulates chronic pain, a finding that could potentially boost the effectiveness of painkilling drugs, according to a new study in the journal Science. The gene is termed as HCN2 and it is is located at the pain-sensitive ends of nerves, Reuters reported. Apparently scientists had known about the existence of HCN2 before, but didn’t […]

Why Men and Women Experience Pain Differently

Why Men and Women Experience Pain Differently

Women and men experience pain, particularly chronic pain, very differently. The ability of some opioids to relieve pain also differs between women and men. While it has been recognized since the mid-nineties that some narcotic analgesics are more effective in women than men, the reason for this difference was largely unknown. Narcotic analgesics decrease pain […]

Overuse of Pain Relievers Could Be Hazardous

Overuse of Pain Relievers Could Be Hazardous

Aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are good at fighting fevers and relieving pain from arthritis, injuries and other causes. But many people who take the drugs are putting themselves at risk by taking too much or taking them too long or too often. In a 2005 study, one in four […]

Self Managed Chronic Pain Management Program

Self Managed Chronic Pain Management Program

The popular and much appreciated self management programs for chronic pain and disease will continue in Parksville and Qualicum Beach this fall. “Anyone with chronic pain or a chronic disease or who lives with someone who does would benefit,” said local facilitator Donna Frawley. She said people who take the workshop learn how to live […]

Vocabulary of Pain is Needed To Understand and Treat Pain

Vocabulary of Pain is Needed To Understand and Treat Pain

Patients with chronic pain struggle to express how they feel to the doctors and health-care providerswho are trying to understand and treat them. Now a University at Buffalo psychiatrist has suggested that in order to overcome the problem a vocabulary of pain is needed. Werner Ceusters, MD, professor of psychiatry in UB’s School of Medicine […]

US Need To Adopt An Integrated Approach To Pain Management

US Need To Adopt An Integrated Approach To Pain Management

Every year, at least 116 adult Americans experience chronic pain, a condition which costs the nation more than $635 billon annually, but much of this pain is preventable or could be better managed, says a new report. The US needs coordinated, national efforts by public and private organisations to create a “cultural transformation” in how […]

Pain Treatment,Management,& Prevention Requires Integrated Approach

Pain Treatment,Management,& Prevention Requires Integrated Approach

Every year, at least 116 million adult Americans experience chronic pain, a condition that costs the nation between $560 billion and $635 billion annually, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.  Much of this pain is preventable or could be better managed, added the committee that wrote the report. The committee called for […]