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Sign and Share the White House Petition - Urging Implementation of National Pain Strategy

Posted on 2016-07-21 14:58:52.0

The Chronic Pain Research Alliance is a member of the Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force (CPATF). The CPATF started a White House Petition to urge the implementation and funding of the National Pain Strategy (NPS). The NPS is a federal blueprint for a better future for people with chronic conditions to increase discovery research for new treatments, pain education, and insurance coverage and to recognize chronic pain as a disease. Currently, the NPS is housed at the Department of Health & Hu ...

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New NIH Funded Studies Focused on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions

Posted on 2016-05-05 19:28:57.0

The following two studies have received funding through the National Institutes of Health Program Announcements on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions.   Title: GCAMP6 MICE FOR DETERMINATION OF MECHANISMS OF CHRONIC MUSCLE ACHE, PAIN AND FATIGUE Project Leader: Dr. Alan R. Light, University of Utah DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): GCAMP6 mice for determination of mechanisms of chronic muscle ache, pain and fatigue. Muscle pain and muscle fatigue are symptoms in many chronic diseases ...

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National Pain Study Released

Posted on 2016-04-06 17:59:10.0

Terrie Cowley, the TMJA's President and Co-founder of the Chronic Pain Research Alliance, Christin Veasley, Director and Co-founder of the Chronic Pain Research Alliance, and Drs. Ronald Dubner, William Maixner, Sean Mackey, and Allan Basbaum Scientific Advisors to the CPRA's Scientific Advisory Board served on the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC). The IPRCC was directed to develop the National Pain Strategy report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servic ...

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Your URGENT Attention is Needed TODAY before 12 PM Eastern

Posted on 2016-03-10 15:54:29.0

Your urgent attention is needed on an amendment up for vote today by our U.S. Senators. The Amendment 3435 to the S. 524 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act will direct the National Institutes of Health to intensify its research efforts on chronic pain and develop safe and effective treatments for chronic pain. This is critically important and your action can help to ensure that this important directive gets included in this bill! Please take 2 minutes to Contact Senator Minority Leader Ha ...

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Painful Truth about Opiod Abuse

Posted on 2016-02-29 20:44:02.0

Currently, bills addressing opioid misuse, overdose and addiction are quickly moving through Congress. However, legislation proposed to date has failed to include a critical component - funding for vital pain research to elucidate the causes and mechanisms of chronic pain and to develop safe, effective, non-addictive therapies to replace the need for addictive medications in the treatment of chronic pain. We authored a blog post published in the Capitol Hill newspaper, The Hill, on February 23r ...

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Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee - December 2015 Webcast

Posted on 2015-12-17 18:39:15.0

The Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) is a Federal advisory committee created by the Department of Health and Human Services to enhance pain research efforts and promote collaboration across the government, with the ultimate goals of advancing the fundamental understanding of pain and improving pain-related treatment strategies. CPRA’s co-founder and director, Christin Veasley, has served on the IPRCC since its inception. She was asked by the IPRCC leadership to upd ...

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NIH takes action to bolster research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted on 2015-10-29 18:07:14.0

The National Institutes of Health is strengthening its efforts to advance research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), a disease for which an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment have remained elusive. The actions being taken include launching a research protocol at the NIH Clinical Center to intensely study individuals with ME/CFS and re-invigorating the efforts of the long-standing Trans-NIH ME/CFS Research Working Group with the National Institute of Neurolog ...

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Long-term opioid therapy relieves chronic pain in only 20 percent of women

Posted on 2015-10-21 17:51:47.0

The following article is by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News and was featured in EurekAlert!. New Rochelle, NY, October 8, 2015--Women, and especially younger women, are much less likely than men to have good relief of chronic, non-cancer pain with long-term opioid use, with only one in five women reporting low levels of pain and high levels of function with chronic opioid therapy in a new study published in Journal of Women's Health, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary An ...

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The Politics of Pain

Posted on 2015-10-21 17:42:42.0

Christin Veasley, Director of the Chronic Pain Research Alliance, was interviewed by Proto Magazine for the article entitled Politics of Pain which was published, October 2, 2015.  The following is an excerpt from this article. To read the full article, click here. ""We don't want this [National Pain Strategy] to be another federal report that gets published and shelved," says contributor Christin Veasley, co-founder of the Chronic Pain Research Alliance, ...

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NIH Study Finds More Than 1 in 10 American Adults Experience Chronic Pain

Posted on 2015-08-27 18:47:02.0

The Washington Post recently published an article discussing the NIH prevalence pain study findings.  It states "More than 25 million American adults -- about 11.2 percent -- reported having pain every day for the previous three months. Researchers said the same data suggests that more than 23 million Americans felt "a lot" of pain in the preceding months, and more than 126 million -- or more than half of all U.S. adults -- reported experiencing some sort of pain during ...

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NIH Holds Meetings on COPCs

Posted on 2015-07-23 14:45:32.0

With the goal of maximizing the federal research investment in COPCs, the NIH convenes the second federal meeting on COPCs, specifically to develop a NIH Common Data Elements program and federal data-sharing repository. This was called for in FY2015 U.S. Senate report language and included several CPRA Scientific Advisory Council members and CPRA co-founders. ...

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OPPERA I, Act II

Posted on 2015-07-23 14:44:14.0

The interview conducted by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) with Dr. William Maixner on the publication of results of the OPPERA study was very informative. We thought you would like to read it.   In December 2013, the Journal of Pain published a special issue that featured the latest findings from the NIDCR-supported clinical study Orofacial Pain: Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment (OPPERA). The latest OPPERA findings, folded into eight original a ...

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NIH Reseases Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions Report

Posted on 2015-07-23 14:42:32.0

In September 2014, a meeting sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium was held to: Identify resources needed to enhance integration of existing data and optimize collection of data in the future to best advance research on overlapping pain conditions. Develop tools, models, and approaches to integrate ongoing and future data collection, analysis, and sharing. Address confidentiality issues relevant to accessing shared data. Develop approaches to expand clinical resear ...

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 New CPRA White Paper Released

Posted on 2015-07-23 14:40:31.0

The Chronic Pain Research Alliance produced its second white paper, Impact of Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions on Public Health and the Urgent Need for Safe and Effective Treatment, to promote awareness and research of a cluster of prevalent pain conditions that frequently co-occur.  These conditions come at a high cost; misdiagnosis, lack of coordinated medical care, and sparse safe and effective treatments. This report, which can be viewed and downloaded, includes detailed policy recom ...

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