CHRONIC PAIN: A CYCLE OF STRESS AND PAIN

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CHRONIC PAIN: A CYCLE OF STRESS AND PAIN

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Everyday stressors have more of an impact on the body than most of us realize. Once stressors are identified, the brain begins to put the body into a state of fight or flight, causing real, physical effects in the body.

Over time, the brain and central nervous system learn to continue to put the body into a painful state, which repeats the pain cycle.

The Curable team utilized their knowledge of modern neuroscience to visually depict the stress-related chronic pain cycle. Please note that modern neuroscientists are still working to understand all the details of this cycle, but we believe this visual will help you grasp the concept on a deeper level.

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Nice graphic from Curable

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https://storage.googleapis.com/curable-www/images/web/curable-poster-chronic-pain_a-cycle-of-stress-and-pain.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKm2fyU9vvsl__2CRAArv1w

https://www.instagram.com/curablehealth/

https://twitter.com/curablehealth?lang=en

CR Alternative health treatments that work

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CR Alternative health treatments that work

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Done anything alternative lately? If so, you have a lot of company. When we surveyed 45,601 Consumer Reports subscribers online, we found that three out of four were using some form of alternative therapy for their general health. More than 38 million adults make in excess of 300 million visits to acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and other complementary and alternative practitioners each year in the United States.

Despite the hoopla over alternative treatments, when we asked respondents how well the therapies they used worked for 12 common health problems, results showed that they were usually deemed far less helpful than prescription medicine for most of the conditions.

Even widely used dietary supplements ranked far below over-the-counter medications in many cases. But hands-on treatments such as chiropractic and deep-tissue massage, as well as the mind-body practice of yoga dominated the lists of helpful alternative treatments for discomfort from conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis.

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For 12 types of pain, only migraines had prescription meds as the most effective form of pain relief. Sad that I can’t find anything more recent. Makes me wonder about the investment in the science of alternatives to prescription pain relief. That said, definitely worth a read.

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https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/04/alternative-treatments/index.htm

Buzzy Drug-Free Pain Relief – MMJ Labs

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Buzzy Drug-Free Pain Relief, MMJ Labs

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MMJ Labs was established in 2006 by pediatric emergency physician and pain researcher Amy Baxter. Inspired by the need to control needle pain, Dr. Baxter set out to develop reusable, physiologic products for home and hospital. Initial R&D funded by the NIH launched the flagship product Buzzy®, a palm sized device combining cold and vibration. When placed “between the brain and the pain”, the competing stimuli can eliminate or inhibit pain.

Since the official product launch in 2009, Buzzy® has been used by over a quarter million patients. Buzzy is in over 5,000 hospitals and clinics, with 75,000 units sold. With multiple patents and FDA 510 clearances for controlling pain from IVs, blood draws and cosmetic injections, muscle injury and myofascial trigger point pain, the company has broadened the product line to include VibraCool Sport Therapy and DistrACTION®products.

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Looking for drug-free pain relief research and resources. This is the place.

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http://legacy.buzzyhelps.com/

https://www.facebook.com/buzzyhelps

https://www.twitter.com/buzzyhelps

https://www.twitter.com/buzzyhelps

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNTcB7DuduVfOFh-4gl6YLw

What’s the Problem with the Experience of People at the Center of Care?

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Health Hats: What’s the Problem with the Experience of People at the Center of Care?

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Wearing my many hats: e-patient, caregiver, nurse, informaticist, and leader, I am blessed with mostly positive experiences on my health journey.  At worst, my experiences are seriously annoying. This week, attending a benefit for MITSS (Medically Induced Trauma Support Services), I’m reminded that not everyone is so lucky. As I scan the industry several problems with the experience of the people at the center of care (patients, caregivers, clinicians, direct care and support staff) jump out

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https://www.health-hats.com/whats-the-problem-with-the-experience-of-people-at-the-center-of-care/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/healthhatsdannyvl/

https://twitter.com/HealthHats

https://www.youtube.com/user/dvanleeu

https://www.health-hats.com/

Increasing uptake of comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research

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Increasing uptake of comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research

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The goal of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) is to improve health outcomes by providing stakeholders with evidence directly relevant to decision making. In January 2017, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association Foundation, alongside the Academy for Managed Care Pharmacy, organized a conference aimed at engaging experts and opinion leaders representing clinicians, patients and payers to identify and discuss barriers and strategies to enhancing uptake and use of CER/PCOR. This report summarizes the conference discussion in the following sections: preconference survey; summary of barriers and strategies to the uptake of CER/PCOR identified by conference attendees; and future perspectives on the field.

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https://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/10.2217/cer-2017-0060

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

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Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

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PCORI was established to fund research that can help patients and those who care for them make better-informed decisions about the healthcare choices they face every day, guided by those who will use that information.

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One of  few truly learning organizations

Links:

https://www.pcori.org/

https://twitter.com/PCORI

https://www.linkedin.com/company/patient-centered-outcomes-research-institute-pcori-/

https://www.facebook.com/PCORInstitute

Alzheimer’s Reading Room

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Alzheimer's Reading Room

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‘The Alzheimer’s Reading Room is the number one source of high quality expert information for the entire Alzheimer’s and dementia communities. The goal of the Alzheimer’s Reading Room is to help everyone to better understand, cope, and communicate with a person living with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Reading Room Knowledge Base is searchable and contains more than 5,000 articles. These articles were written to answer questions, and provide solutions to the problems that caregivers face in Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

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Rob DeMarco’s constantly updated website provides an easily searchable repository of resources about Alzheimers and dementia. Articles are vetted and usable. I’ve never seen better. Wish I had moire time to browse.

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https://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/