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The science behind mindfulness meditation

Pain travels along two pathways simultaneously. One pathway delivers information to the brain reporting a physical sensation while another sends signals to the amygdala and the anterior cingulate cortex, which are the areas of the brain that process emotion. This emotional component to pain is an expanding area of research in mind/body medicine. Researchers are […]

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Research: Tylenol Shows Emotional Pain Is Real

New research is taking a closer look at the drugs targeted at physical pain and how they might affect other aspects of behavior and emotional experience. One study in 2010 found that acetaminophen,the active ingredient in Tylenol, reduces behavioral and neural responses associated with the pain of social rejection. The study feels that because the drug can […]

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Medical Marijuana Lowers Incidence of #Opioid Related Death

Marie J. Hayed, PhD, and Mark S. Brown, MD have published an article in JAMA Internal Medicine that notes as Medical Marijuana prescriptions increase in a given community, so too do opioid-related deaths decrease. (Opioids are pain killers such as Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet and Dilauded). From the UofC, Berkeley Wellness Letter, Feb 2015: …the 13 […]

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Apollo Applied Research #MedicalMarijuana Presentation For #ChronicPain

Apollo Applied Medical Marijuana Research is at Allevio Pain Management this evening discussing their Medical Cannabis research project for patients with Chronic Pain. This is a small CME event that was geared to our specialists, but was also attended by some primary care practitioners and Anesthesiologists working with three UHN / University of Toronto affiliated […]

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The UK #NHS List of Osteopathy Clinical Trials

For our UK readers, this is a list of active and past clinical trials of Osteopathy for different health conditions, including but not limited to low back pain, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, TMJ and migraine headaches.  This list is powered by the NHS (National Health System) and WHO (World Health Organization) International Clinical Trials […]

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What is Plantar Fasciitis and why do I have it?

Plantar Fasciitis – Diagnosis and treatment Allevio Pain Management sees a number of people with a common condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis has garnered quite a few nicknames (Basketball Heel, Runner’s Heel and Jogger’s Heel to name a few) and is presently becoming better known through its most famous patient: basketball-loving President of the United States, Pres. Barak Obama. But […]

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Pressure mounts as U.S. urges Canada to tighten rules on prescription painkillers

There has been increasing pressure on Canada from the U.S. to align their rules on prescription narcotics to help alleviate the abuse and the eventual trickle effect of contraband drugs making their way across the border. Health Canada recently released a notice of intent to change parameters for not only the highly addictive OxyContin but […]

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Opioid Painkiller Deaths Rising In Ontario

A new study revealing a major increase in deaths caused by the abuse of opioids and prescription narcotics, has been published in the Addiction journal and is also available online through the ICES Website. The researchers reviewed 5935 opioid-related deaths in Ontario between 1991 and 2010. The overall rate of opioid-related mortality increased by 242% between 1991 (12.2 […]

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News: Toronto Western Physician Dr. Mohammed Shamji “Tingles The Pain Away”

This press release (excerpts are below with a bit of editing for clarity) came through the University Health Network’s (UHN) website today.  It’s very exciting to see a technology help a patient who had very severe neuropathic chronic pain. The findings and the technology are very exciting and show a lot of potential for many […]

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Long Term #Opioid Use Tied To #ED and Low Testosterone In Men

A new study recently led by Dr. Richard Deyo of the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and published in the May 15, 2013 edition of Spine, set out to examine associations between use of medication for erectile dysfunction or testosterone replacement and use of opioid therapy, patient age, depression, and smoking status. The study concluded […]

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