The FDA has announced a public hearing and has requested comments on the subject of the use of opioid drugs in the treatment of chronic pain.
The public hearing will be held on February 7 and 8, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bethesda, Maryland. There will be a live Web cast of the hearing. Information on how to view the live Web cast will be located at: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/NewsEvents/ucm326450.htm .
In addition to the public hearing, the FDA is requesting electronic or written comments on the subject. Comments will be accepted until April 8, 2013.
This is our chance to have our voices heard by the people who are making the decisions!
Some of the issues they will be considering include:
Should opioids only be prescribed for “severe” pain?
Should there be a maximum daily dose allowed for opioids?
Should there be a limit on the number of days or months a patient can be prescribed a particular opioid?
Should opioid dosage vary depending ...
Republished with approval from DiabetesMine.com .
Last summer I attended the American Association of Diabetes Educators ( AADE ) Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO. I went there, as usual, to learn as much about the diabetes community and industry as I possibly can. I also went there armed with a writing assignment for Diabetes Health magazine. I thought I'd compose an article on "Educating the Educators," all about how CDEs get trained to help us. So I started interviewing everyone who had anything to do with diabetes education, from every angle -- from AADE presidents to CDE trainees to family physicians to the head of the certification board to (of course) affected patients. What I discovered was a field facing a crisis .
See the resulting exposé finally posted over at Diabetes Health magazine as of late last week.
It's no secret that the American healthcare system is a mess. It's actually been referred to as "a hairball" that may take a decade or two ...
Scientists around the world are studying pain mechanisms of all kinds. In this article, the characteristics and causes of muscle pain are reviewed. Methods used to conduct experiments to better understand pain are explained. For example, muscle pain can be evoked by internal versus external sources. Ischemia (decreased blood flow) and exercise are two ways to induce muscle pain. Electrical stimulation and mechanical and chemical causes of muscle pain are also discussed. Exploring the causes and effects of muscle pain in an experimental fashion has shown researchers many new things. For example, muscle hyperactivity is not caused by muscle pain in the normal adult. But for someone with chronic musculoskeletal pain, increased electrical activity has been measured in the muscles. This occurs both at rest and after activity. Recent studies have shown us that muscle pain can alter motor control. Muscle pain can cause changes in muscle coordination and changes in motor strategies. The exact ...
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