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September is Pain Awareness Month!

September 11 , 2019
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The World Health Assembly (WHA) – a subsection of the World Health Organization (WHO) – has declared September Pain Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising public awareness and understanding of pain. Many organisations around the world contribute, including the U.S. Pain Foundation, the International Pain ...

IASP Global Year against Pain in the Most Vulnerable

September 11 , 2019
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The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has made 2019 their ‘Global Year against Pain in the Most Vulnerable’. The groups included in IASP’s Global Year against Pain in the Most Vulnerable are: older persons (including pain in dementia), infants and young children, individuals with ...

Pain Matters is now available on your computer, tablet or phone

September 10 , 2019
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Buy or Subscribe here We are delighted to announce the return of our digital version of Pain Matters. Pain Matters, the magazine for people living with chronic pain, is now available digitally! You can order the latest edition and all previous edition back to issue 48 now. Subscribe quarterly ...

Mindfulness and Chronic Pain

February 17 , 2020
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In issue 73 of Pain Matters, we published an article about the Matrix programme, developed by the Pain Management Centre at University College London Hospitals to help introduce mindfulness into their neuropathic pain treatment. You can read all about the programme here: thriveglobal.com/stories/how-a-mindfulness-based-approach-is-helping-people-manage-chronic-pain/ Or, to read the original article in our Pain ...

New Airing Pain — Available Tuesday 1 September

August 20 , 2020
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 According to the most recent Scottish Diabetes Survey in 2018, there are an estimated 304,000 people living with a diagnosis of diabetes in Scotland, around 5% of the population. A long-term effect of diabetes can be the development of diabetic neuropathy. This edition of Airing Pain focuses ...

September is Pain Awareness Month!

September 15 , 2021
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The theme for Pain Awareness Month 2021 is #PAINCOUNTS The World Health Assembly (WHA) – a subsection of the World Health Organization (WHO) – has declared September Pain Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising public awareness and understanding of pain. Many organisations around the world contribute, ...

Reclassification of Pregabalin and Gabapentin

March 18 , 2019
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As mentioned in the Latest News post of 17th October 2018 - and also featured in the forthcoming issue, issue 71, of Pain Matters - as of 1st April 2019, prescription drugs Pregabalin and Gabapentin are to be reclassified as Class C controlled substances. NHS England has just published updated ...

Opioid Epidemic

February 26 , 2019
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A recent article on the academic and current affairs website, The Conversation, by Professor Blair Smith from the University of Dundee, regarding his team’s study on the global increase in opioid use, has sparked debate over the overprescription of opioids in the UK. Professor Smith has found ...

New study — Cannabinoids and chronic non-cancer pain conditions

November 05 , 2018
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Cannabis and Chronic Pain The journal Pain recently published an important study on the use of cannabis, and medicines based on cannabis (cannabinoids), for chronic pain conditions (chronic pain in cancer patients was specifically excluded). Researchers were from institutes in Sydney, Brisbane and London specialising in substance abuse ...

Government announcement: Pregabalin and gabapentin to be controlled as class C drugs

October 17 , 2018
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Full text: "Prescription drugs pregabalin and gabapentin are to be reclassified as class C controlled substances from next April, the government announced today (15 October). Today’s move comes after experts highlighted rising numbers of fatalities linked to the drugs. The change means it will be illegal to possess pregabalin ...
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