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New Report on Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care

Over a year and half ago, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) began the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). The study assessed the current state of TMD research, education and training, the safety and efficacy of clinical treatments, and associated burden and costs.

Statement by NIDCR Acting Director on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report on Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

I am pleased to announce the release of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report, Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care. As underscored by the comprehensive report, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJDs) are a diverse and still poorly understood set of complex, painful conditions affecting the jaw muscles and tissues, temporomandibular joints, and associated nerves. Clearly, there is much more to be understood, and these conditions continue to confound medical and dental health care providers and researchers.

Have you seen the film Dark Waters?

The Film. Dark Waters is about attorney Robert Billott's real-life 20 year legal battle against DuPont chemical for releasing toxic waste - perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA - into Parkersburg, West Virginia's water supply, with devastating health effects on the townspeople and livestock. PFOA, also known as C8, is a man-made chemical. It is used in the process of making Teflon and similar chemicals known as fluorotelomers.

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project The TMJ Association received the following request from Professor Justin Durham and his research team at Newcastle University. We encourage TMJ patients to participate in this project as it is an under researched

Drug Induced Bruxism

The authors of this article state that orofacial movement disorders (bruxism) are treated typically by dental professionals and not by those specialists (neurologists) researching and treating the other movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, tremors, etc.). Again, this is more evidence of the complexity of TMD and the need for multidisciplinary research and treatment in TMD.

Chronic Pain Research Alliance Praises Scheduling of Historic Senate Hearing

  • Jan 27, 2017

HELP Committee to Examine Ways to Tackle Epidemic of Chronic Pain, Builds on Landmark 2011 Institute of Medicine Study

(Washington, D.C. February 2, 2012)  The Chronic Pain Research Alliance (CPRA) today hailed the U.S. Senate’s announcement that on February 14, 2012, it will hold a hearing to examine the issue of chronic pain, a growing public health epidemic that affects 116 million Americans at an annual cost of $635 billion in lost productivity and health care expenditures. Much of this cost is born by taxpayers, accounting for 14 percent of all Medicare spending and $99 billion in federal and state government costs.      

“This is an important step in addressing this staggering problem that imposes enormous and potentially avoidable costs on our nation.  Pain is a major driver of rising health care costs and there are some basic steps that can be taken to reduce costs and improve care,” said CPRA leaders. “We represent millions who are debilitated by chronic pain, and appreciate that the Senate Committee on Education, Health, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will hear our concerns and examine methods of implementing long-overdue changes in pain research, treatment, education and patient care. We extend our gratitude to HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY) for calling this important hearing.”
The hearing, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. EST and will be simulcast at, is expected to review the findings and recommendations of, as well as actions taken by the federal government in response to, the landmark 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research. This report, undertaken as a direct result of a bipartisan amendment approved by the HELP Committee, concluded that “there is a crisis in the impact of and response to pain in America… [and that] we have a moral imperative to address this crisis.” It includes a blueprint for implementing the committee’s recommendations, assigning tasks to federal agencies, private and public institutions, as well as patient advocacy and medical professional organizations.

In 2010, the Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women, led by the CPRA, released a groundbreaking white paper that documented, for the first time, the human and financial toll, as well as the neglect, dismissal and discrimination that women with chronic pain experience. “The IOM highlighted this disparity in its report and we are hopeful that the HELP Committee will do the same in the upcoming hearing,” says CPRA leaders. “Equity demands no less.”

For more information, please visit To read the Campaign’s white paper, visit:

About the Chronic Pain Research Alliance and Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women: The Chronic Pain Research Alliance (CPRA), a collaborative effort led by the CFIDS Association of America, Endometriosis Association, National Vulvodynia Association and The TMJ Association, is dedicated to alleviating the significant human suffering caused by prevalent, neglected and poorly understood chronic pain conditions that frequently co-occur and disproportionately affect women, by advocating for, and supporting innovative collaborative scientific research on these disorders. These conditions, which affect at least 50 million American women at an annual cost of $80 billion, include vulvodynia, temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic headache and chronic fatigue syndrome. The CPRA also leads the Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women, an advocacy campaign fighting to end discrimination and improve care for women suffering from these chronic pain conditions. For additional information, please visit and

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