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Educational Brochures on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions

This brochure addresses what are Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions (COPCs), how COPCs are diagnosed, the complexity of the chronic pain experience, and how to work with your health care provider to develop a treatment plan. It is available by postal ma

Study Highlights TMD Evidence and Current Practice Gaps

The TMJ Association has long championed the need for strong evidence-based demonstrations of the safety and efficacy of TMD diagnostics and treatments. Sad to say, as the following journal article indicates, even among a network of research-oriented practices, dental providers are still resorting to such TMD treatments as occlusal adjustments in which teeth are irreversibly moved, ground down, or in other ways altered, a treatment for which there is no scientific evidence of efficacy.

Beware of Ticks and Lyme Disease

We are currently in the peak season for Lyme disease. Each year at this time we highlight this topic because we have heard from a number of patients over the years who were misdiagnosed and underwent unnecessary TMD treatments when they actually had Lyme

#*!"@!**! ... May Help Your Pain... and Improve Strength!

Our headline is adopting the comic strip convention of using symbols to denote swear words because we are intrigued by a report that swearing may have some health benefits.

Predictors of Opioid Efficacy for Chronic Pain Patients

Opioids are increasingly used for treatment of chronic pain. However, they are only effective in a subset of patients and have multiple side effects. Thus, studies using biomarkers for response are highly warranted.

TMJA's 8th Scientific Meeting

  • Mar 1, 2017

TMJA celebrated its 8th biennial scientific meeting this fall provocatively challenging
scientists to answer, "How Can Precision Medicine Be Applied to Temporomandibular
Disorders and its Comorbidities?" For three days scientists from fields outside TMD,
as well as some of the leaders you have read about in these News Bites, addressed
this question from multiple points of view. To set the stage, National Institutes of Health
(NIH) spokespersons explained exactly what precision medicine was all about. It is the
attempt to customize healthcare, with medical decisions, practices, and/or
products being tailored to the individual patient
.

To achieve that goal, a major new program, the U.S. Precision Medicine Initiative,
under NIH leadership, has been launched to amass health data on a huge sample of
volunteers. No less than one million Americans--male, female, old, young, sorted by
race, ethnicity, geographic locale and socioeconomic status--will be recruited to work
with scientists to provide genetic information, electronic health records, and a range of
physiological, lifestyle and environmental data. This will take time, obviously, but the
experts say it is an effort that is doable now because of the rapid advances in
technology that make genome sequencing cheap and fast, the adoption of electronic
health records, and new techniques for gathering personal data on an individual using
sensors and devices that could be built into a smart phone app.

That said, attendees at the TMJA meeting heard speakers describe research on many
fronts. Among them: ways in which TMD patients with overlapping pain conditions may
be sorted into subsets with common characteristics that permit more selective targets
for treatment, new ways of delivering and testing drugs, further fine-tuning of chronic
pain pathways, more on interactions between the nervous and immune systems, and
new ways of modelling disease using stem cells. A summary of the meeting and
recommendations for future research will appear in  an upcoming issue of TMJ Science.

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