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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.

National Academy of Medicine to Conduct a Study on Temporomandibular Disorders

  • Nov 21, 2018

We want you to be among the first to know that because of the advocacy efforts of The TMJ Association, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will conduct a first-ever study on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). The Academy is the nation's prestigious non-government organization whose elected members represent the most distinguished leaders in health and medicine in the country. NAM's mission is to improve health for all, accelerating health equity and providing independent, authoritative and trusted advice nationally and globally.  

Why is this important for TMJ Patients? First, that the NAM sees the need to undertake a study of TMD is itself significant. Second, NAM studies are highly valued. They enlist experts in collecting evidence-based data and analyses to generate comprehensive reports with policy advice and recommendations. The NAM report will provide decision makers with the information needed to change regulation or policy and to other influential groups who can change behavior--having a large impact on the health of the nation and the world.  

In the case of TMD they will explore all aspects of these conditions including how many people are affected and how they pay for care (What are current insurance practices? How much do patients pay out of pocket?) They will examine the safety and efficacy of current treatments, review promising research approaches as well as identify major gaps that need to be filled. Importantly, they will note, how health care professionals are educated about TMD, and even more importantly, examine the evidence-base for defining chronic TMD as a complex multi-system medical disorder that necessitates multidisciplinary research and interventions.

Your support is needed, now more than ever!  As exciting as this news is, we are currently experiencing a low point in our fundraising. We desperately need your financial support so that we can continue to address the goals of our mission - advocacy for patients' needs, education, and patient support. Please support The TMJ Association's work with a gift today. Every donation, no matter the size, is valued and appreciated. Together we are changing the face of TMJ!  

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