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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.

Cervical Muscle Tenderness in Temporomandibular Disorders and Its Associations with Diagnosis, Disease-Related Outcomes, and Comorbid Pain Conditions

To analyze cervical tenderness scores (CTS) in patients with various temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and in controls and to examine associations of CTS with demographic and clinical parameters.

You, Your Esophagus and TMD

The esophagus is a roughly ten-inch hollow tube that descends from your throat through the diaphragm into the stomach. Normally, it is a one-way street transporting food you swallow to the stomach for digestion. But in GERD— Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease— the flow can reverse so that stomach contents (including gastric acids) are regurgitated upwards to cause a burning sensation (heartburn), nausea, pain and other distressing symptoms.

It's Time to Be Part of the Solution

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Study on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) is well underway. We strongly encourage everyone affected by TMD to write to the NAM committee letting them know what it is like to live with TMD and your experiences with getting care.

National Academy of Medicine Holds Second TMD Meeting

  • Apr 25, 2019

We have reported prevsioulsy about the decision of the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to convene a committee of experts to examine all aspects of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Terrie Cowley, The TMJ Association (TMJA) President, spoke at the initial meeting open to the public, and she and others from the TMJA attended a second 2-day meeting, also open to the public, held on March 28-29, 2019, in Washington, DC. Stakeholders from the patient, caregiver, and research communities as well as representatives of federal agencies, insurers, and manufacturers were invited to provide their perspectives.  

The agenda was organized into five panels: TMD scope and definition; public health burden; basic and preclinical research; clinical and translational research; and care pathways. Each panel included testimony from a TMJ patient, as well as speakers addressing the panel theme, with a discussion period following the presentations. Each day concluded with a public comment period with attendees given 3-5 minutes to share their perspectives with the Committee.

For a you-are-there experience we invite you to view the online video recording of the meeting, along with the presenters' slides:

Importantly, if you were not able to participate in the public comment period, you are able to share your valuable perspectives on your TMJ experience with the Committee in writing to They are grateful for patient input to the study. The NAM committee will continue to meet throughout 2019. The committee's recommendations and the study findings will be summarized in a final report in the spring of 2020.

The third meeting of the NAM TMD Committee will be closed to the public and will convene on May 1-2, 2019. 

The TMJ Association by Terrie Cowley


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