Cannabis Users Need More Anesthesia During Surgery and Opioids in Recovery

Not only might cannabis users need more anesthesia during surgery than non-users, they may have increased pain afterwards and use higher doses of opioids while in the hospital, suggests first-of-its kind research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting. Adding to the growing body of research that shows patientsRead …

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Veterans Study Shows Pre-surgical Acupuncture Results in Less Pain, Fewer Opioids

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Veterans who have acupuncture before surgery report less pain and need far fewer opioids to manage their discomfort, according to a randomized, controlled study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting. Veterans who received acupuncture also reported they were more satisfied with their pain control than those who didRead …

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U Vermont’s Multi-Stakeholder Integrative Pain Pilot: Initial Reflections on Outcomes & Transferability

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In recent weeks, two influential integrative health organizations each chose to feature presentations on the expansive, multidisciplinary, and remarkably patient-choice integrative pain pilot associated with the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMC). The presentations for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health and the Alliance to Advance Comprehensive IntegrativeRead …

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Veterans Administration Making Significant Progress in Non-Drug Treatments for Chronic Pain

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A new study based on Veterans Affairs health records finds that non-drug treatments for chronic pain given to military service members may reduce the risk of long-term adverse outcomes, such as alcohol and drug disorder and self-induced injuries, including suicide attempts. The findings were published in the Journal of GeneralRead …

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Is Prolotherapy Effective in the Treatment of Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head?

In this article by Ilker Solmaz, MD; Aydan Orscelik, MD; Özlem Karasimav, MD; Serkan Akpancar, MD from our partners at Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, a group of physicians report on a case study using prolotherapy on a 30-year old patient with complaints of pain and restricted motion of

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How the Backlash to Oregon’s Plan to Taper Opioids with Integrative Approaches Missed the Mark

When Oregon announced in 2016 that it would shift its back and neck care for Medicaid clients from opioids toward acupuncture, spinal manipulation, massage, yoga therapy and mind-body methods, it was heralded as a breakthrough for pain treatment nationally. Inside that policy was a mandate many now consider even biggerRead …

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Is Race a Factor in Patient-Practitioner Interactions and when Prescribing Pain Medications?

A 62-year-old with stage IV lung cancer that has spread to his bones, causing unspeakable pain, is trying to convince his physician to prescribe pain medicine. What happens next? It actually could depend on if the patient is black or white. Or if the physician is a primary care providerRead …

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Interview with Author Laurada Byers on The Value of Integrative Medicine for PTSD, Pain, Cancer and Parkinson’s

When I first read Wild Wisdom, A Warthog’s Tale, I mistakenly took it for a children’s book. Look beyond the enchanting art work and you will find it is nothing of the sort. It’s a very adult book that uncovers the private thoughts and public decisions that Laurada Byers madeRead …

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