Patient Psychology Called Key in Pain Management.

“Pain is fundamentally more than just biology,” says Beth Darnall of Stanford Pain is treated solely as a biomedical problem too often, a noted pain expert said here. “Pain is commonly thought of as being purely a sensory experience,” said Beth Darnall, Ph.D., of Stanford University School of Medicine, at an educational session at the […]

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What Can be Done About Rising ‘Deaths of Despair’?

“Deaths of despair” – lives lost to suicide, alcohol, or drug use – have risen in the U.S., and have contributed to the nation’s lower life expectancy, according to data discussed at a Wednesday briefing by the Alliance for Health Policy and the Commonwealth Fund. Life expectancy in the U.S. dipped in 2016 to 78.6 years […]

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Next steps on the depression-opioid problem.

Likely, the connection between depression and opioid use is so obvious that no one acts upon it or even talks about it. Yet, the consequences frequently are quite deadly. The issue: The failure to link depression treatment with opioid treatment. A major case in point: Of the 306 bills to address our national opioid crisis […]

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