Michael R. CLARK MD, MPH, MBA
A prominent psychiatrist and pain educator discusses the challenge of managing patients with chronic pain who also suffer with borderline personality disorder and depression, including the special difficulties associated with demanding, noncompliant, and high-utilizer patients. Dr. Clark is Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Director of the Adolf Meyer […]
John J. BURKE
Charles E. ARGOFF MD, CPE
Charles E. ARGOFF MD, CPE
- Significant Trial Results from the Annual ASTRO Conference in California
At the plenary session of ASTRO, the international annual Radiology Oncology Scientific Conference, in San Francisco, results from an Irish research project were hailed as significant. In short, the researchers found that a single large radiotherapy dose produced the same results as a longer course of treatment, were “immediately translatable” and “effectively changing overnight how cancer treatment is delivered in relation to spinal cord compression.” The results of this study are highly significant: cancer treatment will be less expensive—potentially reducing visits to the radiation machine by 80%—and more importantly easier on already weak patients. When advanced cancer spreads to the backbone, the standard of care is decompression surgery, if the patient isn’t too frail, plus 5-days of radiotherapy. This 9-year study “showed equivalent ability to alleviate the condition, preserving the patient’s ability to walk, postponing the onset of paralysis, and generally alleviating pain, suffering and incontinence.” To read the article, click here.
- FDA approves Movantik for opioid-induced constipation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Movantik (naloxegol), an oral treatment for opioid-induced constipation in adults with chronic non-cancer pain. Pain / Anesthetics News From Medical News Today
- ‘Just-In-Time’ management methods reduce patient wait times
Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a management process first popularized by Toyota in Japan can substantially reduce patient wait times and... Pain / Anesthetics News From Medical News Today
- Childbirth: how should women facing labor approach their birth plan?
Whether by natural, drug-assisted or surgical means, women have a lot of options when it comes to how they want to bring their baby into the world. We investigate these methods. Pain / Anesthetics News From Medical News Today
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Tufts Medical Center