Medical Advancements Allow Physicians To Understand Patients’ Chronic Pain.

February 6, 2019

In a 2,500-word story, the Wall Street Journal (2/6, Landro, Subscription Publication) discusses the medical advancements that give physicians a greater understanding of their patients’ chronic pain, such as research developed at Stanford using brain scans to visualize painful and non-painful stimuli. The article says NIH’s budget for pain research doubled last year to about $1.1 billion. Linda Porter, director of the Office for Pain Policy at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of NIH, said, “There are appropriate uses for opioids for pain management, but the risks when they are used over the longer term have to be balanced with the benefits. We need to offer people with chronic pain something else, because they are desperate to get better and get back to their lives.”

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