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Study Clarifies Traumatic Brain Injuries and Headache Connections

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A recent study confirmed the link between traumatic brain injury and headaches or migraines.

The article published in the July 2016 Medical Surveillance Monthly Report also shows how the prevalence of headaches for service members with TBI increases with the severity of the injury.

“Compared to service members without TBI, those who sustained a mild TBI were 3.99 times more likely to have a headache or migraine, and those with a moderate/severe TBI were 8.89 times more likely.”[i] – Vincent P. Beswick-Escanlar, MD, MPH et al. (July 2016, MSMR)

Source: Medical Surveillance Monthly Report

Source: Medical Surveillance Monthly Report

This highlights the importance of finding sustainable treatment options for service members experiencing headache due to mild to moderate TBI. Another study also published this year provided evidence that acupuncture should be a standard form of treatment for chronic headaches due to TBI. Researchers discovered that both Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCA) and Auricular Acupuncture (AA) were more effective for reducing pain and improving headache-related quality of life than usual care without acupuncture.

Learn more about the Samueli institute study on acupuncture for headache here.


[i] Increasing Severity of Traumatic Brain Injury Is Associated with an Increased Risk of Subsequent Headache or Migraine: A Retrospective Cohort Study of U.S. Active Duty Service Members, 2006–2015

New Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis

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A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD

A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD

Each day more than 50 people in the U.S. die from prescription pain relievers. When you add the deaths related to heroin, that number jumps to 80 per day.[i]  Last week Congress passed legislation that hopes to reduce those figures. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), S. 524 was passed by the Senate in a nearly-unanimous (92-2) vote.  Having been previously passed by the House, it was recently signed by President Barack Obama.

Update: President Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 on July 22nd. Read the White House press release.

In these days of bipartisan politics, passage of the act shows the depth and breadth of the opioid crisis. No one is safe from the opioid epidemic as it crosses both racial and socio-economic lines.

What New Opioid Legislation Means for Pain Care and Integrative Medicine

According to the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is long overdue. But with it comes a solution that encompasses what CADCA refers to as the “six pillars.” Continue reading “New Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis” »

HOPE for Pain: From Treatment to Healing

Woman with Chronic Pain

A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD

A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD

The woman (we will call her Joan) was 45 years old, and she did everything she could for her health. She ate right, worked out, took vacations, worked hard, and had a great family. But 15 years ago she was in a motor vehicle accident and sustained whiplash on her right side.  Although there was no severe physical damage, she began to develop neck stiffness and pain down her shoulder that was intractable.  It was then that her 15-year journey of pain began. Continue reading “HOPE for Pain: From Treatment to Healing” »

A Response to the CDC Opioid Guidline: Implementing Integrative Therapies into Chronic Pain Care

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A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD President & CEO Samueli Institute

A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD President & CEO Samueli Institute

Opioids are commonly prescribed for pain. In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every adult in the United States to have a bottle of pills. But opioid pain medication use presents serious risks, including overdose and opioid use disorder. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people died from overdose related to opioid pain medication in the United States. Continue reading “A Response to the CDC Opioid Guidline: Implementing Integrative Therapies into Chronic Pain Care” »

Dr. Adam Perlman Aims to Improve the Business of Chronic Pain Care

Adam Perlman Speaks at CPBC 880_290 2016

Chronic pain management often excludes helpful integrative treatments like acupuncture, massage therapy, self-care and mind-body practices. Integrative care helps relieve the suffering of patients and by extension is good for business noted Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Duke Integrative Medicine. In the competitive industry of health care, integrative care can improve market share through quality of care and differentiation. It positively impacts the bottom line through improved patient satisfaction scores, HCAHPS, as well as decreased length of stay and readmission rates. Continue reading “Dr. Adam Perlman Aims to Improve the Business of Chronic Pain Care” »

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