Archive for April, 2010

Pain Relievers and Hearing Loss in Men

by Nancy Mitchell, MS-PREP/NESA student
According to an American Journal of Medicine study, regular use of over the counter (OTC) pain relievers may contribute to hearing loss in men. In the prospective study, which included 27,000 men surveyed every two years between 1986 to 2004 approximately 25% of the men said they had been diagnosed with hearing loss. Individuals who used OTC pain relievers at least twice a week were more likely than non-users to be diagnosed. Previous nonhuman research has found some substances in pain-relievers can decrease blood flow to the cochlea, the part of the inner ear that converts waves sound into brain signals.
Click here to read an abstract of the study.

Add comment April 14th, 2010

International Job Opportunity in Pain Research

by Pamela Katz Ressler, RN, BSN, HN-BC, MS-PREP student, PREP-AIRED blog moderator
MS-PREP alumna, Anne Colyn, sent along the following job posting for a Pain Research Co-ordinator in the United Kingdom. It sounds very applicable and may be of interest to MS-PREP graduates. The job is located at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom and has an application deadline of April 9, 2010, so don’t delay in checking it out! Click on the link below for more information:

Add comment April 5th, 2010

Effective Management of Chronic Pain and Addiction in Primary Care

By Richard Glickman-Simon, MD, Director, Programs in Pain Research, Educatin and Policy, Tufts University School of Medicine
Upcoming conference of interest: Effective Management of Chronic Pain and Addiction in Primary Care
Saturday May 8th, 2010, 9-4pm, Tufts University School of Medicine,
Sackler Building, 145 Harrison Ave. Boston

NO FEE TO ATTEND: sponsored by Greater Lawrence Family Health Center,
Tufts Family Medicine, Mass. League of Community Health Centers,
MassAHEC, and UMASS Medical School
Register Online
Featuring practical interactive workshops on drug testing, patient
contracts and chronic pain, addiction treatment, and suboxone. SAM from
the ABFM on chronic pain (for family medicine recertification) offered
Fantastic speakers include Dr. Dan Alford (Medical Director,
Office-Based Opioid Treatment Program at BMC), Dr. Luis Sanchez
(Director of Physician Health Services/MMS), Dr. Alan Wartenberg
(Associate Medical Director of the DVA Providence Medical Center Opioid
Treatment Program), and Dr. Jeff Baxter (mentors providers on
addiction/pain treatment through the Physician Clinical Support System,
No fee to attend (breakfast, lunch and snacks included). Receive up to
4.5 hours in Category I credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition

1 comment April 1st, 2010

PREP Program International Networking

by Pamela Katz Ressler, RN, BSN, HN-BC, MS-PREP student and PREP-AIRED blog moderator
One of the aspects of the Pain Research Education and Policy program at Tufts University Medical School that I find so enriching is the diversity of the students, faculty and alumni. The interdisciplinary nature of the program, as well as the international mix of the students helps to create a global community of pain management experts and an ever expanding network of colleagues. I was able to use my Tufts PREP program connections recently by networking with MS-PREP alum Anne Colyn in Luxembourg where she is now living. We had an interesting discussion of the role of integrative modalities of pain management in Europe.

Add comment April 1st, 2010


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