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Meeting Highlights from American Pain Society 36th Annual Meeting

Meeting Information

May 17-20, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA

Approximately 1,500 pain researchers and clinicians gathered in Pittsburgh to share basic research, hear discussions on how to increase self-management among their patients, and get an update on the National Pain Strategy. Finding alternative to opioids was also a big topic of interest, including use of new treatment options.

Practical Pain Management spoke to a number of researchers and presenters during the meeting. The hightlights feature work done on the basic mechanism of diet (ketogenic diet) on inflammation and how to prevent or disrupt inflammatory processes. Research into migraines has found that migraineurs have elevated serum levels of prolactin, which causes hypersensitivity to pain in female, but not male, animals. And how "cheat" days can undo the anti-inflammatory good effects of a health diet during the week.

In addition, PPM spoke with keynote speaker David Katz, MD, about his talk "Lifestyle Medicine, Past the Holes in Holism." Dr. Katz emphasized the role of the three "Fs"—fork (what we eat), fingers (smoking), and feet (exercise)—in our overall health and wellbeing.  Melissa Santos, PhD, discusses the comorbidity of childhood obesity and chronic pain, and Linda Porter, PhD, gave us a update on the National Institutes of Health's National Pain Strategy. 


From this Meeting:

Study finds that "cheating" on the weekends can reverse any positive anti-inflammatory effect of eating a healthy diet. End result: cheating does not pay—at least not in a mouse model.
Animals fed a ketogenic diet never develop mechanical allodynia despite developing metobolic changes similar to those seen in animals fed a high-fat diet.
Researchers hypothesize that an interaction occurs between nerve endings releasing calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) in the dura and nearby blood vessels that synthesize prolactin that may explain sex difference among patients with migraine.
Pain models are often more subjective than objective. Researchers are now using persistent homology to automatically and blindly identify salient features of mouse behavioral data in the hopes of developing better models for pain management.
Video interviews with leaders in the field of pain management and research conducted at the American Pain Society annual meeting.
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