: ' United States'

Medicare Drops TENS Coverage for Low Back Pain

A federal agency has issued a final ruling that Medicare will no longer cover transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for chronic low back pain. The ruling takes effect immediately. “TENS is not reasonable and necessary for [...]

American Pain Foundation Calls It Quits

The American Pain Foundation, a non-profit organization that came under fire for its ties to the pharmaceutical industry, has abruptly ceased operations. “With deep regret and heavy hearts, we sadly inform you that due to irreparable [...]

New Blue Cross Rules Limit Access to Painkillers

The largest health insurer in Massachusetts is adopting a new program that could significantly limit the amount of pain medication patients receive. The policy, unveiled this week by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, is one [...]

New Acupuncture Treatment Gives Longer Pain Relief

Researchers at the University of North Carolina have found a way to deliver long-lasting pain relief through a new therapeutic approach to acupuncture. The promising treatment, which they call PAPupuncture, gave several days of pain relief [...]

An Innocent Home from Abroad: Why Danes are Healthier

It’s funny to think that I’ve now spent almost as much time back in the United States as I did in Copenhagen, Denmark when I was studying abroad. And while I have enjoyed returning to a [...]

George Mitchell: Nuclear Iran Would Ignite Worldwide Arms Race

Few U.S. Senators in recent history have been as influential as former Sen. George Mitchell of Maine. After 14 years in the Senate, including several as Democratic Majority Leader, Mitchell “retired” in 1994 to a variety [...]

Fibromyalgia: Misunderstood and Often Misdiagnosed

Most Americans who suffer from the chronic pain of fibromyalgia delay seeking treatment because they’re worried they’ll be perceived as “faking” the disease or simply “complaining.” A survey by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) also found [...]

Favorite Places: Jerome, Arizona – A Quirky Mountain Town

I grew up in country-land Indiana, a place ridden with cornfields, horse manure and clip-clopping buggies that held up traffic on just about every single road in town. To make a long story short, after college [...]

Report Claims Drug Testing for Painkillers Motivated by Profit

Profits, not patient care, may be a driving force behind the soaring number of drug tests given to people with chronic pain, according to a pain sufferer and patient advocate. In an article published in the [...]

Future College Grads Worry About Finding Work

Graduation is still months away, but senior economics major Celina Adame is already worried about finding a job. “The type of work I want to do – the finance sector — isn’t doing so well,” she [...]