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UPDATE:The application deadline has been extended to Monday, July 2, 2012. Read more here.
2011 Mayday Fellow Places Op-ed in Tampa Bay Times
The Tampa Bay Times published an op-ed by Mayday Fellow David Craig that looked at the impact of pharmacies denying patients pain medications in response to the issue of "pill mills." Highlighting the case of CVS pharmacies in Florida refusing to fill prescriptions for pain medications from some doctors, Dave told the story of Jane, a cancer patient who struggled to find her medications.
2011 Mayday Fellow Places Guest Blog Post on The Hill's Congress BlogRead 2011 Fellow Bob Twillman's response to the recent release of a CDC report looking at the dramatic increase in the number of deaths connected to prescription pain medication on The Hill's website.
"In its report, CDC states that that 14,800 people died of overdoses in which prescription opioid pain medicines were present, an increase from about 4000 such cases in 1999. The CDC then argues that because this increase in deaths occurred while sales of these drugs increased, one caused the other. This is an easy conclusion to leap to – and one that the CDC has focused on in the past – but it doesn’t make that conclusion right. And what’s even more dangerous is proposing new policy based on unproven conclusions.
"This is not to say that there is no relationship - the report does not prove or disprove one - but it certainly means we must question their proposed solution. The CDC’s almost exclusive focus on reducing the number of prescriptions for these medicines overlooks the legitimate use of these medications. A recent Institute of Medicine report found that 116 million adults, roughly one in three people, live with chronic pain. This is pain that persists long after an injury that caused it has healed, or that is related to another chronic condition like arthritis. Some people I’ve treated face chronic pain that is so debilitating that they can no longer work. This unrelenting chronic pain robs people of their lives to a point where suicide can sometimes seem like the only way out..."
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2010 Mayday Fellow Speaks at Prestigious Ted Conference
Watch Dr. Elliot Krane's ('10-'11 Fellow) Ted Talk in which he explains how pain can become a disease, and not just a symptom.
You can read more about Elliot's Ted Talk in our newest success story.
December 13, 2010
During the 2010 Mayday Fellowship Workshop, New York Times personal health columnist Jane Brody joined the 2010-2011 Fellows to discuss her job as a journalist and how pain experts can effectively engage her in their work. With a track record of excellent coverage of pain mangement issues, Ms. Brody was able to offer both insight into the day-to-day of a journalist and explain the role an expert should play in journalism.
You can read a Q&A based on her presentation here.
2010 Mayday Fellow Published in The Boston Herald
Dr. Patricia Tabloski ('10-'11 Fellow), was just published in the Boston Herald.
"Let’s be honest. Discussing death or even thinking about death is difficult for most of us. But the recent death and farewell messages of Elizabeth Edwards remind us all in the middle of this holiday season that we are mortal and living out a limited number of precious days on this Earth.
"According to reports, her death was peaceful and pain-free. Her health care team informed her that further treatment for her cancer was unlikely to be successful.
"If only the circumstances of Elizabeth Edwards’ death could be the norm, but unfortunately this is not the case. While she died at home surrounded by her family and friends and without pain, thousands die alone and in pain. An Institute of Medicine report states that while improvements in the science of cancer care allow many people to live longer, the art of pain and symptom control has not kept pace, unfortunately resulting in a poor quality of life for many dying patients."
You can read her full opinion piece, "Death without distress," here.
September 1, 2010
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Listen to Mayday Fellow Dr. Paul Christo ('08-'09 Fellow) discuss chronic pain on Maryland Morning on WYPR, the Maryland NPR affiliate.
November 4, 2009
In 2009, the Mayday Fund created the Mayday Fund Special Committee on Pain and the Practice of Medicine. This 22-person Committee released A Call to Revolutionize Chronic Pain Care in America: An Opportunity in Health Care Reform, a report with 12 recommendations to improve the treatment of pain in the United States.
After several years of tireless advocacy, Georgia Brown (2005-06) was involved in a press conference with State Representative Jennifer Mann (D -132) and State Senator Pat Browne (R-16) to announce the introduction of the Pennsylvania Pain Task Force resolution. The task force will work to develop a statewide plan to promote public awareness and understanding of proper pain management and improve diagnosis and treatment of such pain. The full resolution is available here.
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