Recent Highlights

***The International Association for the Study of Pain, RELIEF’s publisher, has just released a position statement on the use of cannabinoids to treat pain (a non-technical version of the position statement is available here).***

The position statement, along with a number of related articles in a special section of the IASP journal PAIN that examines the evidence from animal and human studies on cannabinoids and pain relief, is the output of the IASP Presidential Task Force on Cannabis and Cannabinoid Analgesia. The position statement and related articles are freely available to all.

Positive Therapeutic Suggestions During General Anesthesia Reduce Pain and Opioid Use after Surgery
A recent clinical trial shows the benefits of positive suggestions for surgical patients

Children’s Pain: Making It Matter, Understood, Visible, and Better
In this podcast, authors of a recent Lancet Commission discuss the problem of pediatric pain and the way forward to improve the lives of children and adolescents with pain.

The Global Burden of Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Data Visualization
Conditions like low back pain and arthritis are among the most common conditions throughout the entire world and are making major contributions to years lived with disability.

High-Impact Chronic Pain: A Data Visualization
Fifty million of US adults have chronic pain and 20 million of US adults have high-impact chronic pain (HICP). Age, sex, education level, employment status, and poverty status are major contributors to HICP