Virtual Reality for Pain Relief: Is It More Than Just Distraction?

Dr. Anita Gupta of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in New Jersey, has written in the journal Pain Medicine that “in addition to distraction, there are novel mechanisms for VR treatment in pain, such as producing neurophysiologic changes related to conditioning and exposure therapies.”

https://www.painweek.org/news_posts/virtual-reality-and-pain-response-in-patients-not-just-a-distraction.html

Multiple Federal Agencies Partner To Study Pain Relief

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are focusing on finding solutions to chronic pain in veterans. Twelve research projects will be funded, several of which have been awarded.

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/federal-agencies-partner-military-veteran-pain-management-research

Benefits and Harms of Plant-Based Cannabis for PTSD Reviewed

The Annals of Internal Medicine the benefits and harms of plant-based cannabis preparations in treating PTSD in adults.

O’Neil ME, Nugent SM, Morasco BJ, Freeman M, Low A, Kondo K, et al. Benefits and Harms of Plant-Based Cannabis for Posttraumatic Stress DisorderA Systematic Review. Ann Intern Med. [Epub ahead of print 15 August 2017] doi: 10.7326/M17-0477

http://annals.org/aim/article/2648596/benefits-harms-plant-based-cannabis-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-systematic-review