for the update.we really do need to understand what causes all this pain in order to better treat it.I bet if one of these senator suffered they would be even more proactive! Nothing like first hand experience.
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From Karen Lee Richards on Chronic Pain Connection: This was an important hearing for those of us who live with chronic pain. Only 4 of the 22 senators on the committee attended but they seemed genuinely interested in what they, as lawmakers, could do to help improve chronic pain treatment. Four of the five witnesses emphasized the need for more research to increase understanding of the mechanisms of pain and to develop effective new treatment options. They pointed out the disparity in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for chronic pain. Although 37 percent of the population lives with some form of chronic pain and 14 percent of Medicare dollars are spent on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, only about 1 percent of the research funded by the NIH is related to chronic pain. More meetings will follow. These are the senators who did attend. Vermont – Senator Bernard Sanders Rhode Island – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse North Carolina – Senator Kay Hagan Iowa – Senator Tom Harkin* (Chairman)
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