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Pain in the Gut

Drs. Young and Baumbauer take about pain genetics and the gastrointestinal system. Read the full article in UCONN Today!

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Young160331d019-1024x683Many healthcare practitioners are trained to regard pain as being important only as an indicator of how successful treatment is. If a patient’s cancer is in remission but they still have pain, well, that doesn’t fit into the paradigm. If the patient is fully recovered but has lifelong pain stemming from the surgery that cured them, well, some things can’t be helped. But nurses tend to approach pain differently. If it affects a patient’s quality of life, a nurse will want to alleviate it. Young is a pain geneticist, not a nurse, but her position in CAMP and the School of Nursing lets her work in collaboration with nurses all the time. It’s a good fit.

Understanding Pain, from Cells to Systems

Dr. Angela Starkweather talks about CAMP in UCONN Today !!

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Center for Advancement in Managing Pain

One hundred million of anything is a lot. And according to the National Institutes of Health (NIHStarkweather160301b022-1024x681), that’s approximately the number of people in the United States who suffer from chronic pain. Pain that is generally described as lasting longer than six months. Pain that can lead to all sorts of associated physical and mental symptoms affecting a person’s ability to enjoy anything resembling a normal life. Pain that just won’t go away.

In an age when advances in medicine seem to be announced almost daily, treatment of those with chronic pain appears to be as frustrating for those in the medical community as it is to those who suffer from it. Pain is complicated. Pain is stubborn. And pain often doesn’t play by the normal rules of medicine.

Under the guidance of Regina Cusson, dean of the School of Nursing, who is a long-time advocate of an integrated approach to pain prevention and management – and in collaboration with UConn Health and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center – UConn has established theCenter for Advancement in Managing Pain(CAMP), in an effort to increase understanding of chronic pain and provide a source of relief to those millions who suffer from it. The Center’s director is Angela Starkweather.