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FFPA Member-Contributor Red Lawhern joins the Board of Science and Policy Advisors at the American Council on Science and Health

The Facial Pain Advocacy Alliance is proud to count Red Lawhern among its member-contributors. Red’s public announcement: I am pleased to announce that I have just been confirmed to the Board of Science and Policy Advisors at the American Council on Science and Health. Although ACSH is not an advocacy organization, this platform offers anContinue reading FFPA Member-Contributor Red Lawhern joins the Board of Science and Policy Advisors at the American Council on Science and Health

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An Opportunity to Participate in Important Genetic Research

If you spend much time in the facial pain community online, you’ll probably notice the many references to facial pain within same families. You’re not alone in noticing that phenomenon. Scientists at Yale University have noticed it too, and they believe that there may be a genetic factor at work. Meet Kristopher Kahle, MD, PhDContinue reading An Opportunity to Participate in Important Genetic Research

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New Clinical Trial of a Device for Facial Pain: Hopeful News From the Business World

The medical appliance industry has long been source of potentially very lucrative investments. When a company first develops an innovation, taking a gamble on its viability and eventual sales can pay rich rewards. That is why financial news outlets often report on new medical appliances when those appliances reach the clinical trial phase, a big step towards entry intoContinue reading New Clinical Trial of a Device for Facial Pain: Hopeful News From the Business World

Breakthrough: 3D Printing Cranial Nerves

The emerging technology of 3D printing stands to greatly enhance a facial pain patient’s medical journey by improving accurate imaging of cranial nerves. Currently, a patient seeking surgical intervention for cranial nerve pain relies upon his neurosurgeon’s expertise in radiologically identifying nerve compressions. This is the foundation upon which he will base his decision as to whether orContinue reading Breakthrough: 3D Printing Cranial Nerves

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New Tech: Neurostimulation for Cluster Headaches

Those of you suffering with cluster headaches (CH) know that there are few satisfactory treatments. Currently, the mainstay of cluster headache treatment consists of inhaled oxygen and parenteral triptans, but the ATI Pulsante SPG Microstimulator may change that. Neurostimulation for CH? From their website: Autonomic Technologies, Inc. (ATI) has developed the Pulsante™ SPG Microstimulator System to provideContinue reading New Tech: Neurostimulation for Cluster Headaches

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Medical Marijuana and Chronic Facial Pain

Medical marijuana (MMJ) is a promising treatment for chronic facial pain, as demonstrated by several recent studies. Anecdotally, it has proven effective against nerve pain in individual case studies. For example: “…a patient with secondary progressive MS and severe lower limbs spasticity … was started on treatment with nabiximols. The patient also suffered from trigeminalContinue reading Medical Marijuana and Chronic Facial Pain