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New Research and Treatment Options for Millions Suffering Headaches and Chronic Pain to be Presented at 10th Annual Headache and Pain Conference

Michigan Head-Pain & Neurological Institute and Chelsea Community Hospital lead 'who's who' of pain experts at May 30 conference at The Ritz-Carlton

in Dearborn, Mich.

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. According to the National Centers for Health Statistics, pain affects 76.2 million people. The latest research into creating more effective treatment outcomes for people suffering with pain focuses on gender differences, the detrimental impact of certain medications, and nerve and magnetic stimulation.

These areas are among the focus of presentations planned for the Michigan Head-Pain & Neurological Institute's (MHNI) 10th Annual Headache and Pain Conference. Leading experts from across the United States will join MHNI founder Joel R. Saper, M.D., to present their latest findings.

The Michigan Head-Pain & Neurological Institute and Chelsea Community Hospital are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their partnership by recruiting a "who's who" of headache and pain management experts for the conference. Presenters include researchers from the Mayo Clinic, University of Florida, The Center for Pain Management at the University of Pennsylvania, the John R. Graham Headache Center in Boston, as well as the Medical University of Ohio.

Information to be covered includes:

-- New brain science on how pain killers can cause more pain and more


-- The role of childhood stress and abuse and the subsequent development

of adult chronic pain;

-- The role of estrogen in making women more vulnerable than men to


-- Gender differences in the perception and experience of pain;

-- New treatment options for menstrual migraines;

-- Information that certain pain killers reduce male testosterone and

female ovarian hormones;

-- Current update on fibromyalgia, including discussion of medications in

research but not yet available;

-- Possible value of certain antibiotics in controlling headaches;

-- Potential new breakthrough therapies for headache and pain, including

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Subcutaneous Neurostimulation;

-- How even appropriate medications for headache can make headaches worse;

-- How certain pain killers, when given to younger patients, are more

likely to cause dependency and tolerance than when given to older


-- A focus on the parts of the brain that are involved in the development

of headaches and other aspects of chronic pain;

-- That the neck and the head are part of a neural circuit that creates a

dual influence on pain, as well as an opportunity for interruption of

pain-maintaining systems;

-- New brain research showing the brain's emotional center's influence on

the triggering of pain and how physical pain can influence the function

of the emotional center;

-- What is "brain fog," and how is it relevant to patients who suffer from


-- New drugs and medication combinations for pain and headache.

Dr. Saper said, "The information to be presented is authoritative and uniquely applicable to the current state of headache and pain management. Every day we learn more about this debilitating public health problem. The more data and treatment strategies we can provide to the public and to medical professionals, the better prepared they will be to address these major pain issues."

Pain is a serious issue in the United States:

-- More than one-quarter of adult Americans report a problem with pain

that persisted for more than 24 hours in duration.

-- More women than men reported that they were in pain.

-- 42% of adults report pain that lasted longer than one year.

-- About 1.2 million Michigan adults experience ongoing chronic pain.

-- According to the National Institutes of Health, the annual cost of

chronic pain in the United States, including healthcare expenses, lost

income, and lost productivity, is estimated to be $100 billion.

-- According to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 20 percent of

American adults (42 million people) report that pain or physical

discomfort disrupts their sleep a few nights a week or more.

-- Low back pain is the most common (27 percent), followed by severe

headache or migraine pain (15 percent), neck pain (15 percent) and

facial ache or pain (4 percent).

The 10th Annual Update in Headache and Pain Management conference will take place Friday, May 30 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton in Dearborn, Mich. The conference is for health professionals interested in pain and pain management. For registration, call (734) 677-6000, ext. 146 or visit

About MHNI

Michigan Head-Pain & Neurological Institute, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Noted neurologist and pain medicine specialist Dr. Joel R. Saper founded MHNI in 1978 to pioneer headache research and treatment. MHNI is considered one of the world's premier centers for head and neck pain management, providing comprehensive care to patients from around the world suffering from headache and related painful disorders. MHNI partners with Chelsea Community Hospital (CCH) where MHNI hospitalizes its most severely painful patients in its specialized headache unit. Dr. Saper and CCH developed the head pain treatment unit at CCH in 1978, forming the first hospital specialty program of its kind in the world.

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