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December 2013

 

 

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A Qualitative Analysis of Osteoarthritis Pain

The authors of a recent study published in PLoS One evaluated patients' descriptions of their pain to identify and understand their perception of osteoarthritis (OA) pain and to categorize pain dimensions. The authors conducted "two focus groups with a sample of 14 participants with either recent or chronic OA at one or multiple sites." The focus groups "were semi-structured and used open-ended questions addressing personal experiences to explore the experiences of patients with OA pain and the meanings they attributed to these pains." The authors found seven dimensions of OA pain that emerged from the interviews: pain sensory description, OA-related symptoms, pain variability profile, pain-triggering factors, pain and physical activity, mood and image, and general physical symptoms.


Exercise Program for Older Adults
A recent exercise initiative developed at the Hospital of Special Surgery(HSS) and implemented in senior centers in New York City's Chinatown and Flushing, Queens communities, has helped decrease pain, improve mobility and enhance the overall health of many participants. According to Sandra Goldsmith, MA, MS, RD, Director of Public and Patient Education, "the
 initiative plays an important role in enabling the hospital to meet the musculoskeletal health needs of Asian older adults living in New York City."  
 

Finding Effective Solutions for Managing Pain 
A recent New York Presbyterian Newsletter shined a spotlight on the severity of pain in our older adult population and highlighted the work of TRIPLL. TRIPLL Director, Cary Reid, MD, PhD and TRIPLL Pilot recipient Tien Dam, MD, were both featured in the piece.

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Pain Prevalence among Older Adults in the United States

A recent study published in Pain "sought to determine the prevalence and impact of pain in a nationally representative sample of older adults in the United States." The authors analyzed data collected from the 2011 National Health and Aging Trends Study, in which 7601 in person interviews were conducted with older adults age 65 and older. The study results indicate that "pain did not vary across age groups, and this pattern remained unchanged when accounting for cognitive performance, dementia, proxy responses, and residential care living status." The authors conclude that "the majority of older adults with pain endorsed multiple sites of pain," and that, "bothersome pain in the last month was reported by half of the older adult population of the United States in 2011."

 

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Pain Assessment Checklist for Seniors

The authors of a recent study published in Clinical Journal of Pain attempted to "develop and validate the Pain Assessment Checklist for Seniors with Limited Ability to Communicate (PACSLAC-II) while addressing limitations of the original version." The authors revised the original PACSLAC based on relevant clinical and theoretical literature and reviewed data to assess their ability to use the checklist to discriminate pain from non-pain related states in comparison to other pre-existing pain assessment tools. The results "indicate that the empirical and theoretically-driven revisions to the PACSLAC led to improved ability to differentiate between pain and non-pain states."

 

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The Effects of Age and Race on Pain Sensitivity

A recent study published in the Journal of Pain "tested the effects of aging and race on responses to pain stimuli using a wide range of stimulus modalities." The study enrolled 53 non-Hispanic Blacks and 138 non-Hispanic White adults (ages 45 to 76) whose responses to thermal, mechanical, and cold stimuli were assessed during a single 3-hour sensory testing session." The results indicate that the older group was less sensitive to warm and painful heat stimuli to the knee than middle-aged participants, which supports the "hypothesis that the greatest decrease in pain sensitivity associated with aging occurs in the lower extremities." The authors conclude that "differences in pain sensitivity may increase with age in non-Hispanic Blacks for temporal summation and both heat and cold immersion tolerance."

 

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 Upcoming Events

The following list includes upcoming seminars, meetings, and conferences that  focus on aging, pain, or general research methods

TRIPLL's December Work-in-Progress Seminar 

TRIPLL will host a Work in Progress (WIP) seminar on December 18, 2013. Contact Marcus Warmington at maw2054@med.cornell.edu 

 if you have any questions or would like to participate.   
 
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TRIPLL's January 2014 Webinar 

Joseph Shega, MD; Director of HPM Research, University of Chicago Medical Center, will make a presentation titled "Improvements in Pain Management through Appreciation of Nocioceptive Pathways & Analgesic Mechanism of Action." on January 27 from 3-4pm.

 

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Exercise Program for Older Adults at HSS

Hospital for Special Surgery's "Let's Get Moving!" class for older adults utilizes the movements of yoga and stretching in addition to breathing awareness and meditation to help ease stiffness, aches and pains.  

 

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The Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers

The Faculty Development Collaborative Program in Geriatrics

is a training program designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of health professions faculty in inter-professional teaching, leadership, project development and program implementation in geriatrics. This course will prepare health professions faculty from multiple disciplines to utilize contemporary evidence-based educational strategies, inter-professional team approaches, and innovative evaluation processes in teaching collaborative patient- centered care.

    

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Funding Opportunities

 

Recent Pain and Aging Related Funding

 

Arthritis and Aging Research Grant

Funder: American Federation for Aging Research 

Funding Amount: $100,000 

Due Date: January 15, 2014 

Overview: In a collaborative effort, the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) and the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) are seeking grant applications that focus on studying the underlying mechanisms of the aging process as it relates to arthritis. 

  

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AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty

Funder: American Federation for Aging Research 

Funding Amount: $100,000 

Due Date: December 16, 2013 

Overview: "AFAR provides  a one- to two-year award to junior faculty (M.D.s and Ph.D.s) to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts. AFAR-supported investigators study a broad range of biomedical and clinical topics including the causes of cellular senescence, the role of estrogen in the development of osteoporosis, the genetic factors associated with Alzheimer's disease, the effects of nutrition and exercise on the aging process, and much more."   

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Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award

Funder: American Federation for Aging Research 

Funding Amount: $200,000 

Due Date: December 16, 2013 

Overview: Sponsored by The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, in collaboration with the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), the "Breakthroughs in Gerontology" (BIG) initiative provides timely support to a small number of pilot research programs that may be of relatively high risk but which offer significant promise of yielding transforming discoveries in the fundamental biology of aging. 

 

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Pain and Aging (R21)

Funder: National Institute of Health (NIH)

Funding Amount: $250,000

Due Date: Rolling Acceptance

Overview: "This funding announcement encourages Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to study pain from an aging perspective, including studies of older populations, studies of age differences and age-related changes in pain processes and experiences, and studies of pain treatment and management in older adults."

 

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Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R21)

Funder: National Institute of Health (NIH)

Funding Amount: TBA

Due Date: April 8, 2014

Overview: "This funding announcement invites applications proposing to study HIV infection, HIV-associated conditions, HIV treatment, and/or biobehavioral or social factors associated with HIV/AIDS in the context of aging and/or in older adults. Research approaches of interest include clinical translational, observational, and intervention studies in domestic and international settings." 

 

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The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is an NIA funded Edward R. Roybal center with a focus on persistent pain due to both cancer and non-cancer related causes. TRIPLL is a collaboration between investigators at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell-Ithaca, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Council of Senior Centers & Services of NYC, Inc.

 

For more information on TRIPLL please contact Marcus Warmington at maw2054@med.cornell.edu