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Hyperreactive Brain Network May Be Cause of Chronic Pain in Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

Fibromyalgia is one of the overlapping pain conditions with TMD. This article appeared in Fibromyalgia News Today on January 15, 2018. A new study suggests a hyperreactive brain network may be the underlying cause of chronic pain in fibromyalgia.

Dry Eye Linked to Chronic Overlapping Pain in Veteran Population

There may be a correlation between dry eye and chronic pain in the US military veteran population as is evident by a recent study. Ocular pain was most strongly associated with headaches, tension headaches, migraines, temporomandibular joint disorders, pelvic pain, central pain syndrome, and fibromyalgia in the veteran patient population.

Patients in Los Angeles or New York City Needed for Clinical Study - Comparative Study of Women Considering or Currently Receiving Botox© Injections for TMJ Pain

Are you a woman with "TMJ" pain in facial muscles, who has either: a. recently had Botox© injections for your pain or b. not had Botox© for your pain but has thought about such treatment? If either is true for you, you may qualify for an observational research study centrally administered by the NYU College of Dentistry. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this study is to understand potential health risks that may be caused by treating "TMJ pain" with Botox© injections.

Why Head and Face Pain Cause More Suffering

Hate headaches? The distress you feel is not all in your -- well, head. People consistently rate pain of the head, face, eyeballs, ears and teeth as more disruptive, and more emotionally draining, than pain elsewhere in the body.

Migraine and Coronary Artery Disease: A Genetic Connection

There has long been as association between migraine headaches and vascular (blood vessel) dysfunction of some kind, underscored by epidemiological studies and other research. New evidence for a genetic connection now comes from the analysis of several large data sets of each condition based on Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS).

TMJA SCIENCE MEETINGS

  • Nov 29, 2017

The TMJ Association has held the following prestigious scientific meetings in Bethesda, Maryland. Speaker abstracts, meeting agendas, as well as issues of the TMJ Science, a science journal, which contains the summary and recommendations of our scientific meetings are listed below.

First Scientific Meeting - Moving Temporomandibular Joint Research into the 21st Century

Second Scientific Meeting - Joint and Muscle Dysfunction of the Temporomandibular Joint

Third Scientific Meeting - Advancing Diagnostic Approaches for TMJ Diseases and Disorders

Fourth Scientific Meeting - A Systems Approach to the Understanding of TMJ as a Complex Disease

Fifth Scientific Meeting - Can Studies of Comorbidities with TMJDs Reveal Common Mechanisms of Disease?

Sixth Scientific Meeting - Comorbid Chronic Pain Conditions - Mechanisms, Diagnosis and Treatments

Seventh Scientific Meeting - Genetic and Epigenetic Basis of Temporomandibular Disorders and Related Chronic Overlapping Conditions

Eighth Scientific Meeting - How Can Precision Medicine Be Applied to Temporomandibular Disorders and its Comorbidities?


To receive a hard copy of TMJ Science, please indicate the journal(s) you'd like to receive and send your request to info@tmj.org.

Comments from the Scientific Meetings

Over the course of these Scientific Meetings, we have received many positive comments from the members of the medical community who have attended. To gain more insight in what happens at these gatherings, read on:

"Thanks for the fantastic meeting. I have been going to TMD and pain meetings for over 20 years and this was one of the best that I have ever attended. The idea of bringing together all the experts and patient advocates for all the comorbidities was a great idea. We all need to get together and find those common purposes. The meeting truly reflected what I see as a clinician and what the vast majority of our patients report. Thanks for all your hard work. It is obvious that you are accomplishing things that could not be done without your efforts! There are a lot of providers and patients who will benefit from what you are doing."

~Morris A. Branch, D.D.S., M.S., Bethesda, MD

"I wanted to congratulate you on superb conference (5th Science Meeting)! Definitely one of the best interdisciplinary gatherings I can remember! I hope that an NIH Road Map Initiative will come out of this."

~Emeran A. Mayer, MD, Director, Center for Neurobiology of Stress - Division of Digestive Diseases, University of California, Los Angeles

"The TMJ Association has once again distinguished itself by sponsoring it's fourth scientific meeting...the Association is to be congratulated for its innovation and creativity..."

~Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research