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February 19-25 News Round-Up

This week at TMJ Hope:

You requested that we put up lists of TMJ friendly products, so we put those up (by the way, buying products from Amazon helps support TMJ Hope):

We also had an article about dealing with depression: How to Cope with TMJ Disorder, Chronic Pain, & Depression

TMJ Related News:

Diagnostic Accuracy of Clinical Tests & Signs of TMJ Disorders: A Systematic Review of the Literature – After reviewing all of the available studies, this review found only 3 studies that were of high enough quality to include in their review. So, their conclusion was that as of right now the ability to rule in (or rule out) TMJ disorder is still unknown. Our take away: we need more research and better designed research at that! Source.

Health news:

Can Online Support Groups Help Those with Mental Illness? – 300 patients were given either a email list-serv, forum, or no online community… then a year later their well-being was studied. “These groups likely provide some degree of comfort in sharing a similar experience,” said Dr. Salzer. “While we can’t yet quantify the benefit with our measurements, it does appear that participants benefit in online contacts with one another.” Source.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Exercise Beneficial for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients.
Survey: What Doctors Want to Tell Patients (and Vice Versa) – Consumer Reports recently featured the results of a survey that asked their readers and a group of primary care physicians what they would like to tell each other if given the chance. The results were quite interesting, highlighting things like: [unordered_list style=”star”]

  • 80% of doctors thought it was important & would be very helpful for patients to bring in a friend or family member to their appointmen to help them record important information… but only 28% of patients actually did this. We highly recommend trying it… it really helps!
  • 89% of doctors surveyed said it would help patients to keep a record of their medications, changes in conditions, tests, treatments, etc…but only 33% of patients actually did so.

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Want some help getting started on this? Print out our pain journal & bring it to your next appointment (with your friend or family member tagging along who has their notebook handy!)…your doc will love you for it!

Do you have any news to share this week? What’s going on in your world?

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