Sunday Conversations - June 23, 2023

“Improving Pain Care Through Education and Policy”

Sunday, June 23, 2024, 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Cindy Steinberg

Jackie Orent-Nathan

Michele Matthews

In this edition of Sunday Conversations, we continued our series on comorbidities with a focus on pain. A panel of three presenters from the Massachusetts Pain Initiative (MassPI) presente on the work their organization does to improve the lives of people suffering from pain through knowledge, education, and policy reform. Cindy Steinberg discussed her role in past and current legislative actions, both locally and nationally. Jackie Orent-Nathan talked about pain neuroscience and about solutions that use neuroplasticity to influence the reorganization of neural networks. Michele Matthews focused on medications and provided the "Ins and Outs of Medications for Pain and Symptom Management".

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Sunday Conversations - May 19, 2024

"Are You M.A.D.? An axis awry of Mast cell activation disease, Autonomic neuropathy, and Disorders of connective tissue"

Sunday, May 19, 2024, 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Dr. Anne Maitland

A growing body of evidence is linking heritable disorders of connective tissue, such as Ehlers Danlos Variants, with dysautonomia and mast cell dysfunction, which lead to chronic fatigue, brain fog, irritable bowel symptoms and pain syndromes. Dr. Maitland presented a brief review of the diagnosis and relationships of this clinical triad, MCAD, Autonomic dysfunction, and Disorders of connective tissue or hEDS. A better understanding of these relationships should lead to multi-disciplinary clinical therapies to help right this trio of modern day epidemics.

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Sunday Conversations - April 21, 2024

“Got Mold? How Our Homes Impact Our Health”

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Michael Rubino

Michael Rubino is the co-founder and chair of Change the Air Foundation, a non-profit giving every person the knowledge, resources, and support to achieve better health by breathing safe indoor air. In this edition of Sunday Conversations with MassME, Michael discussed air quality, mold, bacteria, symptoms of living with water damage, tests for mold and air quality, and the steps we can take to make our homes safer.

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Sunday Conversations - March 17, 2024

“Dysautonomias 101: More Than Just POTS”

Sunday, March 17, 2024, 4 p.m. Eastern Time

 
Peter Cariani, Ph.D.
 
Hayla Sluss, Ph.D

“Dysautonomias” refers to the generic term encompassing all disorders of the autonomic nervous system. In this edition of Sunday Conversations, Peter Cariani, Ph.D., gave a brief overview of the autonomic nervous system and what can go wrong. He also described the role of dysautonomias in ME/CFS, FM, and other chronic conditions, what causes these conditions to be self-sustaining, what medical specialties treat dysautonomias, and added his own thoughts about diagnosis and treatment. Hayla Sluss, Ph.D., presented symptoms and accommodations.

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