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Centralized Pain in TMD: Is It All in the Head?

We are pleased to introduce Sophia Stone, a new contributor to The TMJ Association, whose passion is to separate TMD fact from TMD fiction. Sophia has a background in medicine and research and can draw on her personal experience as a TMD patient.

TMD and Burning Mouth Syndrome

A study in the International Journal of Dental Research reporting the latest update on Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) noted two thirds of BMS patients also had Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD).

Stem Cell Study of Jaw Development Could Offer Insight Into Craniofacial Flaws

Scientists in the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Gage Crump have revealed how key genes guide the development of the jaw in zebrafish. These findings may offer clues for understanding craniofacial anomalies in human patients, who sometimes carry a mutation in equivalent genes.

Pain in Your Head Hurts More Than Elsewhere in the Body

Terrie Cowley, Co-Founder and President of The TMJ Association, often remarks that patients tell her that the pain they feel in their jaws is worse than pain elsewhere in the body.

2018 NIDCR and Hill Visits

On February 26, TMJA staff participated in the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Patient Advocacy Council (PAC), an umbrella group comprising non-profit organizations that work together to advance dental, oral,

TMJA IN THE MEDIA

  • May 31, 2017

Over the years The TMJ Association as been quoted and cited in a numerous media publications and outlets including the following.

  • Pains Project, Member Spotlight - The TMJ Association, October 2014.
  • Dear Doctor, Chronic Jaw Pain & Associated Conditions, December 2013.
  • Research!America blog, Member Spotlight, June 2013.
  • The Pain Advocacy Community newsletter, Spotlight on Pain Advocacy, March 2013.
  • Friends of the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, Update, February 2012.
  • TheWall Street Journal, When Coverage Fails, October 22, 2011
  • Pain Pathways, What is TMJ?, Spring 2011.
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, Jaw Joint Disorders Likely Coexist with Other Conditions, Medical College Study Finds, March 2, 2011.
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, FDA Orders Review of Jaw Joint Implants After Numerous Problems, February 7, 2011.
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentineland MedPage Today investigational articles on TMJ implant devices, November 28, 2010.
  • Pain Advocacy Community e-newsletter, In the Face of Pain, Sept. 2010.
  • Washington Post, "Feeling her pain", May 25, 2010.
  • PR Newswire, "Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women", May 19, 2010.
  • CFIDSLink E-newsletter "Launch event and Capitol Hill meetings reinforce human and financial toll of chronic pain", May 2010.
  • NIH Medline Plus, "Treating TMJ: Less is Often Best" - Winter 201, pg. 15
  • National Vulvodynia Association "NVA News" - Fall 2008
  • CFIDSLink E-newsletter "Comorbid Conditions Receive Focus" - July 2008.
  • Interstitial Cystitis Association's ICA Update Magazine, "TMJDs: Sometimes a Companion to IC" - Summer 2008, pg. 16-17.
  • International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders's Digestive Health Matters, "Can Studies of Co-Morbidities of TMJDs Reveal Common Mechanisms of Disease?", Summer 2008, Vol. 17, No.2., pg. 12.
  • Journal of American Medical Association, "Improvements Needed in Management of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders" - March 12, 2008, Vol 299, No. 10, pp. 1119-1121.
  • Tinnitus Today "Check for Jaw Misalignment" - December 2007, Volume 32, No.4, pg. 19.
  • Friends of the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research Oral Health Research, "NIDC, patients' advocates work to solve TMJ puzzle" - Winter 2007, Vol. 3, No.1, pg.3.
  • RDH, The National Magazine for Dental Hygiene Professionals, "The Complexities of TMD" - October 2008, page 60.
  • Bone & Joint Decade "Member News - The TMJ Association" - May/June 2007, Volume 9, Issue 1, pg. 6.
  • Proto - Massachusetts General Hospital Dispatches from the Frontiers of Medicine, "The Body Pain" - Spring 2007.
  • American Academy of Pain Management The Pain Practitioner, "TMJD - A Mystery Trigger Point Headaches: Some Practical Suggestion for Addressing Postural Perpetuating Factors, Volume 16, Number 3 - Fall 2006.
  • New York Times "An Aching Jaw Leads to a World of Medical Uncertainty" - April 4, 2006.
  • International Healthcare Journal - "Dentists play doctor" - February, 2006.
  • The Savvy Woman Patient - How and Why Sex Differences Affect Your Health (book) - Society of Women's Health Research 2006.
  • Procter & Gamble's Global Dental Resource Web site - 2005.
  • Annie's Mailbox (Ann Landers column) - January 18, 2005.
  • Star-News - "The Truth about TMJ" - July 29, 2004.
  • Good Housekeeping magazine - "Warning! The Medical "Miracles" that May be Hazardous to Your Health" - March 2004.
  • The Times-Picayune newspaper - "Dental suit could cost state millions" - January 18, 2004.
  • The Washington Times - "When Jaw Joint is Aching" - April 2003.
  • U.S. News & World Report - "Scarred lives - A faulty jaw implant was recalled years ago; thousands of patients found out too late" - July 2002.
  • Dallas Morning News - "Jaw device: 'outstanding' or 'dangerous'? Implant makers tout benefits, but some patients endure defects" - July 2002.
  • Orthopaedic Research Society Newsletter "President's Report, Edward J. Puzas" - Spring/Summer 2002.
  • Arthritis Today "Why Your Jaw Hurts" - October 2001.
  • Women's World "What you Should Do About...Jaw Pain" - October 2001.
  • New York Times "When Medical Devices Fail in the Body" - August 2001.
  • Health Magazine "Peace for Troubled Jaws?" - March 2001.
  • Washington Post "Taking It On the Chin" - February 2001.
  • CNN - February 2001.
  • Good Morning America - March 2000.
  • Chemical & Engineering News "Poorly Understood TMJ Problem Gets Needed Attention" - June 26 2000.
  • Chemical & Engineering News "Disappointment for victims of failed implants" - February 28 2000.
  • The Gray Sheet "Patient/Industry Collaboration Key to Optimal Implant Registry-TMJ Assn." - January 10, 2000.

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