Read the Latest News

Honor Families Who Bravely Battle TMD

If you haven't done so already, please join me in making a year-end contribution to The TMJ Association (TMJA) in the honor of families like mine and yours who bravely battle this disease each and every day. Since my daughter, Alexandra, b

From Functional Pains to Central Sensitivity Syndromes

The following article in Medscape refers to TMD and some of its overlapping pain conditions as functional pains and proposes to change that description. Medscape is the leading online resource for physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide, offeri

Are TMD Patients More Pain Sensitive? Maybe. But It's Complicated

TMD patients come in many different varieties. Some experience pain and dysfunction confined only to the jaw and/or the associated chewing muscles. Other TMD patients have jaw pain plus one or more other painful conditions elsewhere in the body. Scientis

TMJA's 8th Scientific Meeting

TMJA celebrated its 8th biennial scientific meeting this fall provocatively challenging scientists to answer, "How Can Precision Medicine Be Applied to Temporomandibular Disorders and its Comorbidities?" For three days scientists from fields

Introducing our TMD Nutrition Guide

The pain and jaw dysfunction associated with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) can impact your ability to chew and swallow food. How and what you are able to eat can seriously compromise your nutritional and health status - an aspect of TMD that is often

TMJA's 8th Scientific Meeting

  • Dec 14, 2016

TMJA celebrated its 8th biennial scientific meeting this fall provocatively challenging
scientists to answer, "How Can Precision Medicine Be Applied to Temporomandibular
Disorders and its Comorbidities?" For three days scientists from fields outside TMD,
as well as some of the leaders you have read about in these News Bites, addressed
this question from multiple points of view. To set the stage, National Institutes of Health
(NIH) spokespersons explained exactly what precision medicine was all about. It is the
attempt to customize healthcare, with medical decisions, practices, and/or
products being tailored to the individual patient
.

To achieve that goal, a major new program, the U.S. Precision Medicine Initiative,
under NIH leadership, has been launched to amass health data on a huge sample of
volunteers. No less than one million Americans--male, female, old, young, sorted by
race, ethnicity, geographic locale and socioeconomic status--will be recruited to work
with scientists to provide genetic information, electronic health records, and a range of
physiological, lifestyle and environmental data. This will take time, obviously, but the
experts say it is an effort that is doable now because of the rapid advances in
technology that make genome sequencing cheap and fast, the adoption of electronic
health records, and new techniques for gathering personal data on an individual using
sensors and devices that could be built into a smart phone app.

That said, attendees at the TMJA meeting heard speakers describe research on many
fronts. Among them: ways in which TMD patients with overlapping pain conditions may
be sorted into subsets with common characteristics that permit more selective targets
for treatment, new ways of delivering and testing drugs, further fine-tuning of chronic
pain pathways, more on interactions between the nervous and immune systems, and
new ways of modelling disease using stem cells. This winter, a summary of the
meeting and recommendations for future research will appear in TMJ Science.

TMJ Disorders

Comments:

Login or Register to add Comment