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eLetter #623 | Sept. 11, 2015  

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Sept 2015 Drug Take-Back Day
The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be holding its next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 26.

This is the perfect opportunity to safely dispose of your unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications. Disposal sites are located all across the country.

To learn more about this event and to find a location near you, visit the DEA's website >>

Video: An Overview and Recent Advances in Localized Scleroderma (Morphea)

Video: Localized Scleroderma Update
In this session from the 2015 Scleroderma Foundation National Patient Education Conference, join Dr. Michael York as he provides a brief overview of the different forms of localized scleroderma (morphea) and how localized scleroderma differs from systemic sclerosis.

The speaker also will discuss the natural history of the disease, treatment options, and experimental approaches. And finally, he will address the multidisciplinary approach to the disease that is used at Boston University Medical Center in the Rheumatology-Dermatology Clinic.

Watch the entire session video now >>

Study: Understanding Pain in America

hands.jpgThe National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health, recently analyzed data to show that 25.3 million American adults, about 11.2 percent of the population, experience daily pain - pain every day for the prior three months, and nearly 40 million adults, about 17 percent of the population, experience severe levels of pain.

“The number of people who suffer from severe and chronic pain is striking,” said Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., director of NCCIH, in a press release. “This analysis adds valuable new scope to our understanding of pain and could inform the National Pain Strategy in the areas of population research and disparities. It may help shape future research, development, and targeting of effective pain interventions, including complementary health approaches.”

Learn more about the study from the NCCIH Research Blog >>

Read the study press release here >>

How to Cope with Pain: Basic Relaxation Exercises

yoga.jpgLiving with chronic pain can be difficult and have negative consequences on your life, including your ability to work and your relationships with family and friends. But, there are coping mechanisms that you can employ to help alleviate these challenges. has a variety of strategies and exercises that you can complete to help you feel more comfortable, relieve anxiety and reduce stress.

Access basic relaxation strategies, such as guided imagery and meditation, including audio >>
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Disclaimer: The Scleroderma Foundation in no way endorses any drugs, treatments, clinical trials, or studies reported in the eLetter. Information is provided to keep the readers informed. Because the manifestations and severity of scleroderma vary among individuals, personalized medical management is essential. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that all drugs and treatments be discussed with the reader’s physician(s) for proper evaluation and treatment.

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