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Health Writer Says Chronic Pain is the Biggest U.S. Health Problem

Judy Foreman
Judy Foreman

A nationally syndicated medical journalist will be speaking at the University of Rochester Medical Center Saturday about what she calls the the country's biggest health problem-chronic pain.

Judy Foreman, whose health column has appeared in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and Dallas Morning News, is the author of  A Nation in Pain.

Foreman cites a 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine, showing that 100 million American adults, more than 40 percent of the adult population in 2010, live with chronic pain.

Click on the audio link above to hear a conversation with Foreman. She talks about her own journey and successful treatment of chronic neck pain, why doctors are not prepared to deal with the scope of this health issue, and ongoing research that might point to a promising new method of treatment.

Judy Foreman is speaking at the University of Rochester Medical Center Class of ’62 Auditorium on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.


Registration is required by Friday, April 4. Call (585) 275-4392.  


Here are more resources for chronic pain management from WXXI's Second Opinion

Beth Adams joined WXXI as host of Morning Edition in 2012 after a more than two-decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester. Her career also took her from radio stations in Elmira, New York, to Miami, Florida.