Silky Micro-Needles Could Make Shots Pain-Free

29 Dec, 2011

Nobody likes getting shots. But what if you could make the needles so tiny that they broke the skin painlessly? Engineers from Tufts University have created such micro-needles--made from the major protein in silk, fibroin. The work is in the journal Advanced Functional Materials .[Konstantinos Tsioris et al., " Fabrication of Silk Micro-Needles for Controlled-Release Drug Delivery "] [More]


Living with Pain: Top 10 Pain Management Posts for 2011

29 Dec, 2011

It is hard to believe that 2011 has nearly come to an end. I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year. I thought this would be a good time to review my blog posts for 2011. Take ...


Living With Pain: Two Types of Coping

22 Dec, 2011

From birth, we are all faced with two basic questions: “What do I want or need?” and “How do I get it?”  Of course, we start out wanting the same kinds of things: to eat, to sleep, to be safe, ...


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

22 Dec, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL READERS OF THE PICTURE OF PAIN BLOG Thank you for your interest and support. We will be back in the new year with new posts and comments about pain management, starting with the third post and a podcast about chronic pain management and risk of aberrant drug [...]


Arthritis National Research Foundation

21 Dec, 2011

Arthritis sucks. Rheumatoid Arthritis is especially sucky. Here's a gentle description of what happened to my grandmother from the Arthritis National Research Foundation. She once swam competitively, but no longer could. She had difficulty doing the shopping for her family. Everyday pleasures were dulled by pain. The simplest movements required tremendous effort and concentration. Joyce Sontag was


Living with Pain: Finding Yourself

15 Dec, 2011

One of the most difficult aspects of chronic pain management is dealing with the losses that may accompany pain. For example, your roles can change. Your role as spouse or partner, friend, worker, mom or dad, brother or sister, athlete ...


Living with Pain: Let Yourself Breathe

8 Dec, 2011

I have written a great deal about the negative thoughts that are so easy to get caught up in when you live with chronic pain. I have covered topics such as rumination, self-talk,  “negative fortune telling“, and anger.  People with ...


A Body Image and Disordered Eating Intervention for Women in Midlife: A Randomized Controlled Trial

8 Dec, 2011

Publication year: 2011 Source: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Volume 79, Issue 6, December 2011, Pages 751-758 Siân A. McLean, Susan J. Paxton, Eleanor H. Wertheim Objective: This study examined the outcome of a body image and disordered eating intervention for midlife women. The intervention was specifically designed to address risk factors that are pertinent in midlife. Method: Participants were 61 women aged 30 to 60 years (M= 43.92,SD= 8.22) randomly assigned to intervention (n= 32) or (delayed treatment) control (n= 29) groups. Following an 8-session facilitated group cognitive behavioral therapy-based intervention, outcomes from the Body Shape Questionnaire; Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire; Body Image Avoidance Questionnaire; Physical Appearance Comparison Sc...


Living with Pain: Depression and “Negative Fortune Telling”

1 Dec, 2011

Chronic pain and depression sometimes co-occur.  It has been estimated that 30-50% of people with pain also report feelings of depression. While severe pain can be a trigger for depression, feeling depressed can make pain worse. Depression makes it more ...


Living with Pain: Gratitude and Well-Being

25 Nov, 2011

Giving thanks doesn’t need to be limited to, or delegated by, a national holiday.  Gratitude can be a part of daily life. According to Drs. Randy and Lori  Sansone, gratitude is: The appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to ...


Systematic review: The effectiveness of physical treatments on thoracic outlet syndrome in reducing clinical symptoms

22 Nov, 2011

Publication year: 2011 Source: Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal, Volume 29, Issue 2, December 2011, Pages 53-63 Chi-ngai Christopher Lo, Saiful Adli Bukry, Saad Alsuleman, Joel Varghese Simon Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a well-discussed neurovascular condition in upper limbs that prompted the scientists to conduct several reviews and to write articles on the topic during the last three decades. Most of the treatments are surgery and a series of conservative treatments. However, the variation of conservative treatments is wide and not defined. The aim of this systematic review was to define the effectiveness of physical treatments, as one of the conservative managements, for patients with TOS, in terms of pain relief. Eleven articles published during the period 1990–2009 were selecte...


Adolescents With Fibromyalgia - Psychological Intervention Helps Reduce Depression And Disability

22 Nov, 2011

According to a recent multi-site trial published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) reduces functional disability and depressive symptoms in adolescent with juvenile fibromyalgia...


Living with Pain: Depression and “Self-Talk”

17 Nov, 2011

If you have chronic pain, you may also be depressed. For example, one study found that among a representative, community sample of men and women, 35% of the study’s participants who reported chronic pain were also depressed. Risk of depression ...


Popular Painkillers Linked to Increased Heart Risks

11 Oct, 2011

A review of previous studies has found that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such dicolfenac, ibuprofen, and naproxyn can increase users' risk for heart attack or stroke by a third, depending on the drug taken and the size of the dose.


Nurofen Plus going back on sale following safety recall

29 Sep, 2011

Nurofen plus is to go back on sale in tamper proof packs after recent safety recall


Back pain: A new approach

29 Sep, 2011

A better targeted approach to the management of back pain in primary care could provide a more effective and cheaper alternative to conventional care


Popular pain killers linked to heart attack risk

28 Sep, 2011

Several anti-inflammatory pain killers significantly increase the risk of heart attack study concludes


What cancer survival really means

30 Jul, 2011

I was really taken aback by this explanation of what cancer survival really means. I know that some of you are fighting cancer* or have someone in your lives who is. This may be useful. xkcd: Lanes (Click to make bigger) Check out the rollover --the text which displays when your mouse hovers over the picture-- on the original post for how the picture reflects the stages of breast cancer.


Foolproof method for succeeding in modern neurochemistry

19 Jul, 2011

Neurochemistry Post-Docs! Looking to publish interesting and important papers on the neurochemistry of reward but don't know what to study? Then Dr. Swenson's Revolutionary Topic Selection Method is for you! For centuries, western philosophers have thought carefully about the nature and kinds of pleasure.* You too can benefit from their efforts! Here's the key to Dr. Swenson's Revolutionary Topic


LSD analogue and cluster headaches

19 Jul, 2011

Whoa. Check out this abstract an annual International Headache Congress paper. Cluster headache attack cessation and remission extension of months or longer in six treatment-refractory patients administered only 3 doses of BOL-148J. Halpern, M. Karst, T. PassieFive male patients with treatment-refractory chronic cluster headache and one female patient with treatment-refractory mixed cluster/


Fewer back pain benefits claims

10 May, 2011

Mental health disorders replace back pain as the main reason for claiming Incapacity Benefit


EU directory on herbal medicines – it is not all bad news

25 Feb, 2011

You may already know about the EU’s attempt to remove the rights from European citizens to choose how to deal with their health matters by denying access to herbal remedies amongst others. All details can be found on ‘Go Petition’ ( where you will also have the option of signing the petition against the EU directive [...]


MPs want homoeopathy funding stopped – some comments

4 Mar, 2010

This refers to an article published by the New Scientist on 23rd/Feb/2010 by Andy Coghlan ( ) Brief points: 1- "Homeopathic remedies work no better than placebos, and so should no longer be paid for by the UK National Health Service, a committee of British members of parliament has concluded": I can think of [...]


Food and pain – Choosing the right food to reduce pain and inflammation

5 Feb, 2010

Did you know that some of the things we eat or drink can make pain and inflammation better or worse? Some foods make blood pH more acid or alkaline (different parts of our bodies have different pH values) and this has a direct effect on inflammation and our immune system.


Healing and feeling better

27 Dec, 2009

Healing and feeling better are two different things. Many people focus on getting rid of symptoms (emotional or physical pain for instance), assuming that if they feel better, there are no problems. Mainstream, conventional medicine also tends to focus on this. But, if you imagine that our bodies are like a car, when we feel [...]


New directions in the psychology of chronic pain management

7 Aug, 2009

New directions in the psychology of chronic pain management View more presentations from epicyclops.


Just in case drugs – the incongruence of RCT gold standard

5 Jun, 2009

Giving drugs packed with unpleasant and dangerous side-effects to healthy people to prevent disease – just in case – apart from being completely illogical, has proven to be dangerous and not to work. NICE is now recommending that aspirin should not be given as a preventive intervention for cardiovascular disease after years of guidelines advocating [...]


Choice of drug-free pain treatment and management is a right

16 May, 2009

Many people suffering from chronic pain are able to fund their treatment of choice and opt for alternative interventions if they do not want to rely on the National Health Service. Others cannot afford to do so and feel disempowered and hopeless. This is unjust because pain management and treatment is a human right and should be available to all.