Archive for September, 2012

Acupuncture vs. Sham: Real Treatment or Scam?

September 27, 2012  |  Treatment  |  Share
Acupuncture vs. Sham: Real Treatment or Scam?

As a form of alternative medicine, acupuncture is among the most widely accepted in Western medicine. Yet there is loads of skepticism about its true effect. Sure, many people who have undergone acupuncture treatment for chronic pain, migraines, even childbirth, swear by it. But the lingering question remains whether this is honest-to-goodness relief or imagined. On a personal level, I don't think it matters to people who benefit - pain relief is pain relief. To scientists, however, the distinction between real effects and placebo is huge.

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Delivery of Interventions Evolves (Case in Point: WebMD Pain Coach iPhone App)

September 21, 2012  |  Treatment  |  Share
Delivery of Interventions Evolves (Case in Point: WebMD Pain Coach iPhone App)

I was sitting in my bowl of chocolate-covered self-pity, moping over how to begin this post about how delivery of interventions has evolved, when the Internet gods took pity on me and dropped a cherry on my head (chucked it, really). Just this week, the WebMD Pain Coach iPhone App was launched! How cool is this?! Ok, I don't have any idea how cool it is because I don't have an iPhone because, well, I'm not cool. But it looks cool and it's gotten good reviews a-and it's the perfect segue into my subject of evolving interventions.

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Dr. Oz on the Power of Goals (and Inertia)

September 18, 2012  |  Behavior Change, Getting Started  |  Share
Dr. Oz on the Power of Goals (and Inertia)

In the world of rapid-fire information delivery and its corollary, Internet-induced attention deficit disorder, I'm totally late to this party, but an entire couple of days ago, Dr. Oz published an article in Time Magazine about the unique ability we humans have of setting goals - like exercising more, losing weight, quitting smoking - with absolutely no intention of attaining them. It's not that we don't want to attain these goals, we know we should, it's just that we get stuck. Sometimes we even sabotage our own attempts (what diet? more cake, anyone?) because we're special like that.

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Credibility (Yours) is on Your Doctor’s Mind. Should You Be Worried?

September 9, 2012  |  Fibromyalgia Defined  |  Share
Credibility (Yours) is on Your Doctor's Mind. Should You Be Worried?

Sometimes, people who don't have pain may think that it is easy or beneficial to fake pain. To exaggerate. To rip off the insurance company for some big pot of money. You've probably experienced frustration with people in your life, like your friends, family, complete strangers and your doctor, not believing that you have pain or that it's as bad as you say. The reason this is frustrating for you (one of many, anyway) is that YOU know you're telling the truth but your credibility is being questioned and you have no hard evidence to prove your case. This is a problem.

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IASP 2012: Fibromyalgia Lives Large at the International Pain Conference

September 2, 2012  |  Fibromyalgia Defined  |  Share
IASP 2012: Fibromyalgia Lives Large at the International Pain Conference

Buongiorno, once again, my friends! As you may have read in the last post, I have been enjoying a week in Milan, Italy, attending the 14th World Congress on Pain presented by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). IASP is an international association of research professionals, clinicians, trainees, students and other interested folks who are all related to the field of pain, any kind of pain and anything that relates to pain. Here are some of the highlights from the latest research in fibromyalgia.

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