Today is an auspicious day

This is an auspicious day. On this day in 2009 BiM published its first blog post. We have come a long way since a conversation a bit over three years ago when Heidi persuaded Lorimer to try blogging as a new way to help overcome the divide between scientist and clinician. Now we have about 3,800 visits to the site EVERY week from all over the … [Read more...]

Expecting bad things – what are the repercussions?

I am currently on the train to Wauchope, NSW to visit my husband who is doing a rural medical placement. Now in my head, I decided that train food would be shocking and so when low and behold, I got my meal, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was not only edible but quite…delicious?  I know! It knocked me for one too. However, this is … [Read more...]

Just how much can the coloured blobs tell us

When it comes to treating someone in pain we have one way of knowing if our treatment has effected pain relief, and that is the patient’s verbal report.   Perhaps another way of knowing whether pain has changed is to look at what’s happening in the brain.  Well, this review is addressing precisely this question.  Presented here[1] are the findings … [Read more...]

Pelvic Pain – all the fun stuff

Many of us here at BiM went to the Festival de NOI a couple of weeks ago. It was fab. However, we know that most of you couldn't make it and we thought we would briefly recap some of the talks so you can feel the passion for yourselves. Here is the first one..... This morning in the practice where I work, I overheard a male patient telling one … [Read more...]

Stressed mice and weak p53: Alas! Not cancer free!

There is an old and well known adage that stress causes negative health outcomes including the formation of gastric ulcers, heart disease, and cancer. How this takes place in any specific individual is horribly difficult to sort out due to the multiple systems and factors that are involved (we could be lost in a sea of confounders). However, … [Read more...]

Can tweets predict citations?

A recent article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)[1] looked at whether it is feasible to measure social impact of, and public attention to, newly published research articles by analysing buzz in social media - specifically twitter. It also asked whether these metrics are sensitive and specific enough to predict highly cited … [Read more...]

Poles support WW2 veteran in trial

I made up the above title to highlight a small recurring problem in how media frequently portrays science: less than accurately! Especially in the headlines! Who would have thought that my headline actually spoke of a WW2 veteran who used crutches while taking part in a randomised controlled trial? Why am I writing this? The Telegraph! This … [Read more...]

Peer review picks a pack of pickled papers

I can only speak for myself, but the idea of peer review usually fills a researcher with the diametrically opposed feelings of fear of failure and a genuine excitement that the imminent suggestions will help one’s paper shine. It doesn’t help that the time of judgment usually comes after one has spent countless hours working on presenting an … [Read more...]

TNF-a: the scroundrel that can smile and smile

Glial cells keep appearing everywhere I look. No, I have not been shrunken by some Rick Moranis-like character and made to wander around the body (a reference to “Honey, I shrunk the kids”)! But, I have been wandering around the pages of journals, ever-so-slowly trying to get a grasp of how the nervous and immune systems talk to each-other. What … [Read more...]

Luke Parkitny talks CRPS at BiM

Luke is a PhD student at Neuroscience Research Australia researching some of the factors that play a role in the development of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Luke joins the Body in Mind team with a background of clinical practice and research in Western Australia. He has rapidly cultivated an interest in all things pain and has very … [Read more...]