6 Ways We’re Helping Persisting Pain in Rural Australia

The journey from southern Australia from Melbourne to Adelaide has begun and is now in its second day. Check out the daily happenings and in the meantime this is a reminder of why cyclists are riding nearly 900km this week: The contribution of rural Australia cannot be underestimated. For a long time, we rode “on the sheep’s back” and nowadays … [Read more...]

Bring on the Pain Revolution!

When it comes to health, rural communities take more than their fair share of the burden of disease and disability. Chronic pain is no exception to this rule – stats would suggest that these problems are bigger in rural communities than they are in the cities. The prevalence of persistent disabling pain, pain-related opioid dependency and … [Read more...]

BiM in Review 2012

It’s that time of year again. Up here on the top of the world in Australia, we are getting ready for a month of sand, surf, BBQ’s and belly laughs - the whole country goes on holidays for a few weeks. So, it is a great time to look back on 2012 and look forward to 2013. Here are some highlights and a brief peek into the looking glass for next … [Read more...]

Field Research

At the recent World Congress on Pain, there were enough exhibition stands to keep even the most mischievous amused. One of the most mischievous is Sarah Haag. Here she gives an account of the first of her investigations..... On day 2 of the biannual IASP conference in Milan, I decided to try out the latest and greatest in headache management … [Read more...]

James Kerr on the Didge

James Kerr on the Didge: James has finished up at BiM and is on his way to Germany. He has an extra trick in his bag for when the Euro are tight..... httpvh://youtu.be/druV_aEwBUo … [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...]

Limericks about pain and practice. You choose the winner.

A little while ago I was fortunate enough to meet with a bunch of (mainly) Californians in a lovely Jacaranda-laden Campus of St Mary's College, LA.  There was a competition, the prize of which was not insubstantial - about 300 bucks worth of free seminars.  The contest? To write a limerick about the two days we had just spent doing 'Current … [Read more...]

To tweet or not tweet unpublished data

is a question that came up after a recent seminar where unpublished research was being presented.  It's the sort of thing that makes researchers turn pale and sweat - unpublished data has to stay unpublished for research papers to be accepted by journals like Pain, yet with smart phones like the iPhone it's very easy to share pictures of slides … [Read more...]

Left or Right Brain Game

I reckon that all great scientific discoveries are judged on two criteria: firstly the idea must be truly original and useful to human-kind and secondly it must permeate into popular culture. I’ll cite two examples: (1) Gravity not only bruised Newton’s forehead and still keeps us grounded but also provides hours of entertainment to skydivers and … [Read more...]

Association and Causation and a World Record Experiment to Dissemination

The clinical sciences literature is full of examples of an association between two variables being mistaken for causation.  How many treatments are based on strong evidence that 'this' and 'that' are related with NO evidence that 'this' causes 'that'? It is a fundamental error and can lead to ridiculous conclusions.  That is not the problem I … [Read more...]