Talking about endometriosis – part 2

This is the second summary in a series of two blog posts highlighting valuable information about our current understanding of mechanisms of pain in endometriosis from a recent review led by researchers at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford [2]. It continues with peripheral mechanisms and then highlights the … [Read more...]

Talking about endometriosis – part 1

Do you have a female friend or family member who coughs up blood at the time of her period? This rather bizarre occurrence is a very rare, yet documented clinical feature of endometriosis [1]. Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) lodges outside the uterus and induces an estrogen-dependent … [Read more...]

Wired for touch: the neurons and circuits of the somatosensory system

Our tactile world is infinitely rich: a cold breeze, a sharp poke, raindrops, or a mother’s gentle caress all impose mechanical forces on our skin, and yet we encounter no difficulty in telling them apart and can react differently to each. How do we recognize and interpret the myriad of tactile stimuli to perceive our physical world? Aristotle … [Read more...]

Ebola and the viral spread of information

Ebola is increasingly in the news with much information - and misinformation - in the media. The following are extracts adapted from two blog posts by Symplur [1,2], who are not only following the spread of information about this disease, but also looking at whether organisations and people who know much about Ebola are able to influence this … [Read more...]

Professor Michael Nicholas on adherence

The third and last in our series of  keynote speaker interviews by Australian Pain Society at their annual conference.  This one is by Professor Michael Nicholas on adherence. Michael Nicholas is Professor at the Sydney Medical School, Director of the ADAPT program at the Royal North Shore Hospital and also Director of the Graduate Pain … [Read more...]

Dr Andrew Moore on Evidence and Pain

The second of three keynote speaker interviews by Australian Pain Society at their annual conference: Dr Andrew Moore on evidence and pain and the effectiveness of certain types of drugs. Dr Andrew Moore is Director of Pain Research, Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, University of Oxford, and Chairman of the International Association for the … [Read more...]

Jeff Mogil on the nature and nurture of pain

The Australian Pain Society recently held their annual conference (and what a conference it was) and interviewed their keynote speakers.  This is the first of three - Prof Jeff Mogil on the nature and nurture of pain. Professor Jeffrey Mogil is currently the E.P. Taylor Professor of Pain Studies and the Canada Research Chair in the Genetics of … [Read more...]

Measuring impact of research using social media and conventional terms – a dog’s breakfast?

A little while ago we ran an experiment looking at social media and whether it has any influence on people reading original research papers[1] (Lorimer is going to talk more about the actual experiment in the next blog).  While we were in the process of considering our results I was surprised by the fact that there were no clear definitions of … [Read more...]

Ride for Pain at your place – photos and movies are here

All those fabulous people who did Ride for Pain at your place! have completed their rides and  those who could sent their photos and movies in.  Click on the gallery pics and they get bigger.  In no particular order here are.... The Norse Vikings - Norway httpv://youtu.be/w0656e_4FRA More pics here and for you keenies click on the picture … [Read more...]

It hurts. It’s in my genes.

“Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease." - William Osler On the Educational Value of the Medical Society, In Aequanimitas, p.331 As we know there have been any number of chronic pain … [Read more...]