First, do no harm

All the medics out there will be familiar with the third stanza of the Hippocratic oath: 'I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone'. The rest of us don’t have such an oath but I think we might need one. In the last three weeks, I have seen eight people with chronic, … [Read more...]

The World Congress on Pain. What would YOU go to if you were going?

Next week sees many of the Body in Mind team and collaborators join five thousand or so other pain-nuts in Buenos Aires for the 15th World Congress on Pain. We at BiM are well aware that many of you are not able to go and we are going to take on the significant challenge of bringing (bits of) the conference back to you. However, you have to help … [Read more...]

Elite athletes are human too

Putting the Sydney Swans dasher Gary Rohan through the ‘credible evidence of danger and safety’ test I have taken most of an article published in Melbourne’s The Age, and Sydney’s  Morning Herald, in the lead up to the Australian Football League’s Grand Final, where my team, the Sydney Swans, are taking on last year’s champions, the Hawthorn … [Read more...]

David Sackett Talks About Evidence Based Medicine

Another in our Golden Oldies series:  Here is a superstar, well I guess he is sort of a pioneer/superstar, of evidenced based medicine, in an interview with a slightly cheesy fellow, just after Sackett won the Gairdner Award for Leadership in Medicine. These awards are extremely posh and Prof Sackett deserves it. The thing I like about him is him … [Read more...]

Learn something novel every decade

Sculpture Univeristy of Stuttgart

Newly edited we first published this blog post in 2010 just after the new year, now the text is freely available (see reference at the end of the post).  This is another in our golden oldies series. Further evidence to suggest we should learn something novel every decade I remember sitting my folks down and sternly counselling them to make … [Read more...]

Foods that sound better taste better

Another oldie but goodie.  This one on what influences our enjoyment of Pringles. Sound bites - Foods that sound better taste better The pleasure we derive from eating obviously depends on what food tastes and smells like. Visual presentation and colour are also important, as is the feel of the food in the mouth (i.e., its temperature and … [Read more...]

Oldies but goodies

It's summer time in the northern hemisphere and we thought it would be a good idea to look back over the years and post some crackers.  This one is particularly apt for you folks currently in a heat wave. Don't drink in the dark Mosquitoes, or mozzies as we would call them here in Australia, come out at night. I know this in part because I have … [Read more...]

Stopping ectopic activity at the DRG: Revolution in phantom limb pain or another red herring?

We were very fortunate to have Prof Srinivasa Raja and A/Prof Matthias Ringkamp write a post for us on the high profile papers that just came out in PAIN, both relevant to the ongoing debate of peripheral vs central mechanisms of neuropathic pain. In case you are not in the know, these guys are big wigs in the neuropathic pain scene and it is great … [Read more...]

PainAdelaide 2014 – Wrapping-up and looking forward

Wrap-up Thanks so much for being a part of possibly (probably!) the best little pain meeting in the world - PainAdelaide 2014.  We thought it was a roaring success and a large part of that is because of the feel in the room, to which you clearly contributed!  Our overseas visitors were very impressed with the meeting. They commented on the … [Read more...]

Could pain science be becoming fashionable? WCPT announces successful symposia.

The World Congress on Physical Therapy, which will be held in Singapore next May, has just announced the successful proposals for symposia. There were, apparently, a very large number of submissions. However, an intriguing thing has happened - 20% of symposiums are focussed on pain. At first glance, one might think - only 20%? However, if that is … [Read more...]