• Therapeutic Benefits May Be More Widely Applicable
    Relief of muscle soreness and improved blood circulation are common claims made for the benefits of massage therapy, but a new study published online in advance of print in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the first to substantiate these assertions, according to the study authors. The findings additionally indicated that massage improved vascular function in people who had not exercised, suggesting that massage has benefits for people regardless of their level of physical activity. The study evaluated the response to traditional Swedish massage administered to healthy sedentary adults after exercise. Exercise-induced muscle injury has been shown to reduce blood flow, in addition to inducing soreness. The study noted improvements in both soreness index reporting and in brachial artery flow mediated dilation (FMD) among the exercise and massage recipients. Additionally, the same improvements in FMD were noted in a control group of massage recipients who did not exercise. This indicates the potential value of massage therapy for individuals with limited mobility and/or impaired vascular function, according to the study authors. Read a news story about the findings here.
  • Merkel cells and the sense of touch: research has implications for diabetes, fibromyalgia and more
    By solving a long standing scientific mystery, the common saying "you just hit a nerve" might need to be updated to "you just hit a Merkel cell," jokes Jianguo Gu, PhD, a pain researcher at the... Pain / Anesthetics News From Medical News Today
  • Major Deficiencies in Treatment of Children in Pain in Alberta, Canada, ERs
    In what may be the first study of pain management for children, it has been determined that “Children are at high risk for the undertreatment of pain” either during procedures or in the ER. Not only is better pain management needed, general pain management policies need to be in place. Dr. Samina Ali of the University of Alberta is asking for a call to action for the creation of these policies across Canada. In one pediatric emergency department study, analgesia was provided to only 27% of children even though “pain was documented 60% of the time.” Pain management varied with injury, illness, or procedure, and only one-third of the 72 hospitals surveyed had a policy for triage pain documentation. Less than half had any sort of policy for sedation of children. Due to this lack of a uniform policy for children, parents are their child’s best advocate when it comes to pain management and prevention. The study encourages parents to ask healthcare providers for medications and music, TV, games, even bubble blowing as distractions during procedures. Read the article here.
  • Delirium severity score; obesity and diabetes; shock therapy for chronic calcific shoulder tendinitis – Annals of Internal Medicine
    1. New delirium severity score helps to predict outcomes for hospitalized patientsA new delirium severity score proves accurate for predicting important clinical outcomes in hospitalized... Pain / Anesthetics News From Medical News Today
Daniel Carr, MD, FABPM
Pain Research, Education, and Policy Program
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA


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