New Study Finds Oral Cannabis Ineffective in Treating Acute Pain

A study published in the July issue of the Journal Anesthesiology discovered that oral cannabis (a form of medical marijuana) not only failed to alleviate certain types of pain in human volunteers but, surprisingly, it instead caused increased sensitivity to some forms of pain.

Outcomes Similar With Resective or Drainage Procedures in Pancreatitis

Long-term follow-up of chronic pancreatitis patients who underwent the pylorus-preserving variant of the Whipple resection procedure shows that results are ultimately comparable to those achieved using the more recent Frey organ-sparing extended drainage approach, according to German researchers.

Gallbladder Removal Through the Mouth Causes Few Adverse Effects

Surgeons from the Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon, and Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, reported on the first 7 transgastric natural orifice transluminal surgery (NOTES) cholecystectomies ever performed on humans here at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons 2008 Annual Scientific Session and Postgraduate Course.

Diagnostic Methods to Treat Ear Pain in Primary Care Setting

News Author: Laurie Barclay, MDCME Author: Laurie Barclay, MD Otitis media and otitis externa are the most common causes of ear pain, according to the results of a review of diagnostic methods and causes published in the March 1 issue of American Family Physician.

Opioid and Nonopioid Therapies for the Management of Pain

Lynn R. Webster, MD, FACPM, FASAM     IntroductionThe evolving need of pain patients for safe, effective analgesia is driving research into new therapeutic modalities and fresh approaches to familiar treatments. Innovation, involving both opioid and nonopioid pain therapies, dominated discussion at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine held February 7-10 in […]

An Evidence-Based Algorithm for the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain

Nanna B. Finnerup, MD; Marit Otto, MD; Troels S. Jensen, MD, PhD; Søren H. Sindrup, MD, PhD Abstract Objective: The purpose of this article is to discuss an evidence-based algorithm that can be implemented by the primary care physician in his/her daily clinical practice for the treatment of patients with neuropathic pain conditions. Method: A […]

Common Sport Injuries

By Dr. Ramaz Mitaishvili – are a result of stress put on bones or muscles.– Most common are injuries to soft tissue – muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Dislocation – occurs when two bones are jolted apart at a joint and is often accompanied by a ligament tear in the joint. The pain is caused by […]

What is Acupuncture and how does it work?

The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Chi or Qi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy […]