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Categories: Pain management


Small studies belie Boston Scientific’s claims about safety and effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation


Journal gives balanced look at comparative harms from analgesics given to children after surgery

2 8/8/2016

Non-drug pain treatment for people with addiction: UMich release doesn’t quantify how much intervention helped


Surgery for chronic headaches? PR release strikes the right tone for making the pitch

2 11/20/2015

Does viscosupplementation for knee osteoarthritis in seniors really do the job?

2 11/5/2015

Acupuncture, Alexander Technique offer modest relief for neck pain but at what cost?

3 10/28/2015

Strong with statistics, release on sacroiliac joint pain treatment downplays study bias


No caution on placebo effects in small, open-label study of brain stimulation for post-stroke pain