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29-10-2014 | Paediatrics | Article

Hypocalcaemic seizure surveillance highlights UK public health policy failings

The occurrence of 91 confirmed or probable hypocalcaemic seizures in children with vitamin D deficiency over a 2-year period in the UK highlights a failure to promote appropriate supplementation.


J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2014; Advance online publication

12-10-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Pain classification with VAS scores ‘doubtful’

Researchers advise caution when using cutoff points on the visual analogue scale (VAS) to classify mild, moderate or severe pain in clinical practice.


Pain 2014; Advance online publication

12-10-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Bone mineral density not linked to musculoskeletal pain

Bone mineral density does not contribute to musculoskeletal pain, researchers report in findings that shed light on the controversy over whether osteoporosis is a painless disease.


Clin Rheumatol 2014; Advance online publication

05-10-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Acupuncture fails to hit the mark for chronic knee pain

Research findings do not support the use of needle or laser acupuncture for treating chronic knee pain in patients older than 50 years.


JAMA 2014; 312: 1313–1322

29-09-2014 | Paediatrics | Article

Recommendations for nutritional rickets announced

New consensus recommendations for the management of nutritional rickets include universal vitamin D supplementation during the first year of life.


European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting; Dublin, Ireland: 18–20 September 2014

28-09-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Weekly musculoskeletal pain on the rise among young adults

Research from Finland shows an increase in the prevalence of frequent musculoskeletal symptoms in young adults, which suggests the need for early intervention.


Eur J Pain 2014; 18: 1316–1322

21-09-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Neuropathic pain phenotype identified in knee osteoarthritis

Some patients with knee osteoarthritis may experience neuropathic-like symptoms associated with central pain processing, reflecting a discrete phenotype, study findings suggest.


Arthritis Care Res 2014; Advance online publication

07-09-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Inadequate pain relief common in knee osteoarthritis

Patients with knee osteoarthritis requiring analgesic therapy are often not receiving adequate pain relief, researchers report.


Rheumatology 2014; Advance online publication

24-08-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Knee pain when using stairs early clue to OA

Feeling knee pain during weight-bearing activities involving knee bending, such as using stairs, could be an early sign of osteoarthritis and the need for intervention, research indicates.


Arthritis Care Res 2014; Advance online publication

27-07-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Opioid use does not impair reverse shoulder arthroplasty success

Taking opioids prior to reverse shoulder arthroplasty does not hamper patients’ chances of having successful outcomes, researchers have found.


J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2014; Advance online publication

20-07-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Telecare approach improves chronic musculoskeletal pain management

A collaborative care approach delivered by telephone is effective for managing chronic musculoskeletal pain, show findings from the Stepped Care to Optimize Pain Care Effectiveness study.


JAMA 2014; 312: 235, 240–248

13-07-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Embolisation of abnormal neovessels relieves osteoarthritic knee pain

Transcatheter arterial embolisation relieves knee pain in patients with moderate osteoarthritis who are resistant to pharmacological pain management, research suggests.


Cadiovasc Intervent Radiol 2014; Advance online publication

29-06-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Pre-op assessment could improve post-op pain after arthroplasty

Spanish researchers have developed recommendations on how to assess and manage preoperative pain in patients undergoing total knee or total hip replacement.


European League Against Rheumatism annual congress; Paris, France: 11–14 June 2014

22-06-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Pain predicts physical activity avoidance in early knee OA

Patients with early symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee avoid performing normal daily physical activities because they are experiencing pain, findings of a large, longitudinal study suggest.


European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) annual congress; Paris, France: 11–14 June 2014

25-05-2014 | Orthopaedics | Article

Physical therapy may not benefit hip osteoarthritis

Researchers have questioned the value of physical therapy for painful hip osteoarthritis in a study published in




JAMA 2014; 311: 1987–1997

27-04-2014 | Orthopaedics | Article

High rate of chronic pain found after general surgery

More than 2 years after undergoing an operation, almost 15% of general surgery patients suffer from chronic postsurgical pain, say researchers.


Pain Med 2014; Advance online publication

02-02-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Low back pain hinders knee replacement recovery

Patients with symptomatic low back pain have a worse outcome 2 years after total knee arthroplasty than those not suffering from such coexisting pain, study findings show.


Knee 2014; Advance online publication

26-01-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Shoulder arthroplasty ‘reliable’ for easing rheumatoid arthritis pain

Shoulder replacement surgery can relieve pain and improve range of motion in most patients with rheumatoid arthritis who have failed to respond to medication and physical therapy, say researchers.


J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2013; Advance online publication

24-11-2013 | Orthopaedics | Article

Burden of knee and lumbar pain in Japanese population clarified

More than one in 10 of the general population in Japan have pain in both lumbar spine and knee, a cohort study has found.


J Bone Miner Metab 2013; Advance online publication

17-11-2013 | Orthopaedics | Article

Postoperative pain increased with sequential surgery

Pain sensitivity in patients who undergo staged bilateral total knee arthroscopy is greater after the second than the first operation, a study by South Korean researchers has found.


Pain 2013; Advance online publication