Memory for Pain: Implications for Treatment and Research

The accuracy of pain recall has important implications for both clinical management and clinical trials in situations where pain is a prominent or primary symptom (or outcome measure). In this post, I share a few thoughts from the literature and my own research about the accuracy of remembered pain, and the benefits and limitations of…

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Najib Babul – Opioids for Neuropathic Pain: Worth the Risk?

Published on December 29, 2016 by Dr. Najib Babul Neuropathic pain is pain arising as a direct consequence of a lesion or disease affecting the somatosensory system, or put more simply, pain due to injury to sensory nerves. Neuropathic pain can be broadly divided into peripheral neuropathic pain and central neuropathic pain. Until relatively recently,…

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Najib Babul – Discusses How Opiophobia Impacts Pain Relief Efforts in Developing Countries

Physicians attempting to provide palliative care services in developing countries to patients with advanced cancer or HIV/AIDs face substantial hurdles because of opiophobia, an exaggerated fear about the risks of opioid analgesic use. Dr. Najib Babul, an accomplished developer of medicines to treat pain discusses how entrenched opiophobia has adversely impacted the delivery of pain…

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Najib Babul – On the Importance of Recognizing the Unsung Heroes of Pharmaceutical Innovations

Pharmaceutical support services company United BioSource Corporation (UBC) recently launched a marketing campaign celebrating the successes of the pharmaceutical industry, from advancements in HIV, hepatitis C and oncology, to everyday acts of helping patients and answering caregivers’ questions. Amidst a customarily antagonistic media environment “Pharma Heroes” highlights the individual contributions that impact countless patient lives…

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Najib Babul Explains Why Treatment Advances in Fibromyalgia Have Been Slow

Fibromyalgia is a common medical condition characterized by chronic widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbance affecting two to three percent of the total population. It is five to ten times more common in women than men, increases with age and can also be worsened by many factors, including physical trauma and emotional stress. Dr.…

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Najib Babul On the Accuracy of Pain Memory

Clinical management of pain requires a careful assessment of its history, including frequency, intensity, duration and quality of pain, as well as the impact of pain on daily activities. The accuracy and reliability of a patient’s recollection of pain are key in choosing treatment options, such as surgery, drug therapy or physical therapy. Unfortunately, clinicians…

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