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BiM in Review 2010



The 2024 Global Year will examine what is known about sex and gender differences in pain perception and modulation and address sex-and gender-related disparities in both the research and treatment of pain.

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In reviewing 2010 for BiM, we wanted to gather together in one place the gems and nuggets that have been written in the last year.

A big big THANK YOU to the 40 writers who have taken time out to explain their research and thinking as well as the many readers and commenters to the posts in various places on the interweb – the blog, facebook, twitter etc….  Our community stretches across 156 countries, from Botswana to Libia and beyond.  Why is this important to us?  Our aim is to better facilitate and disseminate credible clinical science research.

Some highlights – ‘Don’t drink in the dark’ was about beer and mossies, placebo, acupuncture and back pain featured amongst those blogs that were most read, along with surveys on black coffee noses, and research into smelly socks.  Enjoy browsing, I certainly did putting this together.  The table is interactive – so you can rearrange the posts by author name, or search on the title.

Pain Effect size (strength of evidence)Function Effect size (strength of evidence)
Chronic tension
Moderate (+)
Short term and long-term
Moderate† (+)
Short term
FibromyalgiaSmall† to moderate• (+)
Long term
Small† to moderate• (+)
Intermediate term
Low back pain (acute)Moderate (+)•Moderate (+)•
Low back pain (persistent)Small (++)†
short term: massage
intermediate term: manipulations
Small (+)† for both short & intermediate terms
Low back pain (pregnancy/post-partum)Pregnancy:
Moderate (+)•
Small (++)•
Moderate (+)•
Small (+)•
Neck pain (persistent)Small (+)† to moderate (+)•
Short term
Moderate (+)†,•
Short term
Osteoarthritis knee painModerate (+/++)†
Short and moderate terms
Small (+)†
Short-term effects
Osteoarthritis hip painSmall (+)†
Short term
Small (+)†
Short and intermediate terms
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