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Issue 39 (Summer 2013)

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Editorial

Guideline season in musculoskeletal medicine is here, with back pain, gout, fibromyalgia and most recently imaging in rheumatoid arthritis appearing on the editorial desktop.

New Canadian fibromyalgia guidelines were published online on 6 May and, with the subsequent online discussion, make interesting reading for GPs. The understanding of fibromyalgia has completely changed from a soft tissue disorder to a neuropathic condition with abnormalities in pain processing. We highlight some of the important points below.

And on the subject of completely new understandings how about antibiotics to treat low back pain! 

Adrian Dunbar, Medical Editor

Fibromyalgia – new guidelines

New Canadian guidelines confirm the clear message that fibromyalgia is a condition that should be diagnosed and treated in primary care....

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Gout – a bowl of cherries, sir?

The notion that consumption of cherries or cherry extract may help prevent episodes of gout has been around for some time. A recent paper from Boston offers early evidence to support this....

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Antibiotics to treat low back pain

The media have been buzzing recently following the publication of two studies from Denmark on disc infection with skin bacteria....

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MRI overuse in low back pain

Following the above revelations a Canadian study on the appropriateness of requests for MRI scanning for low back pain is interesting....

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