Clinical Trends for October 2016

Ryan Syrek


October 28, 2016

Each week, we identify one top search term, speculate as to what caused its popularity, and provide an infographic on a related condition. If you have thoughts about what's trending and why, feel free to share them with us on Twitter or Facebook!

Clinical Trend of the Week (October 22-28): Fibromyalgia

Imaging findings involving a sometimes controversial condition resulted in this week's top search term. A study in the journal Pain that involved 37 patients with fibromyalgia and 35 control subjects examined the potential use of functional MRI (fMRI). Researchers found 3 submarkers that correlated with the hypersensitivity to pain that characterizes the condition. These results may represent a framework by which therapeutic mechanisms can be assessed and treatment response can be predicted. It may also allow for easier diagnosis of fibromyalgia, which no doubt resulted in the increased popularity of this week's top search term.

For info on fibromyalgia, read here.


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