Medical Research

Clinical researchers give medicine a necessary shot in the arm

Researchers at the University of Maryland recently announced a potential breakthrough in "neuropathic" pain -- pain that results from malfunctioning or damaged nerves. Neuropathic pain afflicts 100 million Americans and costs the nation over half a trillion dollars every year.

Though the condition isn't caused by physical trauma, it can create a phantom sensation ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating agony. The Maryland researchers developed a new technique that uses ultrasound waves to neutralize pain.

That research team has a distinctive feature: It's composed of physician-scientists. These specialized healthcare providers treat patients while conducting...