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Scrambler therapy for incident pain in bone metastases

Lauren E. Berninger, DO; and Thomas J. Smith, MD
The authors present the case of a 69 year old man with shoulder destruction due to bone metastases who was able to use his arm for normal activities without pain after three sessions of scrambler therapy, a noninvasive form of electrical neuromodulation that requires further study.
J Osteopath Med; 121(6): 539-542

The use of 3D printing for osteopathic medical education of rib disorders

Kevin Moriles, MS; Amanda Ramnot, BS; Michael Lai, BS; Robin J. Jacobs, PhD, MSW, MS, MPH; and Yasmin Qureshi, EdD, DPT, MHS
To determine the viability of a 3D-printed mechanically moveable rib cage in enhancing the teaching of rib osteopathic principles, the authors enrolled 237 first-year medical students in a comparative course; both sets of students received the same standardized lecture on rib dysfunction, but one set utilized a prototype 3D model rather than the traditional static model. Entrance and exit surveys assessed subjective student satisfaction and objective scores for knowledge of OMM rib dysfunction and treatment.
J Osteopath Med; 121(3): 255-263

Toward the use of medical scent detection dogs for COVID-19 screening

Tommy Dickey, PhD, MS, MA, and Heather Junqueira, CVT
Current testing for COVID-19 is typically reliant upon collection of nasal swab samples from subjects, which can be intrusive, time-consuming, and subject to high false negative as well as false positive rates. In this narrative review, the author describes 4 recent studies demonstrating a high level of sensitivity, specificity, and overall success rates for the use of trained scent detection dogs to detect volatile organic compounds associated with COVID-19; the results of those studies were comparable to or better than the current standard procedures, yielding a promising option for nonintrusive testing in large public settings.
J Osteopath Med; 1(2): 141-148

Robotic microsurgical spermatic cord denervation for chronic orchialgia: a case series

Michael A. Goedde, BS; Kristy D. Nguyen, MD; and Kellen B. Choi, DO
The authors describe an adaptation and improvement of spermatic cord microdenervation technique that leverages the robotic surgical training common for new urologists and is also accessible for urologists not specifically trained in microsurgery.
J Osteopath Med; 1(1): 29-34