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Omega-3 supplements and antioxidants may help with preclinical Alzheimer disease
Jun 30, 2015
Here's more evidence that fish oil supplementation and antioxidants might be beneficial for at least some people facing Alzheimer disease: a new report published in The FASEB Journal describes the findings of a small study in which people with mild clinical impairment saw clearance of the hallmark amyloid-beta protein and reduced inflammation in neurologic tissues.
His and her pain circuitry in the spinal cord
Jun 29, 2015
New research released today in Nature Neuroscience reveals for the first time that pain is processed in male and female mice using different cells. These findings have far-reaching implications for our basic understanding of pain, how we develop the next generation of medications for chronic pain and the way we execute basic biomedical research using mice.
Study links brain inflammation triggered by chronic pain to anxiety and depression
Jun 09, 2015
Brain inflammation caused by chronic nerve pain alters activity in regions that regulate mood and motivation, suggesting for the first time that a direct biophysical link exists between long-term pain and the depression, anxiety, and substance abuse seen in more than half of these patients, UC Irvine and UCLA researchers report.
Impaired sleep linked to lower pain tolerance
May 01, 2015
People with insomnia and other sleep problems have increased sensitivity to pain, reports a study published in PAIN®. The new study is the first to link insomnia and impaired sleep to reduced pain tolerance in a large, general population sample.
Cellular signals for pain fine tune neurons’ sensitivity to opiods
Apr 13, 2015
At the cellular level, pain and pain relief are caused by 2 different signaling pathways. But the 2 pathways aren't necessarily independent of one another, according to a study published in Cell Reports. The researchers determined the mechanism by which cellular signals for pain fine-tunes neurons' sensitivity to opioids. The finding could help researchers better understand pain and addiction.
Researchers identify possible new targets for treating pain in women
Aug 18, 2011
Dissimilar interaction of opioid receptors may explain why men and women experience pain differently, according to a research findings published in both the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Neuroscience.
New imaging technique captures brain activity in patients with chronic low back pain
Jul 27, 2011
Research from Brigham and Women's Hospital uses a new imaging technique, arterial spin labeling, to show the areas of the brain that are activated when patients with low back pain have a worsening of their usual, chronic pain.
Yoga boosts cortisol, reduces pain
Jul 27, 2011
A new study by York University researchers finds that practicing yoga reduces the physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain in women with fibromyalgia.
Prescription pain medication addiction prevalent among chronic pain patients
Jul 22, 2011
A new study by Geisinger Health System researchers finds a high prevalence of prescription pain medication addiction among chronic pain patients. In addition, researchers found that the American Psychiatric Association’s new definition of addiction, which was expected to reduce the number of people considered addicts who take these medicines, actually resulted in the same percentage of people meeting the criteria of addiction.
Chronic pain in homeless people not managed well
Jul 21, 2011
Chronic pain is not managed well in the general population and it's an even greater challenge for homeless people, according to new research by St Michael's Hospital.
Chronic pain? Mindfulness based stress reduction can train the brain
Jun 16, 2011
The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness at UC San Diego Health System offers a novel program to help people who are dealing with chronic pain “train their brains” to lessen their experience of discomfort and, in some cases, eliminate it.
Neuroscientists map a new target to wipe pain away
Jun 06, 2011
Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered a peptide that short circuits a pathway for chronic pain. Unlike current treatments this peptide does not exhibit deleterious side effects such as reduced motor coordination, memory loss, or depression, according to an article in Nature Medicine posted online June 5, 2011.
More trials needed to assess pain drug safety in children
May 20, 2011
Can we be certain that pain medications considered safe for adults, based on extensive clinical data and experience, are equally safe for use in young children? Pediatric pain experts discussed this question today in a panel session at the American Pain Society annual scientific meeting and agreed more short- and long-term clinical data are needed to provide assurances about the safety and efficacy of several pain medications in children.
Alternative health practices show benefits for treating chronic pain
May 19, 2011
A variety of complementary and alternative health practices—including meditation and relaxation techniques, manual therapies such as massage and spinal manipulation, meditative exercise forms such as yoga, Tai Chi, and ancient health practices such as acupuncture—show promise for contributing to the management of pain according to research presented today at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society.
New treatment offers hope for spinal cord injuries
May 05, 2011
Rutgers researchers have developed an innovative new treatment that could help minimize nerve damage in spinal cord injuries, promote tissue healing, and minimize pain.
Pain and itch connected down deep
May 02, 2011
A new study published in this week's print edition of the journal Nature Neuroscience shows that itch receptors work through pain receptors on sensory neurons.
Ginkgo biloba reduces pain and inflammation in rats
Apr 27, 2011
Experiments in rats show that a standardized ginkgo extract—injected either into the spinal canal or directly into the injured area—effectively reduces inflammation and some types of pain, according to a report in the May issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.
AAN issues new guideline on best treatments for diabetic nerve pain
Apr 15, 2011
The American Academy of Neurology has issued a new guideline on the most effective treatments for diabetic nerve pain. The guideline is published in the April 11, 2011, online issue of Neurology®.
First clinical trial of gene therapy for pain
Apr 11, 2011
In the first clinical trial of gene therapy for treatment of intractable pain, researchers from the University of Michigan Department of Neurology observed that the treatment appears to provide substantial pain relief.
Demystifying meditation: brain imaging illustrates how meditation reduces pain
Apr 05, 2011
Meditation produces powerful pain-relieving effects in the brain, according to new research published in the April 6 edition of the Journal of Neuroscience.