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    How To Reduce Pain in Vulnerable Populations

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    If you have ever experienced chronic pain - or if you support someone who has - you know how debilitating it can be. It affects every part of your life - from your career...

    Lyme Disease is Worse Than We Thought

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    Summer is heating up, so don't let your guard down about Lyme disease. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the disease is more prevalent and has spread...
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    Fibromyalgia Associated With Premature Brain Aging

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    Fibromyalgia is a disease that causes widespread muscle and joint pain and can be categorized as either a musculoskeletal disease or psychological disorder. The cause of the disease is still unknown, and many researchers...
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    Fibromyalgia Acting Up? Don’t Blame the Weather

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    It's not uncommon for people with fibromyalgia to say the weather aggravates their symptoms. Fibro typically brings significant pain, fatigue, and tenderness at specific points on the body, along with other problems, like "fibro...
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    How Video Games Are Used to Treat Pain

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    If you’ve ever played video games, especially VR (virtual reality), have you noticed everything else just fades away? Call it exciting or creepy, but within seconds, you are literally unaware of your surroundings. The first...
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    Self-Tuning Brain Implant May Help with Parkinson’s Disease

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    NIH BRAIN Initiative-funded research a key first step to improving deep brain stimulation Deep brain stimulation has been used to treat Parkinson’s disease symptoms for 25 years, but limitations have led researchers to look for...
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    NIH-funded study suggests brain is hard-wired for chronic pain

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    Brain’s white matter may determine susceptibility to chronic pain. The structure of the brain may predict whether a person will suffer chronic low back pain, according to researchers who used brain scans. The results, published...
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    Less Painful Days with More Restful Nights

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    A sleep study shows the effectiveness of a longer night's rest to increase pain tolerance. A good night's rest might be a lot more beneficial than just beauty sleep. A study at the Sleep Disorders...
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    Virtual Reality for Pain Management

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    An ongoing study suggests that virtual reality for pain management may be effective treatment for pain sufferers, potentially combatting the opioid epidemic at the same time. Pioneered by Diane Gromala, PhD, a chronic pain...
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    Does Weather Affect Pain? Here’s What We Know

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    What is the Study? A team of medical practitioners in the United Kingdom is encouraging people with arthritis and other chronic pain conditions to share information about their symptoms via smartphone. By examining the symptoms...
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    How Gender Affects Chronic Pain

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    Women Feel Pain More Strongly Studies in mice suggest our sex hormones may influence our experience of pain. Male mice injected with the female sex hormone, estrogen, seem to tolerate pain less, while an injection...
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    Innovations in Treating Kids

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    If you caught our recent article on kids and teens with pain, you know that it's a growing problem. Maybe you're the parent of a child dealing with frequent headaches or stomach pain (two...
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    Could Adult Stem Cells Have the Answer for What Ails You?

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    Depending on your point of view, stem cells are either something medical science shouldn't be messing around with or rich with possibility for treating any number of serious ailments. And it's looking increasingly as...
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    Ouch: Looking Into Pain in Children and Teens

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    By Lorie A. Parch Though it's bad enough that so many adults endure daily discomfort, there's now solid evidence that more children and adolescents suffer many of the same aches. The July issue of the...
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    Do Women Get Too Much or Too Little Pain Medication?

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    A new study found that women are significantly more likely than men to be prescribed pain medication, regardless of age or socioeconomic status. You may not be surprised. Women worldwide have pain more often than...
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    Study: NSAIDs Raise Risk of Heart Problems

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    High doses of these common painkillers double the risk of heart failure, finds a new study. As every pain patient knows, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs--better known as NSAIDs--are the backbone of pain relief. So any risks...
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    Study: Multiple Sclerosis More Common in Black Women than White Women

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    A new study disputes the common belief that blacks have a lower risk of developing MS. The incidence of multiple sclerosis is higher in black women than in white women, according to a Kaiser...
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    Study: Funding, Access to Care Needed for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    The nonprofit Rheumatoid Patient Foundation recently released a white paper on the results of a survey of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, "Unmasking Rheumatoid Disease: The Patient Experience of Rheumatoid Arthritis." RA activist Kelly Young...
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    Social Networks May Help You Ease Pain

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    Studies show that being happy with the amount and quality of social support in your life translates to less pain and depression and better coping skills. So don't go it alone or suffer in...
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    2012: Top Trending Health Issue on Google

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    Some 59 percent of Americans who use the Web say they've searched for health information online in the past year, according to January data from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. It has...
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    Help for Headaches: A New Migraine Patch & Acupuncture

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    Migraine medications have come a long way in recent years. But with more than 29.5 million Americans enduring the debilitating headaches, according to the National Headache Foundation, there's still plenty of room for improvement. Thankfully, strides...
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    Researchers Discover A New Type of Chemotherapy

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    Scientists have discovered a new type of chemotherapy that locates a partner's gene and eradicates cancer cells. Scientists at the University of Alberta have discovered a partner gene, that when zapped, kills cancer cells. When a...
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    Report: Smoking Linked To Lower Back Pain

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    There are many causes of lower back pain, but new studies show that quitting smoking can dramatically decrease the pain. Back pain is a condition that plagues at least 80% of Americans at some point...
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    St. Jude’s Electronic Device Effectively Treats Chronic Migraines

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    A small, implanted device holds the power to reduce the intensity and frequency of migraines for many European patients St. Jude's Medical has been hard at work trying to get their revolutionary new device approved...

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