Recent Health News
Ex-Packer Craig Newsome fights pain, addiction
Those Extra Pounds Could Harm Your Back
"Overweight and obese adults are at significantly increased risk for lumbar spine disc degeneration, a potential cause of low back pain, researchers say."
"As many as one-third of cancer patients may be receiving inadequate treatment to control their pain, even though many medicines are available to help, new research suggests."
"Weekly yoga classes relieve symptoms of low back pain about as well as intense, regular stretching sessions, a new study shows."
You Can Think Your Way Out of Pain
"The results of a growing number of studies indicate that we can exert a surprising level of control over the intensity of our painful experiences using relatively simple mental strategies. They work by altering patterns of activation in these key pain-related brain regions..."
Scientists Hint at Why Laughter Feels So Good
"Laughter is regularly promoted as a source of health and well being, but it has been hard to pin down exactly why laughing until it hurts feels so good...The results, when analyzed, showed that laughing increased pain resistance..."
Too few with arthritis are exercising, study finds
"Numbers lower than expected even though research has shown that exercise can reduce pain."
"The larger lesson is that, for far too long, we've been treating pain as a purely physical problem, a sensation rooted in the breakdown of the flesh..."
"Pain is more than just a complaint -- it’s a public health issue. And the time has come to do something about it. So concludes a new report from the Institute of Medicine, written at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services."
Heartache or headache, pain process is similar, studies find
"The brain's shared pain network illustrates the link between body and mind, and it may help explain how emotional ups or downs affect health too."
Taking short breaks alleviates back pain
"Preventing back pain might be as easy as getting up from your chair and walking every couple of hours..."
Do the sexes experience pain differently?
"Question: Do men and women differ in their tolerance to pain? Answer: Recent research has shown that genetic and gender differences play a role in pain tolerance..."
Yoga May Combat Fibromyalgia Symptoms
"Yoga that includes gentle stretches and meditation may help alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia, a small study finds."
The Gender Gap: Learning Why Men and Women Experience Pain Differently
"A small pilot study suggests that electrical stimulation of the occipital nerve, which connects the spinal cord to the back of the brain, can ease chronic migraine in some patients for whom other forms of treatment are unsuccessful. If the results can be confirmed, the approach could provide another tool to fight what can be a severely debilitating disorder."
Pain Doctors Want Drug Tracking
"More than a hundred pain management specialists from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), including Advanced Pain Management’s David Bryce, M.D., were recently in Washington to warn lawmakers about the dangers of prescription drug abuse."
When Pain Becomes Chronic
That's a nightmare come true for millions of Americans who spend every day in a world of hurt. And the problem will get only bigger. "As our demographics change, and we live longer, more people will experience chronic pain," says Dr. Lynn Webster, medical director of the Lifetree Clinical Research and Pain Clinic in Salt Lake City."
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