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January 3, 2023

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Treating Gut Pain Via a Nobel Prize-Winning Receptor

Dec. 22, 2022 — Targeting a receptor responsible for our sense of touch and temperature, which researchers have now found to be present in our colon, could provide a new avenue for treating chronic pain associated …

Virtual Reality Helps Reduce Patient Anxiety and Need for Sedatives During Hand Surgery

Dec. 7, 2022 — Recent research shows patients using virtual reality technology during elective hand surgery required less anesthesia for anxiety during …

Discovery Involving Sodium Could Lead to Safer Painkillers Such as Fentanyl

Nov. 30, 2022 — A collaboration of scientists found a novel way to render benign the worst side effects of …

Scientists Discover a New Mechanism to Generate Cartilage Cells

Nov. 30, 2022 — Cartilage degeneration and injuries affect 350 million people worldwide. Patients with these conditions experience increased pain and discomfort over time. However, an exciting breakthrough in tissue …

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Quarter of Former Olympians Suffer from Osteoarthritis

Nov. 23, 2022 — Competing at elite level in sport is linked with an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis and joint pain in later life, a study suggests. One in four retired Olympians reported a diagnosis of …

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Molecular Hydrogen as a New Strategy for the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Dec. 13, 2022 — Researchers demonstrate in animal models that water enriched with hydrogen molecules (H2) improves the symptomatology of neuropathic pain and related emotional …

High-Fat Diet Can Provoke Pain Sensitivity Without Obesity, Diabetes

Nov. 14, 2022 — A new study in mice suggests that a short-term exposure to a high-fat diet may be linked to pain sensations even in the absence of a prior injury or a preexisting condition like obesity or diabetes. …

Long-Term Physical and Mental Health Outcomes After COVID-19 Occur in All Ages

Nov. 10, 2022 — Following COVID-19 infection, there is significant new onset morbidity in children, adolescents and adults across 13 distinct diagnosis and symptom complexes, according to a new …

Study Analyzing Often-Overlooked Racial/ethnic Groups Provides a New Understanding of Pain Disparities in the U.S.

Nov. 9, 2022 — Racial and ethnic disparities in pain prevalence in the U.S. are far larger than previously realized, according to the results of a new …

One in Five Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis in England Were Undiagnosed During the Pandemic, Study Finds

Nov. 4, 2022 — The number of new diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis fell by 20 percent in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, new research …

Gene Associated With Lupus May Protect Against Severe COVID-19 Infection

Nov. 3, 2022 — Some genetic variants may put people at risk of autoimmune diseases while conferring protection against the outcome of viral infection. A new study suggests that genetic predisposition for systemic …

Chronic Pain Associated With Poor Health — And COVID-19 Infection — Decades Later

Nov. 2, 2022 — People who suffer from chronic pain at age 44 are more like to report pain, poor general health, poor mental health outcomes and joblessness in their 50s and 60s, according to a new …

Getting to the Heart of COVID-19 Vaccination and Its Cardiovascular Risks

Nov. 1, 2022 — After mRNA vaccination, adults under 40 have a slightly greater chance of developing myocarditis or pericarditis, yet the vaccine’s benefits outweigh the risks, according to a new …

Battery-Free, Light-Powered Pacemaker May Improve Quality of Life for Heart Disease Patients

Oct. 27, 2022 — Engineers are developing a new kind of pacemaker, which envelops the heart and uses precise targeting capabilities to bypass pain receptors and reduce patient …

Neuroimaging Study Reveals Functional and Structural Brain Abnormalities in People With Post-Treatment Lyme Disease

Oct. 26, 2022 — In a study using specialized imaging techniques, researchers report distinctive changes in the ‘white matter’ and other brain tissue physiology of those with post-treatment Lyme disease, a …

Scared of Injections? Try a Wearable Soft Robot to Ease Aversion to Needles

Oct. 21, 2022 — Researchers have shown that pain experienced by patients during medical treatments can be considerably alleviated by holding and experiencing the motions of a soft furry robot. Based on measures of …

Pain Relief Without Side Effects and Addiction

Oct. 19, 2022 — New substances that activate adrenalin receptors instead of opioid receptors have a similar pain relieving effect to opiates, but without the negative aspects such as respiratory depression and …

Treatment for Back Pain: 84 Percent Increase in Success Rate

Oct. 18, 2022 — If a therapy for chronic back pain is tailored specifically to a patient’s individual requirements, the chances of success are far greater than with standard forms of treatment. Accompanied by a …

Pain-Sensing Gut Neurons Protect Against Inflammation

Oct. 14, 2022 — Neurons that sense pain protect the gut from inflammation and associated tissue damage by regulating the microbial community living in the intestines, according to a new …

Study Finds Unexpected Protective Properties of Pain

Oct. 14, 2022 — The classic view of pain is that it protects by detecting and signaling the presence of harmful agents, but new research shows pain can shield the gut more …

Dietary Fiber Is Good for You, Except When It’s Not

Oct. 13, 2022 — People who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease may soon have access to personalized dietary guidelines to keep them feeling well, thanks to new research on how dietary fiber affects the disease. …

Home Sensors Can Detect Opioid Withdrawal Signs at Night

Oct. 10, 2022 — Some smart home technology could help curb opioid overdose. A pilot study showed that a set of noninvasive home sensors could provide accurate information about overnight restlessness and sleep …

Daylight Hours Impact Opioid Receptor Levels in Brown Fat

Oct. 7, 2022 — Researchers have observed that the length of daylight hours impacts opioid receptor levels in brown fat. When daylight hours shorten, the receptor activity levels elevate. A similar phenomenon also …

Non-Opioid Compounds Squelch Pain Without Sedation

Sep. 30, 2022 — A newly identified set of molecules alleviated pain in mice while avoiding the sedating affect that limits the use of opiates, according to a new study. The molecules act on the same receptor as …

Two Birds One Stone Strategy to Treat Both Joint Pain and Cognitive Impairment in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sep. 29, 2022 — As well as causing considerable pain, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can also trigger neuropsychiatric problems including memory impairment. Scientists have now examined the role of monoamine oxidase-B …

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