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Mental & Physical Pain May Be Different After All

November 19th, 2014
New research may rewrite how we believe pain is processed by the brain. For the last decade, neuroscientists have believed that the brain processes physical and social pain in a similar manner. Now, a new study from the University of Colorado shows that the ...

Rat Study Suggests Oxycodone Can Cause Long-term Behavioral Changes

November 18th, 2014
New research using a rat model suggests even brief usage of the painkiller oxycodone may impair behavior in a person even after use of the medication ends. Investigators believe use of oxycodone may result in a “cognitive hangover” that can lead to enduring ...

Pre-Op Pain & Depression Put Elders at Risk for Later Delirium

November 4th, 2014
A new study suggests elders who suffer pain and depression before a surgery need to be aware of the risk for post-surgical delirium. Delirium is associated with a sharp decline in attention and mental function. Older adults are especially susceptible to delirium following ...

Are Your Sexual Fantasies Normal?

November 1st, 2014
Having sex with two women is a common fantasy, but fantasizing about "golden showers" or sex with a prostitute is not, according to a new study. Researchers at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal, affiliated with ...

Brain Study Suggests Biomarker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

October 30th, 2014
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a perplexing condition characterized by extreme fatigue that can worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn't improve with rest. While the cause remains unknown, a new imaging study has found distinct differences between the brains of CFS patients ...

1 in 5 Americans Face Chronic Pain

October 28th, 2014
A new analysis suggests nearly one in five U.S. adults are in pain most every day for spells of three months or longer. Researchers estimate the 39 million adults in persistent pain outnumber the residents of our most populous state, California. According to previous ...

Waking While Under General Anesthetic Can Trigger Problems Later

October 27th, 2014
A recent study of people who have been accidentally conscious while under a general anesthetic shows it can have a long-term impact. The patient remains conscious in about one in every 19,000 general anesthetics, said researchers led by Dr. Jaideep Pandit of Oxford ...

Nerve Block Eases Worst PTSD in Vets

October 13th, 2014
A small pilot study demonstrated that a common anesthetic procedure significantly helped veterans suffering from chronic, extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting, researchers followed 12 patients with PTSD who had undergone a simple anesthetic procedure called ...

Pain Words Problematic for Those in Pain

October 6th, 2014
A new study finds that words related to pain -- such as discomfort, agony, and misery -- attract more attention among those suffering from chronic pain. York University researchers used state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology to determine that people in pain look longer at pain-related words. “People ...

Depression Linked to Abnormal Pain Processing in IBS Patients

October 4th, 2014
Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) process pain signals from the gut abnormally, according to new research. These disturbed brain responses to pain are especially severe in patients with more depression symptoms. "Our study has shown that patients with IBS are less able ...
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