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Mindfulness Found to Reduce Opioid Use

December 8th, 2014
A new program for people with chronic pain helps individuals reduce the need for opioid medications. Researchers from the University of Utah developed a program called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) that applies mindfulness techniques to alleviate pain and craving. The MORE intervention concentrates on ...

Most People Pay Double to Spare Stranger from Pain

December 2nd, 2014
A new study shows that people are typically willing to sacrifice twice as much money to spare a stranger from pain, compared to the amount they would pay to spare themselves, even when their decision is anonymous. The study, conducted by researchers from ...

Study to Probe Pain After Childbirth, Sexual Health

December 1st, 2014
A new study investigates reported changes in women's sexual health after childbirth, often as a result of pelvic pain. Loyola University (Chicago) researchers aim to determine the extent to which pelvic pain influences sexual health. “Many women experience physical changes after childbirth. This can ...

Animal Study Reveals Off Switch for Pain

November 29th, 2014
Researchers have discovered a way to block chronic pain in rodents, including pain caused by chemotherapeutic agents and bone cancer, suggesting a promising new approach to pain relief. The research, published in the medical journal Brain, demonstrated that turning on a receptor in ...

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 ...
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