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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 ...

Rat Study: Females More Sensitive to Cannabis

September 6th, 2014
Due to higher estrogen levels, females are at least 30 percent more sensitive to the pain-relieving effects of THC (the active ingredient in cannabis) compared to males, according to a new rat study at Washington State University (WSU). Females are also more susceptible ...

Specialized Psychotherapy Shown to Help Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis

August 25th, 2014
New research from Wayne State and Duke universities suggests a non-pharmaceutical approach can help individuals cope with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a serious autoimmune disease that affects one to two percent of adults, a painful condition that can cause disability and joint ...

Tinkering With Genes to Prevent Migraines

August 20th, 2014
Two new drugs in promising clinical trials use genetic engineering to prevent migraine headaches, the third most common and seventh most disabling medical disorder in the world. Both use genetically engineered "monoclonal antibodies" attacking a new target in migraine prevention, a small protein known as ...

Childbirth Pain May Influence Depression

July 24th, 2014
A provocative new editorial suggests controlling pain during childbirth and after delivery may reduce the risk of postpartum depression. Katherine Wisner, M.D., a perinatal psychiatrist, bases her hypothesis on a new Chinese study that found women who had pain control with epidural anesthesia ...

Critical Illness Brings Risk of Psychiatric Problems

July 14th, 2014
Recent findings indicate that the risk of a psychiatric diagnosis increases after a person suffers a critical illness. More patients than ever are surviving critical illness due to advances in medical care, but critically ill patients are exposed to a great deal ...

How the Brain Locates Pain Without Touch

June 7th, 2014
How the Brain Locates Pain Without TouchA new study shows for the first time how the brain is able to identify where pain is located in the body without the sense of touch. This honing ...
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