Fingertips to hair follicles: why ‘touch’ triggers pleasure and pain

When having your hair stroked, do you feel pleasure or annoyance?  Chances are, your answer varies depending upon the direction or speed of the stroke.  It’s an interesting phenomena, but one with a scientific explanation–there are sensors that wrap around the base of the hair follicles that only wrap around one half of the base.  […]

Patients across Europe to get improved access to pain medicines

Governments in a dozen European countries are set to implement recent research recommendations regarding patients’ inability to receive essential pain relievers.  The project, called Access to Opioid Medication in Europe (ATOME), was funded by the European Union and analyzed why opioid medications and methadone are not widely available in countries such as Poland and Turkey.  […]

A painless twelve days of Christmas, looking back

Join Dr. Jeffrey Fudin and guest blogger Jillian Leigh Faxon of Western New England University College of Pharmacy as they count down to Christmas in a fun and unique way that only those concerned with pain management can truly appreciate. Each day for twelve consecutive days leading up to Christmas, the blog will add an […]

Mummy remains refute antiquity of ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis, a systemic disease that causes inflammation in the spinal joints, has long been thought to have affected members of the ancient Egyptian royal families. Now, a recent study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology is refuting that claim, finding instead a degenerative spinal condition called diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) in royal Egyptian mummies […]

Study: Public feels more negative toward people with drug addiction than those with mental illness

According to new research out of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, people are significantly more likely to have negative attitudes toward those suffering from drug addiction than those with mental illness; further, people don’t generally support insurance, housing, and employment policies that benefit those dependent on drugs.  According to study leader Colleen L. […]