Pain Stories In The News
Neuroscientists map a new target to wipe pain away
June 5, 2011 Source: Indiana University School of Medicine
Researchers have discovered a peptide that short circuits a pathway for chronic pain. Unlike current treatments, the peptide CBD3 does not exhibit deleterious side effects such as reduced motor coordination, memory loss, or depression. CBD3 can be given systemically and blocks pain in a variety of acute as well as chronic pain models
Virtual reality aids chronic pain – open house feature
May 27, 2011 Source: Simon Fraser University
Researcher Diane Gromala is developing new computerized therapies that will give chronic pain sufferers ways to express, visualize and keep track of their pain and caregivers. A chronic pain sufferer for more than 20 years, Gromala says technology – via virtual techniques, including virtual meditation and even video games – provides a route to pain management that sometimes has better results than pain relieving drugs.
3e Initiative proposes pain management recommendations, algorithm for IA
May 27, 2011 Source: Elsevier Global Medical News
A newly developed evidence-based set of recommendations and an algorithm for pharmacotherapy-based pain management in inflammatory arthritis achieved a high level of agreement among a multinational panel of rheumatologists who constitute the 2010 3e Initiative, according to a new report.
Chronic fatigue, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia linked with previous child abuse
May 26, 2011 Source: The Hospital for Sick Children
Children who are physically abused tend to have higher rates of "functional somatic syndromes" such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome when they grow up, says a new study. Some researchers think that child abuse may trigger structural changes in the body that make a person more vulnerable to illness. Others suggest that prolonged exposure to trauma in childhood might increase the brain's sensitivity to stress throughout life.
Children experience wrist and finger pain when using gaming devices and mobile phones over time, study suggests
May 26, 2011 Source: European League Against Rheumatism
A new study demonstrates that young children experience high levels of pain following long term use of gaming devices and mobile phones indicating that excessive gaming may negatively impact on joint health. Importantly, the length of time spent on the devices heightened the pain suffered, as data demonstrated that length of time was independently associated with the pain reported, with the odds of reporting pain increasing by two for every one hour of play.
Struggling with headaches? Visit your dentist
May 24, 2011 Source: British Dental Health Foundation
If you have a headache, quite often the first port of call is the medicine cabinet for pain relief or a visit to the doctor. However, if the problem persists it might be something you should mention to your dentist as the persistent cause may lie inside your mouth. The cause of your headaches could actually be caused by dental occlusion or temporomandibular joint disorder, which may be diagnosed and/or treated by your dentist.
More trials needed to assess pain drug safety in Children
May 20, 2011 Source: American Pain Society
To determine the safety of medications, extrapolating from adult clinical data has been the norm. But that doesn't provide assurances that opioids and other potent pain drugs are safe or effective, especially in young children. A key concern is the potential long-term consequences of chronic pain medication usage among infants and young children undergoing intensive care when children's bodies and internal organs are still developing.
Migraines, neck pain and infant colic are among conditions helped by craniosacral therapy
May 13, 2011 Source: Greenwich Hospital Center for Integrative Medicine
Sometimes, whether from emotional or physical stress, cerebrospinal becomes obstructed. The blockage contributes to pain and dysfunction. It can worsen or trigger migraine headaches, chronic neck or back pain, colic in babies, fatigue and other health problems. Blockage can occur at any age. CransioSacral therapy safely complements the body's natural healing processes, and is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to improve resiliency.
New survey finds 85% of Washingtonians are living with pain; nearly half believe pain is just a part of life
May 10, 2011 Source: American Osteopathic Association
According to a new survey, 85% of Washington residents say they, or someone they care for, have experienced pain in the past 30 days. 85% of people in Washington also underestimate the severity and prevalence of chronic pain. In response, the AOA launched the "Break Through Your Pain" public education campaign to raise awareness about the safe and effective treatment options available and to empower Washingtonians living with pain to get the help they need.
Former NBA star Allan Houston joins "Apply Yourself!" campaign to raise awareness of osteoarthritis hand and knee pain
May 9, 2011 Source: Endo Pharmaceuticals
Endo Pharmaceuticals today announced the launch of the "Apply Yourself!" Campaign created to encourage people suffering from osteoarthritis (OA) hand and knee pain to make pain relief a top personal priority. Former professional basketball player Allan Houston has joined the campaign to share his personal journey of how he approached his OA knee pain and developed a strategy in partnership with his physician, to help manage his condition.
Misdiagnosed and untreated, children and teens with fibromyalgia are aching for recognition
May 9, 2011 Source: MMG
Between 6 and 12 million people in the US have fibromyalgia, and about 1 in 6 people with fibromyalgia is younger than age 18. Fibromyalgia causes significant widespread pain and fatigue, which can make ordinary daily activities a real struggle. National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is May 12, 2011, and physicians conducting a study on adolescents with fibromyalgia are seeking to raise awareness about fibromyalgia in children and teens.