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Regular Excercise Helps Reducing Diabetic Nerve Pain

Regular Excercise Helps Reducing Diabetic Nerve Pain

Regular exercise reduces the development of painful diabetic neuropathy in animals—apparently related to increased expression of a protective substance called “heat shock protein” 72 (Hsp72), reports an experimental study in the February issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). The observations add to previous studies suggesting that “progressive […]

Gene Causing Women’s Back Pain Discovered

Gene Causing Women’s Back Pain Discovered

The researchers have achieved a milestone with the discovery of  a link between a gene and a form of lower back pain that affects over a third of middle aged women. In a study published in the journal Annals of Rheumatic Disease, British scientists identified the PARK2 gene as a possible cause for degeneration of the inter-vertebral discs […]

Shoes Restricting Foot Movement Increase Knee Osteoarthritis Risk

Shoes Restricting Foot Movement Increase Knee Osteoarthritis Risk

Are you suffering from knee-osteoarthritis?It could be because of the kind of shoe you wear. A recently concluded reseach study, at Rush Medical College, shows that slippers, or flip-flops, and flat walking shoes put the least pressure on the knee, while shoes that restrict foot movement increase the risk of knee osteoarthritis (OA). Findings of the study […]

Stretching and Yoga Effectively Treat Chronic Lower Back Pain

Stretching and Yoga Effectively Treat Chronic Lower Back Pain

Chronic low back pain is a common problem lacking highly effective treatment options. Small trials suggest that yoga may have benefits for this condition. The trial was designed to determine whether yoga is more effective than conventional stretching exercises or a self-care book for primary care patients with chronic low back pain. Chronic lower back […]

Doctors Often Biased Treating Pain of Disliked Patients

Doctors Often Biased Treating Pain of Disliked Patients

Doctors have been found to be biased while treating patients with chronic and severe pain.Findings of a recently concluded research study revealed that people tend to underestimate pain intensity and are less sympathetic to a patient’s pain when the patient is not well-liked. The study, published in the October 2011 issue of Pain, has alarming implications for patient […]

Genital Pain Not Uncommon Among Women

Genital Pain Not Uncommon Among Women

(Reuters Health) – As many as one in 12 women say they have a type of genital pain known as vulvodynia, yet few have been diagnosed with it, a new survey suggests. Vulvodynia refers to pain in the external genital area that can either be chronic or arise from contact, including sex, tampon insertion or […]

Good Genuine Laughter Helps Combat Pain

Good Genuine Laughter Helps Combat Pain

Good genuine laughter not only makes you feel better but alsohelps in combats pain. While a polite titter may keep others happy, it does nothing to raise levels of feel-good endorphins, say the Oxford University scientists. Professor Robin Dunbar, one of Britain’s leading evolutionary biologists, recorded the amount of laughter produced when his subjects watched comedy videos […]

Babies Recognize Pain Even Before They Are Born

Babies Recognize Pain Even Before They Are Born

A recently concluded research study established that the babies begin to recognise pain even  before they are born. Babies learn to tell the difference between pain and touch from around the 35th to 37th week of pregnancy, according to this research findings. The findings were published in the journal Current Biology. Researchers measured the brain waves of […]

New Gene That Regulates Chronic Pain Discovered

New Gene That Regulates Chronic Pain Discovered

Scientists have discovered a gene that regulates chronic pain, a finding that could potentially boost the effectiveness of painkilling drugs, according to a new study in the journal Science. The gene is termed as HCN2 and it is is located at the pain-sensitive ends of nerves, Reuters reported. Apparently scientists had known about the existence of HCN2 before, but didn’t […]

Why Men and Women Experience Pain Differently

Why Men and Women Experience Pain Differently

Women and men experience pain, particularly chronic pain, very differently. The ability of some opioids to relieve pain also differs between women and men. While it has been recognized since the mid-nineties that some narcotic analgesics are more effective in women than men, the reason for this difference was largely unknown. Narcotic analgesics decrease pain […]