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Ask any kid: a soft cuddly stuffed toy can help with sleep and anxiety. Can a soft robot, worn and clenched by a person in pain or fearing an injection, also provide comfort? What if it clenches back? Researchers developed a soft, wearable robot with airbags and tested/compared scenarios:

  • The...

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The Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine reports findings from 2 cases of rare mesenteric panniculitis (MP)—inflammation of mesentery fat—in patients during their second week of having COVID. Although 1 of the patients had a mild case and the other severe, both experienced higher inflammatory...

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Is neck pain an initial symptom of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) development? Researchers publishing their findings in the journal Cureus say very likely YES. Neck muscle groups—the trapezius, splenius capitis, sternocleidomastoid, anterior digastric, posterior digastric muscle—were studied in 44...

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The American Journal of Psychiatry has published research uncovering how mindfulness impacts the neural signatures of pain modulation. Researchers randomly assigned 115 healthy people to either mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), an active control condition (health enhancement program [HEP])...

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A small study, published in JAMA, interviewed 28 patients about their gender identity detransition healthcare experiences. Although most did not regret the decision, study participants did avoid seeing doctors, felt stigmatized, and encountered less than knowledgeable clinicians. Why did people...

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Yes, playing sports is fun and good for you. Sports injuries, however, abound. An article in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery discusses causes, prevention, and treatment tips for the debilitating wrist and hand pain that may come with playing sports that utilize racquets/sticks, such as golf...

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The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is against recent proposed cuts in the 2023 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Physician Fee Schedule. According to the press release, these reductions will add to the already existing financial strain anesthesia groups face. In addition,...

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A study in the journal of Pain reports the value of mindfulness meditation and its ability to relieve pain. Researchers randomized 40 participants to 4 sessions of mindfulness meditation or book-listening. Compared to controls, responses in behavioral and neural pain were significantly reduced in...

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Shoulder pain is, globally, the 3rd most common musculoskeletal complaint, and rotator cuff tendinopathy—whether acute or chronic—is a leading cause of shoulder pain. Prevalence is high, with up to 70% of the world having shoulder pain at some point, and up to a half still having pain at a year’s...

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The Journal of Pain Research reports that not only the patients in the ICU are in pain. A cross-sectional study of 356 people—including nurses, doctors, and other workers—in a tertiary hospital in China showed high percentages of people in pain:

  • ICU nurses: 72%
  • ICU doctors: 64%
  • ICU workers...

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