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A rose is a rose is a rose. And an emoji of a rose is even easier to “get.” There are over 3500 Unicode Standard emoji, including medical-specific ones such as a pill or a syringe. Newer added emoji include a stethoscope, microbe, and drop of blood. Authors of a JAMA commentary suggest even more...

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Information in a preprint article, as yet not peer reviewed, aims to better understand the brain’s reward system via the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) circuits. Via fMRI, researchers compared healthy controls and patients with fibromyalgia, looking at NAcc medial prefrontal cortexes (MPFC), functional...

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According to an article published in the Journal of Pain Research, “chronic headache is the second leading cause of years lived with disability worldwide.” Researchers report the results of a 10 year study of Veterans and chronic pain. Over 3 million Veterans with at least 1 chronic pain condition...

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What are the rates of fatigue, anxiety, depression, and pain after a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS)? Does symptom severity change after a year? A new article published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal studied the occurrences of symptoms in the year post an MS diagnosis. Via self-reports at 6...

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Can changes in diet also change the frequency and severity of migraine headaches? Researchers published their findings in BMJ. For this study, 182 participants with migraine altered their daily intake of eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid, and linoleic acid; 67% of participants had chronic...

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Early detection for dementia or stroke risk could improve outcomes. In a retrospective cohort study reported in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, researchers used Framingham Heart Study data. After determining widespread pain, and those who were dementia-free at baseline, researchers followed up...

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Does poverty impact patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? Does it affect their functional status (FS)? In what may be the largest national evaluation of FS outcomes in individuals with RA, researchers published their findings in JAMA Open Network, after a review of almost 84,000 patients, culled...

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Exercise Rehabilitation in Veteran Cancer Survivors is a clinical trial from the Baltimore VA Medical Center. It seeks to determine the efficacy of exercise for patients who have survived lung cancer but have neuropathic pain, a common problem after surgery and chemotherapy. “The ultimate goal of...

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The journal of Minimally Invasive Surgery published an article in which the researchers systematically reviewed the literature to evaluate the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. 373 MS patients were found after a review of 452 articles and 7 studies...

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The Stars and Stripes website reports that those in the military “are in constant pain” at a much higher rate than civilians, according to a study by the Rand Corporation—a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges. As many as 44% of active duty...

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