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Can psilocybin—a hallucinogenic chemical obtained from mushrooms—improve mental health in struggling Veterans? Arizona’s legislature may grant $30 million to help researchers find solutions via controlled trials. By studying whole mushrooms and their 100s of compounds, vs the synthetic, 1 molecule...

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Researchers surveyed the use of services—PCP visits, a pharmacist, a school nurse, outpatient appointments for injury—by over 8,000 adolescents (age 11-15) culled from 84 UK schools. Among the findings, adolescents reported

  • Pain and suicidality: 9%
  • Suicidality alone: 11%
  • Pain alone: 13%
  • Nei...

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A new study in BMC Psychiatry investigated the connections between people injured on the job, and chronic pain, depression/anxiety, and suicide. During outpatient visits from the 2 largest workers’ compensation hospitals and systems in Chile, over 1,940 patients were evaluated via 3 questionnaires...

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A retrospective study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine explored the connections between/among sleep disorders, cisgender youth, trans- or gender nonconforming (TGNF) individuals, gender-affirming therapy (GAT), and transitioning. Over 1.2 million people (aged 12-25), 2,600 of whom...

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A study in the PAIN journal examined whether comorbidities aided in determining if back pain led to further disability. Over 450 patients ≥55 years of age were included in the prospective cohort study that looked at the 1 year clinical course of back pain related disability. Questionnaires were used...

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In the journal of Scientific Reports, researchers detail their first-time study investigating depression and factors impacting it in patients with painful temporomandibular disorders (TMD) during the COVID pandemic. It is well known that stress triggers or makes TMD more painful, therefore it’s not...

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A review and analysis published in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence examined those with opioid use disorder (OUD) and mental disorders, via databases such as Embase and MEDLINE. Over 345 studies and more than 104,000 people with OUD were researched. Percentages of disorders among those...

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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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Pain often brings about anxiety and depression, which in turn can worsen the pain. The Journal of Neuroscience has published a paper entitled GABAergic CaMKIIα+ Amygdala Output Attenuates Pain and Modulates Emotional-motivational Behaviour via Parabrachial Inhibition. In their Significance Statement...

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Severe mental illness (SMI) is associated with an earlier death by 15 to 20 years, poor physical health, diabetes, HIV, and a higher burden of pain. A study published in PAIN sought to uncover innovations for the optimization of pain management in this group—defined as schizophrenia spectrum...

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