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Chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain (CINP) is seen in up to 70% of cancer patients. Unfortunately, there is no effective treatment, and CINP causes many people to terminate their chemotherapy treatments. In a study published in the Journal of Pain Research, mice were separated into 4 test groups...

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An article in the Neuron journal looked at neural mechanisms of pain severity and response as they relate to gender. Do men and women feel pain differently? If yes, why? If they do, should they receive different types of pain relief? In past studies of neural pathways, only male mice were included...

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In those over 65, spinal cord dysfunction is common, and over 100,000 corrective surgeries are performed yearly. The leading cause of this dysfunction is cervical spondylotic myelopathy: neck vertebrae compress, causing pain, numbness/tingling, bladder issues, and a loss of balance/coordination...

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In an article in the PNAS journal, researchers report the power of 3 antibiotics against chronic pain, possibly reducing the need for opioids. The study abstract reports that “demeclocycline, chlortetracycline, and minocycline can be repurposed for treatment of neuropathic pain and potentially for...

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According to the World Health Organization, phantom limb pain is experienced by 50% to 80% of the more than 40 million amputees in the world, the largest group being military veterans. Thanks to a grant of over a million dollars, the Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative at UC San Diego will...

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Neuropathic pain—from an injury or disease of the peripheral and/or somatosensory nervous system—is usually severe and chronic, resistant to treatment, and therefore challenging for clinicians attempting to help patients. Researchers noted the high impact of neuropathic pain: "Many people with...

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Medication and/or psychotherapy does not work for approximately 30% of patients with major depression. How can practitioners help those who are unresponsive? Brain stimulation may help, but for every person with a mental disorder, there may be a different manifestation and potential response to...

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A patient with multiple sclerosis experiences pain, tiredness, and a reduction in function. A co-occurring effect? Depression. An article in Annals of Behavioral Medicine looks at that depression and examines the benefit of earlier treatment. In an 8-week study, 154 adults with MS participated in an...

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An article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings cautions use of antibiotics in children under 2. Data from over 14,500 children born in Minnesota between 2003 and 2011 were studied. At least 1 antibiotic was prescribed in the first 2 years of life in over 10,000 (70%) children. Results showed that “Early...

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Parsonage-Turner Syndrome brings about severe upper arm and shoulder pain followed by progressive weakness. Also known as neuralgic amyotrophy, the condition can lead to paralysis. However, in a study reported in the Journal of Hand Surgery, microsurgical epineurolysis and perineurolysis, which...

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