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Are autistic individuals hypo- or hypersensitive to pain, or indifferent to pain? A study in the journal of PAIN examined assumptions about how those with autism perceive pain. Sensory testing was done in 52 adults with autism, along with 52 nonautistic subjects to determine reactions to responses...

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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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As anyone who’s had a root canal knows, music can help take your mind off a painful procedure. But why? Researchers publishing their findings in the journal of Science “discovered that analgesic effects of sound depended on a low (5-decibel) signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) relative to ambient noise in...

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More healthcare discrepanciesBlack vs White and male vs femaleare brought to light in a Journal of the American Heart Association Report. Researchers identified over 4100 records based on over 29 million chest pain visits by young adults. In terms of being evaluated by a physician, people of color...

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Last week, the Daily Dose highlighted health inequities in pain management after giving birth, and the different treatment of Black vs White women. What about medically underserved areas (MUAs)? A study in the Journal of Pain Research compared two areas of the United States (southern Minnesota and...

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The American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology has published an article on the long term complications of COVID-19, its impact on various organ systems, and potential management algorithms. In the United States, COVID has infected >49 million; approximately 26% experience long term complications...

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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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The CDC reports potential COVID-19 symptoms even months after infection. Most of the 33.5 million US COVID patients recovered with no complications. Some, however, still experience physical health problems leading to difficulties with activities of daily living, such as fatigue, muscle weakness, and...

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“Leaders in pain medicine recognize that terminology needs to keep up with our understanding of disorders, their pathophysiologies, and their treatment.” So say the authors of an article published in the Journal of Pain Research, one of whom is long time PAINWeek faculty, Michael Schatman, PhD, CPE...

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The American College of Radiology has updated its Appropriateness Criteria, introduced in 1993. At that time, a panel of experts in interventional radiology and diagnostic imaging put together guidelines for clinicians to help them choose treatment plans and imaging for specific conditions. The...

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