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A study in JAMA Psychiatry reported that psychological treatment for primary chronic back pain may provide pain relief. Participants were randomized to usual care or 4 weeks of pain reprocessing therapy—a telehealth session with a physician and 8 psychological treatment sessions—that instructed...

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Results of a focus group brought to light the perspectives of 29 women (mean age 46 years) experiencing urinary tract infections (UTI). The results, reported in the Journal of Urology, identified 7 themes (below) in these categories: 1) the problems with taking antibiotics and 2) resentment towards...

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The journal of Scientific Reports has published an article in which researchers discuss a potential treatment for burn injuries. These injuries, which globally affect over 6 million people every year, may cause infections, scarring, and even death. Clinical benefits have been noted through the use...

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A letter published in the journal of Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy brings to light a potential new tool to combat chronic pain. Conolidine, used in traditional Chinese medicine, is a natural analgesic alkaloid that targets the atypical chemokine receptor ACKR3. Researchers say it offers...

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The Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Act was recently introduced into the House of Representatives, after working its way through the senate. Its goal? To make it easier to access non-opioid pain management treatments. The Act hopes to “address payment disincentives for...

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An article in JAMA Network Open asked, “Do 5 sessions of flotation restricted environmental stimulation therapy [REST] alleviate chronic pain?” Participants floated in a tank of high salt concentrated water heated to skin temperature. Exposure to stimuli—thermal, visual, acoustic, and mechanical—was...

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Earlier this year, it was reported in Cephalalgia that migraine pain could be reduced through the use of intranasal dry air, which cooled nasal passages. The study looked at headache, nausea, sound and photosensitivity. A small study of 51 patients demonstrated a significantly larger lowering of...

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Stress can be bad. But just how bad? And when, and for how long? The journal of Stress & Health published an article investigated long-term marriages over 27 years from 1991 to 2017. Researchers focused on couples living in rural areas and concentrated on stress as a factor in pain. According to the...

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Astrocytes, a star-shaped glial cell of the central nervous system, carry general sensory information to the brain, information such as pressure, pain, and heat. Researchers in Japan have discovered a unique population of spinal cord astrocytes, found in gray matter outer layers near the back of the...

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Why do some people have COVID but don’t even know it? It’s posited that SARS-CoV-2 infection can block pain. While that’s bad for people with the infection, who may be unaware that they are even sick and potentially spreading the disease, the process may offer “unexpected new possibilities for...

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