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The journal Spinal Cord has published an article titled “Psychological morbidity following spinal cord injury and among those without spinal cord injury: the impact of chronic centralized and neuropathic pain.” Researchers compared psychological morbidities—such as mood disorders, sleep problems...

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For children with urological issues, from an inability to empty their bladder to bladder exstrophy, fear and pain can play a major role. To help both the pediatric patient and their parents, a few places around the country are adding psychologists to support the family. “Families often come in...

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In a study published in the journal Environment International, researchers analyzed the impact of green space on premenstrual symptoms (PMS). Around one-fifth of women experience clinically relevant symptoms both physical and psychological. The study probed the effect of living in an area with green...

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Chronic back pain (CBP), the most common type of chronic pain, needs better treatment. Does psychological treatment, or pain reprocessing therapy (PRT), help? “PRT seeks to promote patients’ reconceptualization of primary (nociplastic) chronic pain as a brain-generated false alarm.” A study...

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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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Findings from the 2002 to 2018 National Health Interview Survey for adults aged 25 to 84 are discouraging. Pain prevalence—for headache/migraine, joint, low back, neck, facial/jaw pain—has gone up, with people reporting a 10% increase of pain in at least 1 area. That equals an additional 10.5...

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In an article published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers state that “Psychoactive substance use may be risky for adults with functional impairments.” Those who reported impairment were also more likely to report taking prescription opioids, tranquilizers/sedatives, and using...

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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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Researchers reviewed 26 relevant studies of presurgical psychological predictors on the outcomes of knee or hip surgery and found that “there is evidential value for the effect of depression on pain intensity and function, anxiety on pain intensity and function, pain catastrophizing on pain...

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An article in the journal of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience states that people who take over the counter acetaminophen feel less scared, less negative, and potentially more willing to do risky things. In multiple studies discussed, people were given acetaminophen or placebo, and asked...

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