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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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Worldwide, every year there are ~800,000 deaths by suicide, with nonfatal attempts occurring over 20 times for every death. What is the underlying biology of suicide attempts? In the largest study of potential genetic components of suicide, a region of the genome on chromosome 7 containing DNA...

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Researchers in an article published in this month’s BMJ ask, does medical cannabis relieve cancer or noncancer related chronic pain? They examined at around 30 trials with over 5100 patients given oral or topical medical cannabis. Results compared with placebo:

  • Noninhaled medical cannabis led to...

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What are the rates of fatigue, anxiety, depression, and pain after a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS)? Does symptom severity change after a year? A new article published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal studied the occurrences of symptoms in the year post an MS diagnosis. Via self-reports at 6...

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Fibromyalgia sufferers experience chronic pain, limited ability to do physical activities, and often have poor sleep. The relationships, however, are unclear. A study in the Journal of Sleep Research looked at the times at which patient physical activity occurred. Activity levels were recorded using...

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A study reported in the journal Sleep posits that adolescents who experience sleep deficiency may develop into adults who misuse prescription opioids. The study, the self-reported National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health followed >12,000 participants over the course of 12 years...

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A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society of 568 people surveyed found that 15% used cannabis within the past 3 years, over 50% of those surveyed used it regularly (daily or weekly), and 78% used it for self-medicating. Patients reported most commonly smoking, taking tinctures, or...

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Individuals who suffer from chronic pain often present with significant medical and psychiatric comorbidities that can exacerbate the pain experience and contribute to disability and a further erosion of quality of life. In this current climate of reducing the reliance on opioids or opioid sparing...

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Newswise — Researchers from the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) are the first to demonstrate statistically significant links between self-reported regular use of prescription drugs for pain and/or sleep, and longitudinal risk of frailty in adults ages 65 and...

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Depending on the condition, over 75% of individuals who experience chronic pain also experience disrupted sleep due to both direct factors (pain itself) and indirect factors (decreased activity, increased muscle tension, heightened stress). Conversely, up to 50% of individuals who seek help for...

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