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Depression and obesity linked to greater likelihood of hip pain
In a representative sample of the German population, older age, obesity, and depressive disorder were associated with experiencing chronic hip pain. In the Musculoskeletal Care study of 2,515 adults, 4.9 percent reported chronic hip pain and an additional 1.5 percent reported chronic hip pain that was disabling. (2019-01-09)

Chronic pain changes our immune systems
Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by McGill University researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports. (2016-01-28)

Terminology of chronic pain published by Dove Medical Press
Clinicians and society as a whole need to appreciate language's potential to further stigmatize and marginalize all patients suffering from chronic pain, and accordingly we are obligated to work toward a more language-neutral system of pain classification. (2016-02-08)

Mind over matter
Chronic pain plagues thousands of individuals. Kent State researchers have determined guided imagery techniques are an affective supplement to medication therapy in the alleviation and control of chronic pain. (2006-08-28)

Study shows link between smoking and chronic pain in women
Kentucky women who smoke heavily may experience more chronic musculoskeletal pain, suggests a new study led by University of Kentucky researchers. (2011-09-28)

Smokers suffer more back pain
Smokers suffer more chronic back pain. This was the result of the analysis of a questionnaire performed by Monique Zimmermann-Stenzel and her colleagues and published in the current edition of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. (2008-07-01)

Third to half of UK population lives with chronic pain
Between a third and half (43 percent) of the UK population -- roughly 28 million adults -- lives with chronic pain, finds an analysis of the available evidence, published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2016-06-20)

Cannabinoids give no more pain relief than codeine tablets
Cannabinoids (the active substances in cannabis) are no more effective than conventional analgesics in controlling pain and have undesirable side effects, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. Their introduction into mainstream clinical practice for pain management is therefore undesirable, report the authors. (2001-07-06)

CBT and BT: Some effect against chronic pain
Cognitive behavior therapy and behavior therapy show some effect in helping the disability associated with chronic pain, according to a Cochrane Systematic Review. The researchers assessed the use of CBT and BT on chronic pain, mood and disability. (2009-04-14)

Painful intercourse in women improved with fibromyalgia drug
Women with chronic pain or discomfort around the vulva showed improved sexual function with an oral nerve pain medication used to treat pain caused by a previous herpes infection as well as fibromyalgia, according to a Rutgers study. (2019-01-02)

Brain chemical may offer new clues in treating chronic pain
A chemical in the brain typically associated with cognition, movement and reward-motivation behavior -- among others -- may also play a role in promoting chronic pain, according to new research at the University of Texas at Dallas. (2015-05-06)

Studies provide new insights on mosquito-borne chikungunya virus infection
The frequency of chronic joint pain after infection with chikungunya in a large Latin-American cohort was 25 percent at a median of 20-months post-infection. (2017-12-20)

Chronic pain can drive you to distraction
Researchers at the University of Alberta have confirmed that chronic pain doesn't just cause physical discomfort; it can impair your memory and your concentration. In a study recently conducted at the university's Multidisciplinary Pain Center in Edmonton, Canada, two-thirds of participants with chronic pain showed significant disruption of attention and memory when tested. (2007-05-17)

Molecular link between chronic pain and depression revealed
Researchers at Hokkaido University have identified the brain mechanism linking chronic pain and depression in rats. Their research, which was recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience, could lead to the development of new treatments for chronic pain and depression. (2019-09-26)

How badly does it hurt? Research examines the biomedical diagnosis of pain
UC sociology research investigates the challenges of patients experiencing pain symptoms that don't visibly turn up on any test, or, in other words, are not (2010-08-16)

New target for chronic pain relief confirmed by scientists
A research group at Hiroshima University observed a potential new target for chronic pain treatment. Further research using this receptor could lead to new, more effective drugs to use in pain-relieving treatment for chronic pain. (2019-03-07)

How best to treat chronic pain? The jury is still out
A review of recent studies on pain medicine appearing in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine reports that while various approaches and combinations of therapies to treat pain have advantages and disadvantages, researchers don't yet know how to determine which is best for individual patients. (2008-06-05)

Plant used in Chinese medicine fights chronic pain
A plant used for centuries as a pain reliever in Chinese medicine may be just what the doctor ordered, especially when it comes to chronic pain. A key pain-relieving ingredient is a compound known as dehydrocorybulbine found in the roots of the flowering plant Corydalis, a member of the poppy family, according to researchers who report their findings in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on January 2. (2014-01-02)

Nearly 5.4 million cancer survivors suffer chronic pain
A new report finds about one in three cancer survivors (34.6%) reported having chronic pain, representing nearly 5.4 million cancer survivors in the United States. (2019-06-20)

Pain sensors specialized for specific sensations
Many pain-sensing nerves in the body are thought to respond to all types of 'painful events', but new UCL research in mice reveals that in fact most are specialized to respond to specific types such as heat, cold or mechanical pain. The study found that over 85 percent of pain-sensing neurons in whole organisms are sensitive to one specific type of painful stimulus. (2016-11-11)

Discovery could eventually help diagnose and treat chronic pain
More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. But treating and studying chronic pain is complex and presents many challenges. Scientists have long searched for a method to objectively measure pain and a new study from Brigham and Women's Hospital advances that effort. The study appears in the January 2013 print edition of the journal Pain. (2012-12-20)

Chronic pain linked to partners of people with depression
Partners of people with depression are more likely to suffer from chronic pain, research from the University of Edinburgh has found. The study shows that the two conditions share common causes -- some of which are genetic whilst other causes originate from the environment that partners share. (2016-08-16)

Does widespread pain stem from the brain? MRI study investigates
Patients with different chronic pain diagnoses recorded similar brain changes, a new study finds, suggesting a need for new treatment approaches. (2017-08-10)

Living in fear: Mental disorders as risk factors for chronic pain in teenagers
One in four young people have experienced chronic pain and a mental disorder. According to a new report in the Journal of Pain, the onset of pain is often preceded by mental disorders: an above-average rate of incidence of depression, anxiety disorders, and behavioral disorders occurs before the onset of headaches, back pain and neck pain. The report is based on an analysis of data from 6,500 US-teenagers by researchers at the University of Basel. (2015-10-08)

Study finds acupuncture does not improve chronic knee pain
A new research study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that in patients older than 50 years with moderate or severe chronic knee pain, acupuncture did not provide any benefit. (2014-10-01)

Breastfeeding may protect against chronic pain after Caesarean section
Breastfeeding after a Caesarean section (C-section) may help manage pain, with mothers who breastfed their babies for at least two months after the operation three times less likely to experience persistent pain compared to those who breastfed for less than two months, according to new research being presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia Congress in Geneva (June 3-5). (2017-06-03)

Pain researchers get a common language to describe pain
Pain researchers around the world have agreed to classify pain in the mouth, jaw and face according to the same system. According to a participant from Aarhus University in Denmark, this means more precise diagnoses and improved treatment of people suffering from pain. (2020-03-10)

Adults who mix cannabis with opioids for pain report higher anxiety, depression
Not a good mix: A researcher from the University of Houston has found that adults who combine prescription opioids for severe pain and cannabis report elevated anxiety and depression symptoms, with no increased pain reduction. (2019-08-12)

Study shows spinal cord stimulation reduces emotional aspect of chronic pain
Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have shown that patients with chronic pain can reduce their emotional response to the pain through spinal cord stimulation. (2016-03-17)

Perspective: Why opioids cannot fix chronic pain
New epidemiological and neuroscientific evidence suggests that the relationship between chronic pain and emotional distress is bidirectional. Pain experts at University of Washington School of Medicine explain the relation in Annals of Family Medicine. (2020-12-22)

No justification for laparoscopic adhesiolysis to relieve abdominal pain
Authors of a study in this week's issue of The Lancet provide evidence that laparoscopic adhesiolysis cannot be recommended as a treatment for adhesions in patients with chronic abdominal pain. (2003-04-10)

A new neurofeedback strategy to treat pain
Researchers in Japan and Cambridge have developed a new neurofeedback strategy that might help to treat patients who suffer from chronic pain in the future. They have shown that they can use neurofeedback to boost the brain's natural ability to control pain, in a simple procedure in which people lie in a brain scanner and have their brain activity decoded using AI techniques. (2020-08-13)

Why chronic pain is all in your head
Why do some people with similar injuries end up with chronic pain while others recover and are pain free? The first longitudinal brain imaging study to track participants with a new back injury shows that the more two sections of the brain related to emotional and motivational behavior communicate, the greater likelihood a patient will develop chronic pain. Researchers were able to predict, at the beginning of the study, which participants would go on to develop chronic pain based on the level of brain interaction. (2012-07-01)

Menopause symptoms nearly double the risk of chronic pain
In addition to the other health conditions affected by estrogen, it has also been shown to affect pain sensitivity. This finding was the basis of a study of more than 200,000 records from the Veterans Health Administration that demonstrated a link between menopause symptoms and chronic pain. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). (2019-03-06)

Pain tolerance levels between men and women are similar
Resilience, a person's ability to overcome adverse circumstances, is the main quality associated with pain tolerance among patients and their adjustment to chronic pain. This is the result of a new study carried out at the University of Málaga that shows that the effect of gender on this ability is not as significant as originally thought. (2014-09-10)

Newly discovered pathway for pain processing could lead to new treatments
The discovery of a new biological pathway involved in pain processing offers hope of using existing cancer drugs to replace the use of opioids in chronic pain treatment, according to scientists at McGill University. (2017-08-08)

Heroin users' mystery a hope for back pain sufferers
A WORLD-FIRST study of acute pain in former heroin users could also benefit thousands of people who suffer from chronic back pain. (2001-07-02)

Surgery no better than rehabilitation for low back pain
Surgery for chronic low back pain is no better than intensive rehabilitation and is unlikely to be a cost-effective use of scarce healthcare resources, show two studies published online by the BMJ today. (2005-05-22)

Targeting mental defeat among pain patients could prevent anxiety and depression
A new study of Hong Kong chronic pain patients suggests that targeting feelings of mental defeat could prevent severe depression, anxiety and interference with daily activities. (2013-04-03)

Study identifies factors associated with pain 1 year after breast cancer surgery
In a study that included more than 800 women who had undergone surgery for breast cancer, the majority reported some level of pain 12 months after surgery, and factors associated with pain included chronic preoperative pain, chemotherapy, preoperative depression and pain in the area to be operated, according to a study appearing in the January 1 issue of JAMA. (2013-12-31)

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