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Dreading pain can be worse than pain itself

Faced with inevitable pain, most people would choose to get it out of the way as soon as possible, according to a new study.



Rainforest remedy could spell end of dental pain

An ancient Incan toothache remedy - for centuries handed down among an indigenous people in the rainforests of Peru - could be on the cusp of revolutionising worldwide dental practice.



Future doctors unprepared to manage pain

First ever Europe-wide study reveals that even when undergraduate medical students take a compulsory course on pain, they still only receive on average 12 hours’ training



Mussel extract could mean less pain and improved mobility

New study confirms beneficial effects of green lipped mussel extract on joint health



Discovery of why sunburn hurts could lead to new pain relief drugs for inflammatory conditions

Researchers have found a molecule in the body which controls sensitivity to pain from UVB irradiation



Genetic switch discovered that turns on pain

Researchers studied the mechanics of the pain gene known as substance-P - first shown to be involved in chronic inflammatory pain more than 30 years ago



Pain, dry mouth play role in sleep quality

Head and neck cancer patients who reported poor sleep quality one year after diagnosis had more symptoms of chronic pain and complaints of dry mouth related to radiation treatments, according to a recent study.



Variables influence chronic lower-back pain management

Researchers investigating the relevance of health literacy in patients with chronic lower back pain found that LBP-related beliefs and behaviors affect a person's disability more than pain intensity or a standard measure of functional health literacy.



Mouse grimace scale identifies pain

A new study by researchers from McGill University and the University of British Columbia shows that mice, like humans, express pain through facial expressions.



Pain management failing

Millions of people with significant or chronic pain associated with their medical problems are being under-treated as physicians increasingly fail to provide comprehensive pain treatment.



Doubts over alternative pain therapy for arthritis

Researchers conducted the first randomised placebo-controlled trial on the use of both copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps for pain management in osteoarthritis - the most common form of the condition.



Integrated treatment for veterans with chronic pain

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in a growing number of soldiers evacuated to the United States for comprehensive care for physical and psychological trauma.



Nanoparticle pain treatment

Scientists have developed a combination drug that promises a safer, more precise way for medics and fellow soldiers in battle situations to give a fallen soldier morphine.



Infant pain, adult repercussions

Scientists at Georgia State University have uncovered the mechanisms of how pain in infancy alters how the brain processes pain in adulthood.



Medical method reduces fracture pain

Vesselplasty, a new minimally invasive procedure, increases mobility and reduces pain and the need for pain killers in patients with vertebral compression fractures.



Marijuana eases HIV pain

Those who used marijuana rate it as effective as prescribed or over the counter medicines for the majority of HIV/AIDS symptoms, once again raising the issue that therapeutic marijuana use merits further study.



Migraine pain in cluster headaches, a medical study

A pain condition common in people with migraines also has a high prevalence in patients with cluster headache, according to a study.



Guideline for Low-Back Pain Interventions

The American Pain Society has issued a new clinical practise guideline for low back pain that emphasises the use of noninvasive treatments over interventional procedures, as well as shared decision making between provider and patient.



The Price of Pain and the Value of Suffering

The financial value of pain has a wide ranging influence, affecting drug prices and injury compensation. But what about on an individual level - is it possible to place a value on our health, to prevent pain and suffering?



Inexpensive drug relieves fibromyalgia pain

Naltrexone, which has been used clinically for more than 30 years to treat opioid addiction, was found to reduce symptoms of pain and fatigue an average of 30 percent over placebo.



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