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Obese people have lower pain threshold

A new study, carried out at Leeds Beckett University, highlights the differences in pain response between different groups of people. The results could reinforce the argument for weight loss programmes

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Electroacupuncture releases stem cells to relieve pain and promotes tissue repair

A study led by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers demonstrates how electroacupuncture triggers a neurological mechanism that can help promote tissue repair and relieve injury-induced pain. Their findings, published

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Optical tool monitors brain’s circulatory response to pain

Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), an optical imaging tool for monitoring of regional blood flow and tissue oxygenation, is being explored as a way to track the brain’s response to pain

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Study shows significant reduction in time to blood gas result using Sphere Medical’s Proxima™

Sphere Medical, a company specialising in critical care monitoring and diagnostics equipment, has announced that a recent time and motion study by University Hospital Southampton demonstrated a 1.5 minute (>20

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Researchers discover way to curb chronic pain by modulating genes

Researchers led by University of Utah bioengineering assistant professor Robby Bowles have discovered a way to curb chronic pain by modulating genes that reduce tissue- and cell-damaging inflammation. “This has

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Brain differences between men and women affect response to pain relief

Results from a new study may explain why female patients often require higher doses of morphine than male patients to achieve the same level of relief. It appears that a

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Physical activity affects pain modulation in older adults

Older adults with higher levels of physical activity have pain modulation patterns that might help lower their risk of developing chronic pain, reports a study in PAIN, the official publication

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Is back pain killing us?

The many thousands of people who suffer from back pain have a 13 per cent increased risk of dying from any cause, University of Sydney research has found. Published in the

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Shared reading can help with chronic pain

A study conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool, The Reader and the Royal Liverpool University Hospitals Trust, and funded by the British Academy, has found that shared reading

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Light therapy as a novel approach to treat chronic pain

Researchers at the University of Arizona have found a novel, non-pharmacological approach to managing chronic pain – light therapy treats it with green light-emitting diodes (LED). Results of the study