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Breastfeeding may protect against chronic pain after C-section

Breastfeeding after a caesarean section may help manage pain, with mothers who breastfed their babies for at least 2 months after the operation three times less likely to experience persistent

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Unexpected mechanism behind chronic nerve pain

It has long been assumed that chronic nerve pain is caused by hypersensitivity in the neurons that transmit pain. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden now show that another kind

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New drug delivery strategy able to block pain within the nerve cells

Researchers from Monash University have developed a new drug delivery strategy able to block pain within the nerve cells, in what could be a major development of an immediate and

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Half of adults with anxiety or depression report chronic pain

In a survey of adults with anxiety or a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder, about half reported experiencing chronic pain, according to researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School

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Pain linked to non-medical prescription opioid use in young adults

Physical pain – often “self-medicated” without help from healthcare professionals – is an important contributor to non-medical prescription opioid (NMPO) use by young adults, suggests a study in the Journal

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Watching a film can replace general anaesthesia for children undergoing radiotherapy

Children with cancer could be spared dozens of doses of general anaesthesia by projecting a film directly on to the inside of a radiotherapy machine during treatment, according to research presented

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Aching knee or sore back? New app helps doctors treat pain

Danish researchers have developed a system that lets patients visually draw their pain using an app on the phone. Doctors can then study the symptoms as images or video, saving time and improving treatment.

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BPAT tool uses behavioural cues to assess pain in patients who can’t communicate

A new Behaviour Pain Assessment Tool (BPAT) provides a simple way to evaluate pain in critically ill patients – including those who aren’t able to communicate their pain verbally, reports

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First photoactive drug for pain treatments

A team of the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona has participated in the design of the first light-activated photoactive drug –the JF-NP-26, for the treatment of pain,

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Spinal manipulation therapy associated with improvements in pain and function

Among patients with acute low back pain, spinal manipulation therapy was associated with modest improvements in pain and function at up to six weeks, with temporary minor musculoskeletal harms, according