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CDC Recommends Behavioral Treatment for Chronic Pain

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently launched a call for the use of behavioral treatments for managing chronic pain instead of, ...

New study to investigate role of sleep in chronic pain

SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University will lead a study to understand the relationship between sleep and chronic pain, part of a ...

Phantom movements in augmented reality helps patients with chronic intractable phantom limb pain

Dr Max Ortiz Catalan at Chalmers University of Technology, the Department of Signals and systems, has developed a novel method of treating phantom limb pain using machine learning and augmented reality. This approach has been tested on over a dozen of amputees with chronic phantom limb pain who found no relief by other clinically available methods before. The new treatment reduced their pain by approximately 50 per cent, reports a clinical study published in The Lancet. ... Full story

Use of prescription pain medicines is significantly different between persons with and without Alzheimer’s disease

Approximately one third of persons with Alzheimer’s disease use prescription medicines for pain after their diagnosis, reports a recent study conducted at the University of ... Full story

Sometimes just watching hurts—and the signs of pain are seen in the brain

Brain research helps to develop diagnostics and new therapies for people suffering from complex regional pain syndrome CRPS. ... Full story

New Insights into Cause of Phantom Limb Pain May Have Therapeutic Benefits

Phantom limb pain is the pain experienced following loss of a limb, either from injury or amputation. This sensation of pain was previously thought to be caused by abnormal plasticity in the sensorimotor cortex of the brain, and rehabilitative therapies have focused on restoring normal motor function to relieve the pain. However, conflicting results left the question of whether and how phantom pain is caused by changes in sensorimotor activity unanswered. ... Full story

Pain sensors specialised 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 specialised to respond to specific types such as heat, cold or mechanical pain. ... Full story

Scientists successfully tune the brain to alleviate pain

Scientists at The University of Manchester have shown for the first time that if the brain is ‘tuned-in’ to a particular frequency, pain can be alleviated. ... Full story

This snake is a killer of killers

One of the world’s most beautiful and venomous snakes has a venom unlike that of any other snake, research involving University of Queensland scientists has revealed. ... Full story

Placebo sweet spot for pain relief identified in brain

CHICAGO - Scientists have identified for the first time the region in the brain responsible for the “placebo effect” in pain relief, when a fake treatment actually results in substantial reduction of pain, according to new research from Northwestern Medicine and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). ... Full story

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