Tag: pain

Neurobiology: To keep pain in check, count down

Is the heat still bearable, or should I take my hand off the hotplate? Before the brain can react appropriately to pain, it must evaluate and integrate sensory, cognitive and emotional factors that modulate the perception and processing of the sensation itself. This task requires the exchange of information between different regions of the brain.

Cannabis shows potential for mitigating sickle cell disease pain

Cannabis appears to be a safe and potentially effective treatment for the chronic pain that afflicts people with sickle cell disease, according to a new clinical trial co-led by University of California, Irvine researcher Kalpna Gupta and Dr. Donald Abrams of UC San Francisco. The findings appear in JAMA Network Open. “These trial results show

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: How swearing can help you beat pain

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: From chilli cream to swearing, how to beat pain without popping pills I have had loads of emails recently from readers asking me about pain, and how best to treat it. According to the British Pain Society, about 28 million people in the UK suffer from chronic pain, and the numbers just

New study may have the reason why heart medication gives muscle pain

A study from McMaster University has found a potential mechanism explaining why some people who take drugs to lower their cholesterol develop sore, aching muscles. The use of statin drugs to significantly lower cholesterol, and ultimately reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, has become widespread and large-scale studies suggest that nearly half of Americans and

Exercise can help ease your period pain – this is why

Period pain is horrible. As well as the debilitating cramps, you can also suffer with back pain, sore breasts, headaches, mood swings and bloating. What a treat. When you’re feeling like this, the last thing you probably want to do is put your trainers on and go and workout. But it could be the best

Stomach bloating: One simple dietary tip to avoid tummy swelling

Cutting out these culprits can help soothe the swelling. Another simple fix is to eat regularly throughout the day. There is a popular misconception that skipping meals will flatten the stomach – this is wrong, says Kirsten Crothers, specialist gastro dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association. She explained: “Irregular eating can cause a