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Women in Military More Likely to Suffer Chronic Pain During Wartime

Wartime appears to increase the risk of chronic pain for military women, a new study suggests.

Active-duty servicewomen who served between 2006 and 2013"a period of heightened combat deployments"had a significantly increased risk of chronic pain compared to women serving at other times, according to results published July 5 in the journal

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  • July 8, 2024
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  • Tips to Safely Helping Your Baby Through Teething Pain

    Tending to a teething baby is tough: Parents want to help, but might not be sure how.

    Teething typically begins around 4 to 7 months of age, as the 20 or so "baby teeth" that will emerge by the age of 3 begin to form.

    The usual signs of teething include "mild irritability, a low-grade fever, drooling and an urge to chew something hard," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in...

    New Form of Psychotherapy Might Help Ease Chronic Pain

    A new form of psychotherapy appears to work even better at treating chronic pain in older adults than gold-standard cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a new study finds.

    U.S. veterans who received emotional awareness and expression ...

    Your Head Aches: What Could It Mean, and What Can Be Done About It?

    When there's pain, pressure and pounding in your head, you might think the worst: Is it a brain tumor?

    Probably not, a Penn State physician assures. 

    Headache in and of itself is not a common sign of a tumor, because the brain itself doesn't feel pain, said Dr. John Messmer, medical director at Penn State H...

    What Can Cause Stomach Pain in Kids?

    Many kids can get an occasional upset tummy, but what if your child's stomachaches are more persistent?

    Dr. David Ziring, associate director of the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Cedars-Sinai Guerin Children's in Los Angeles, offers up possible diagnoses that doctors should look out for.


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    • May 21, 2024
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    Blood Test Might Predict Knee Osteoarthritis Years Early

    A blood test could help doctors spot the signs of knee osteoarthritis at least eight years before it shows up on X-rays, a new study claims.

    After analyzing the blood of 200 white British women, half diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis and half without, researchers discovered a small number of biomarkers distinguished the women with osteoarthritis from those without it.

    "We found we ...

    One in 3 Women With Migraines Say Attacks Occur During Periods

    Among U.S. women with migraine, a third say the attacks tend to coincide with their periods, a new survey finds.

    Migraines that occur during menstruation are often frequent and severe, but only about one in five respondents said they used medications aimed at preventing the headaches.

    "If you have migraines related to your menstrual cycle, discuss this with your gynecologist or neu...

    High-Strength Lidocaine Skin Creams Can Cause Seizures, Heart Trouble, FDA Warns

    Some pain-relieving skin products contain potentially harmful doses of the numbing agent lidocaine and should be avoided, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

    These creams, gels, sprays and soaps are marketed for topical use to relieve the pain of cosmetic procedures like microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, tattooing and

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  • March 29, 2024
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  • Could Biofeedback Help Ease Long COVID?

    Breathing and relaxation techniques may offer relief to some patients battling Long COVID.

    In a new, small study of 20 patients, biofeedback therapy relieved both the physical and psychological symptoms of Long COVID, researchers said. Many participants had been dealing with symptoms for more than a year.

    "Our biggest hope is that we've identified a way to alleviate chronic physical...

    Cosmetic Surgery Leaves 1 in 8 Patients With Chronic Post-Op Pain

    Norwegians are increasingly asking surgeons for a nip, tuck or implant, and many -- especially men -- have pain that lingers long after their procedure, a new survey shows.

    Researchers asked 1,746 adults in Norway whether they had undergone cosmetic surgery and how it turned out.

    One in 10 said they had had a cosmetic procedure -- from breast reductions or implants to facelifts and ...

    How to Deal With Endometriosis Pain

    Endometriosis causes crippling pain in women, with some spending up to a month of every year debilitated by it.

    "We're talking about pain that's beyond 'I took two ibuprofen and went to work,'"said Dr. Kristin R...

    You Can Safely Avoid Addictive Long-Acting Opioids After Knee Replacement

    It's well known that long-acting opioid meds raise the odds for addiction in users -- including folks dealing with pain after an orthopedic surgery.

    Now, new research suggests that patients fare just as well if doctors prescribe less risky immediate-release opioids following a knee replacement surgery.

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  • March 8, 2024
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  • New Insights Into the Persistent Pain of UTIs

    People with recurring urinary tract infections frequently have persistent pain, even after antibiotics have cleared the harmful bacteria from their system.

    Now, researchers have figured out why this perplexing problem occurs.

    It appears that an overgrowth of highly sensitive nerve cells can occur in the bladder as a result of frequent UTIs, researchers report March 1 in the journal ...

    Grief Affects the Body, Not Just the Mind

    Of course grief can ravage your mind, but science shows it can also weaken your body, leaving you open to illness.

    "As humans, we are strongly motivated to seek out social bonds that are warm, dependable, friendly and supportive,"explained George Slavich. He directs the Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research ...

    Exercise Can Be a Painkiller for Cancer Patients

    Being active may help ease ongoing cancer pain.

    That's the key takeaway from a study of more 10,600 people with a history of cancer and over 51,000 without the disease.

    A team led by Erika Rees-Punia of the American Cancer Society and

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  • February 12, 2024
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  • Dentists' Group Issues New Pain-Control Guidelines for Teens, Adults

    New guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA) are cracking down on the use of opioids for tooth pain.

    The guidelines say that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) taken alone or alongside acetaminophen should be the first-line treatment for managing short-term dental pain in teenagers and adults.

    The available medical evidence indicates that those medications c...

    Experimental Pain Med Could Give Patients New Option to Opioids

    The first new kind of pain medication in over two decades could be on the horizon for patients, with promising results announced Tuesday from a company trial.

    For now, the drug from Vertex Pharmaceuticals is called VX-548. But in trials of patients undergoing abdominoplasties (tummy tucks) and foot bunion surgeries, VX-548 performed better than placebo at easing post-op pain, with no majo...

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    • January 30, 2024
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    What Factors Really Predict Migraine Onset?

    Factors like sleep, energy levels and stress can predict the onset of a migraine headache, a new study finds.

    Those factors differed from the morning to the afternoon and evening, however.

    Poor perceived sleep quality, lower-than-usual quality of sleep and lower-than-usual energy levels are associated with a morning migraine, according to the report published online Jan. 24 in the j...

    Good News & Bad on Recovery From Lower Back Pain

    Back pain is a double-edged sword.

    In most cases, it disappears within about six weeks. But when it doesn't, low back pain is likely to bother you for the long haul, researchers warn.

    "The good news is that most episodes of back pain recover, and this is the case even if you have already had back pain for a couple of months," said researcher

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  • January 22, 2024
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  • Palliative Care Works, Even When Delivered By Phone

    Folks with life-threatening chronic illnesses can receive effective support over the telephone as they manage their condition day by day, a new clinical trial finds.

    Seriously ill veterans living with lung or heart disease experienced significant improvements in depression, anxiety and quality of life from a palliative care program delivered by phone, researchers found.

    "While we do...

    Study Links Use of Acetaminophen in Pregnancy With Child Behavioral Issues

    Expecting moms who often turn to acetaminophen for their aches and pains are more likely to wind up with kids who have behavioral issues, a new study warns.

    Children between the ages of 2 and 4 were more likely to have attention and behavioral problems if their mothers frequently used acetaminophen during pregnancy, researchers found.

    "The kinds of behaviors the caregivers reported ...

    All Pain Is Not the Same When It Comes to MS

    Pain can present itself in many forms for people battling multiple sclerosis, and one type can interfere with exercising, new research shows.

    One class of pain experienced by MS patients is what the authors of the new study call nociceptive, caused by specific damage to tissues. Another form is neuropathic pain, caused by the loss of the protective myelin sheath around nerves that is a ha...

    Hormonal Changes May Help Trigger Rheumatoid Arthritis in Women

    Women are four to five times more likely than men to develop early-onset rheumatoid arthritis, and a few hormonal factors could be why, new research suggests.

    Entering menopause early (before age 45), taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and having four or more kids are all related to heightened odds for developing rheumatoid arthritis, the study found.

    Rheumatoid arthritis is ...

    New Clues To Origins of Lower Back Pain

    Some people might be prone to low back pain because of specific cells contained in their spinal disks, a new study suggests.

    The research could explain why only certain people develop back pain due to the degeneration of their spinal discs, which are jelly-filled spacers that act as shock absorbers between the small bones of the vertebrae.

    "We've identified for the first time partic...

    Two Kinds of Talk Therapy Work Equally Well Against Fibromyalgia

    Two types of mental health treatment are equally effective in treating fibromyalgia patients, Swedish researchers report.

    They compared traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to what is known as exposure-based CBT.

    In traditional CBT, patients receive several treatment strategies, such as relaxation, exercise or ways to manage negative thoughts.

    Patients in exposure-ba...

    Gradual Weight Loss Using Meds Helps Folks With Arthritis Live Longer

    Using a weight-loss medication to help you shed pounds gradually appears to help extend life for people with arthritis of the hips or knees, a new study finds.

    However, folks with arthritis who dropped pounds very quickly showed no benefit in terms of survival, and even a slight uptick in their risk for heart disease, a team of American and Chinese researchers found.

    The study's tak...

    Childhood Trauma Could Raise Odds for Adult Physical Pain

    Beyond a myriad of other consequences, childhood trauma appears to raise the specter of chronic pain in adulthood, new research shows.

    Researchers pored over 75 years' worth of data involving more than 826,000 people. That included information on levels of neglect or physical, emotional or sexual abuse, plus other serious trauma of childhood.

    Their review found strong links between ...

    Spinal Cord Stimulation Eases Pain, Boosts Function for People With Prosthetic Legs

    People who've lost a leg due to injury or disease are often plagued by what's known as phantom limb pain -- discomfort arising in the area, despite the absence of the limb.

    Now, researchers report that people who wear a prosthetic leg after amputation may have that pain eased, as well as improved sensation in their new foot, using spinal cord stimulation.

    "We are using electrodes an...

    You're Far Less Likely to Get an Opioid Now After Surgery

    In response to the ongoing crisis of opioid misuse, U.S. doctors had already cut the amount of opioids they gave patients after surgery by 2022 to just a third of the amount given in 2016, new research shows.

    Much of the decline happened before the pandemic, however, and the rate at which doctors are reducing the use of post-op opioids has slowed.

    The use of opioids during surgery r...

    Migraine? Reach for Prescription Meds, Not Ibuprofen

    Migraine sufferers would do better to talk to their doctor about a prescription drug than reaching for a bottle of ibuprofen, a new study finds.

    Drugs like triptans, ergots and anti-emetics can be two to five times more effective for treating migraines than ibuprofen, according to a report published Nov. 30 in the journal Neurology.

    "These results confirm that triptans shou...

    Could the Neck Be to Blame for Common Headaches?

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Your neck muscles could be giving you headaches, claims new German research that used special MRI scans to spot the connection.

    "Our imaging approach provides [the] first objective evidence for the very frequent involvement of the neck muscles in primary headaches, such as neck pain in migraine or tension-type headache, using the ability to qua...

    Many Clinics Are Selling Ketamine as Bogus 'Cure' for Illnesses

    The party drug and anesthetic ketamine is starting to show promise in trials as a treatment for depression.

    But new research also suggests that hundreds of U.S. clinics may be misleading consumers, hawking off-label and unapproved ketamine to treat a variety of mental health and pain conditions.

    "These are expensive treatments for which patients generally must pay out of pocket and ...

    Nonsurgical Treatment Works Well for Arthritic Thumbs

    Patients with osteoarthritis in their thumbs can get good long-term outcomes with orthotics and exercise therapy, and avoid surgery at the same time, new research shows.

    "Our findings support nonsurgical treatment as the first treatment choice and suggest that treatment effects are sustainable" in patients with problems in the thumb carpometacarpal joint, said study author

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  • November 7, 2023
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  • Study Confirms Effectiveness of Newer Arthritis Meds

    Newer oral medications for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) do work quite well in the "real world," despite some doubts that they would, according to a new study.

    The study, of 622 adults with RA, found that most were doing well on medications called JAK inhibitors, a relatively new drug class for the arthritic condition. They are taken by mouth, unlike many other RA drugs, which are given by in...

    Best Foot Forward: Tips to Keeping Feet Healthy

    Most people spend a lot of time on their feet, so it's a good idea to take care of them.

    With proper care, you can minimize the stress your feet take on when holding you up and getting you around, an expert says.

    "Common problems that people face include hammertoes, blisters, plantar fasciitis and bunions. Some of these are easily solvable, but others may need the involvement of a s...

    1 in 5 U.S. Adults Now Has Arthritis

    Arthritis is becoming a disease of the masses, striking 21% of U.S. adults, or over 53 million people, a new report shows.

    "It's important first to point out that arthritis is a general term that includes over a hundred different chronic diseases that affect the joints and the tissues around those joints,"said researcher

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  • October 17, 2023
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  • Seniors, Here Are the Meds That Can Harm Your Driving Skills

    Some common medications -- including antidepressants, sleep aids and painkillers -- may dull the driving skills of seniors, a new study finds.

    Many different medication classes have been linked to the risk of driving impairment, as anyone who has ever read the label warning "do not operate heavy machinery" might have guessed.

    But the new study took a particularly rigorous approach t...

    Arthritic Hands: What Works (and Doesn't) to Ease the Pain?

    Millions of people who live with the pain and stiffness of arthritis in their hands get steroid or hyaluronic acid injections directly into their finger joints in the hopes of feeling better.

    Now, a new review shows that even though these injections are widely recommended in treatment guidelines, they don't really work.

    Joint injections to relieve the symptoms of hand osteoarth...

    Psychotherapy May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

    "Talk therapy" may help people with fibromyalgia manage their chronic pain -- and alter the brain's pain-processing circuitry along the way, a new study shows.

    Researchers found that after eight sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), patients with fibromyalgia felt less burdened by their pain and other symptoms in daily life. And that was related, in part, to changes in areas of ...

    Using Meds to Manage Your Arthritis Pain: An Overview

    Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis, and many reach for medication to ease their joint pain and inflammation.

    The options might seem overwhelming, though. Here, the Arthritis Foundation offers some suggestions for meds that can be purchased at a local drug store or filled with a doctor's prescription, whether your pain is caused by normal wear and tear (osteoarthritis) or inflamma...

    Surgery Soon? Use These 3 Tips to Manage Post-Surgical Pain

    When someone has surgery, pain may be top of mind.

    An expert in managing post-op pain offers three tips for keeping it under control, safely.

    "Pain can inhibit recovery, but good pain control can be an accelerator of a patient's recovery,"said Dr. Jonah Stulberg, a member of the ...

    Avoid Opioids for Short-Term Dental Pain in Kids, New Guidelines Say

    Children having short-term dental pain from extractions or toothache should not be prescribed opioids but rather manage those aches with over-the-counter ibuprofen and/or acetaminophen, according to new guidelines.

    The guidelines detailing dental pain management strategies for kids was endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA) after being developed by the ADA Science & Research In...

    Pain After Heart Attack May Predict Long-Term Survival

    Whether a patient experiences pain a year after a heart attack -- and not necessarily heart pain -- may predict a person's long-term survival.

    New research suggests it is linked with higher likelihood of death within the next eight years.

    "Pain causes significant loss of function and may lead to disability, all of which contribute to major, global public health issues. Research in...

    Two-Thirds of Americans Say Their Lives Have Been Affected by Addiction: Poll

    Millions of Americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol, and millions more struggle with an addicted family member or friend, a new poll finds.

    Two-thirds of those surveyed said either they or a family member have been addicted to alcohol or drugs, been homeless because of an addiction, or overdosed or died from drug use. Moreover, 19% say they themselves have been addicted to drugs or al...

    Just 1 in 5 Americans Struggling With Opioid Misuse Gets Meds That Can Help

    The U.S. opioid abuse epidemic wages on, and overdose deaths continue to rise, yet just 1 in 5 people receives potentially lifesaving medication such as methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone to treat their addiction, a new study finds.

    "These medications are effective for prescription opioids like hydrocodone [Vicodin] and oxycodone [OxyContin] and all those medications we rely on for pa...

    Researchers Explore New Nonaddictive Means of Fighting Pain

    New research shows that an experimental drug fine-tuned to a specific pain pathway can ease post-surgery aches, a finding that may eventually offer an alternative to highly addictive opioids.

    The pill, known for now as VX-548, targets a particular sodium channel that is active only in the body's peripheral sensory nerves, where it helps transmit pain signals to the brain. The idea is that...

    Fibromyalgia Tied to Higher Risk of Death From Many Causes

    For years, people with the widespread pain disorder fibromyalgia were told their symptoms were all in their heads, but now the illness is being taken much more seriously with good reason.

    Folks with fibromyalgia are more likely to die early from accidents, infections and by suicide, new research suggests.

    "Fibromyalgia is often called an 'imaginary condition,' with ongoing deba...

    Got Arthritis Pain? What State You Live In May Matter

    If you live in West Virginia you're more likely to experience joint pain due to arthritis, according to a new study that looked at the differences in pain across states.

    "The risk of joint pain is over three times higher in some states compared to others, with states in the South, especially the lower Mississippi Valley and southern Appalachia, having particularly high prevalence of joint...

    More Cancer Patients Got Palliative Care After Obamacare

    New research finds that Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- brought an unexpected benefit: increases in how many patients got palliative care.

    "Our findings are encouraging, especially with growing evidence of the important benefits of palliative care for patients with cancer,"said lead study author

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  • July 6, 2023
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  • Access to Medical Marijuana Won't Lower Use of Opioid Painkillers: Study

    Medical marijuana is touted as a pain reliever, but in U.S. states where it's legal, prescriptions for opioid or non-opioid painkillers haven't decreased, a new study finds.

    According to researchers, this means that people aren't switching to cannabis for pain relief in huge numbers even when it's legally available, so it's unlikely to ease the nation's opioid overdose epidemic.

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