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Sleep may stop chronic pain sufferers from becoming zombies

Chronic pain sufferers could be kept physically active by improving the quality of their sleep, new research suggests. The study by the University of Warwick's...

New target for condition that makes touch feel like torture

Researchers at the School of Medicine have identified a subset of nerve cells that mediates a form of chronic, touch-evoked pain called tactile allodynia, a condition...

Jewelry, socks ease diabetes and arthritis pain

For the 1.5 million Americans – most of them women – who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, swollen, painful knuckles and wrists are part of...

Why social connection is as important as food and shelter

Facebook and gossip might seem like a waste of time, but they actually serve a basic human need. A growing body of research shows that...

Study reveals target for drug development for chronic jaw pain disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) is the most common form of oral or facial pain, affecting over 10 million Americans. The chronic disorder can cause...

Period pain not made worse by copper IUD

Previous scientific studies have suggested that women who use a copper IUD for contraception suffer from worse period pain, but a study at the...

Experiencing existential dread? Tylenol may do the trick

Thinking about death can cause us to feel a sort of existential angst that isn't attributable to a specific source. Now, new research suggests...

Targeting mental defeat in pain patients could prevent depression

A new study of Hong Kong chronic pain patients suggests that targeting feelings of mental defeat could prevent severe depression, anxiety and interference with...

Chemists build an ‘off’ switch for pain

The notion of a pain switch is an alluring idea, but is it realistic? Well, chemists have now shown in laboratory experiments that it...

Gene discovery explains how fruitflies retreat from heat

A discovery in fruit flies may be able to tell us more about how animals, including humans, sense potentially dangerous discomforts. Researchers at Duke University...

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