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Chronic pain research: Linking psychology, sociology, and neuroscience
Despite its prevalence, scientists do not know why some people develop chronic pain. A new study approaches this question from all angles, exploring the role of money and the mind.
Medical News Today - Mon. Sep 9
Kidney pain after drinking alcohol: Causes and complications
The kidneys help filter the blood, including by filtering out harmful substances such as alcohol. Moderate drinking should not cause kidney pain, but binge drinking or frequent drinking may cause kidney problems.
Medical News Today - Mon. Sep 9
University of Alberta researchers discover new biomarker for rare autoimmune d...
University of Alberta researchers have identified a unique biological marker that can be used to identify the presence of the rare autoimmune disease myasthenia gravis, predict the course of the disease and identify new, personalized treatments. In a study published in the journal Metabolomics , neurologist Zaeem Siddiqi, graduate student Derrick Blackmore and their team used metabolic analysis of serum blood with all cells removed to find a unique pattern ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 9
Modifiable risk factors contribute to gout
Elevated urate in the blood hyperuricemia is a precursor of gout, which is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis worldwide. A study published in Arthritis Rheumatology that included 14,624 U.S. adults found that four modifiable risk factors--body mass index, diet, alcohol consumption, and diuretic use--each have important roles in the development of hyperuricemia. The findings indicate that public health efforts to promote a healthy diet and preve ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 9
Weight change and bone health in older adults with obesity
Weight loss in older adults is accompanied by loss in bone mineral density BMD and an increased risk of bone fracture. A new study published in Obesity found that loss of hip BMD persists in the year following a weight loss intervention among older adults with obesity, regardless of whether they regain weight. The study also found that losses in fat mass and lean mass contribute to reduced hip BMD yet, loss in fat mass may signal improved trabecular bone s ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 9
Pain in the lower left back: Causes and treatments
Pain in the lower left back could originate from the underlying muscles, joints, mid-back, or organs in the pelvic area. Muscle injuries and kidney pain are among the most common sources of one sided lower back pain.
Medical News Today - Mon. Aug 26
Simple computational models can help predict post-traumatic osteoarthritis
Knee joint injuries, such as ligament rupture, are common in athletes. As the intact joint ligaments offer a precondition for joint stability, ligament injuries are often surgically reconstructed. However, in many cases these injuries or surgeries can lead to post-traumatic osteoarthritis. The articular cartilage, which serves to provide frictionless contact between bones, wears out completely, causing severe joint pain, lack of mobility and even social is ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Aug 26
Family history of diabetes linked to increased bone mineral density
CLEVELAND, Ohio August 21, 2019 --The association between type 2 diabetes and increased fracture risk is well documented. However, little was known about the possible effect of family history of diabetes on bone mineral density BMD . A study from China now confirms that a history of first-degree family members with diabetes is linked to increased BMD as well as to insulin resistance. Results are published online in Menopause , the journal of The North Amer ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Aug 26
Joint lubricating fluid plays key role in osteoarthritic pain, study finds
A team at the University of Cambridge has shown how, in osteoarthritis patients, the viscous lubricant that ordinarily allows our joints to move smoothly triggers a pain response from nerve cells similar that caused by chilli peppers. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It causes joint pain and stiffness, and in some people swelling and tenderness of the joints. The condition affects an individual s quality of life and costs millions to th ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Aug 19
One in five awaiting new hip suffering extreme pain, study shows
Almost 20 per cent of people awaiting hip replacements are experiencing extreme pain or discomfort, a study shows. Researchers also found that 12 per cent of patients on waiting lists for knee replacements considered themselves to be in a similarly acute state of health. The figures are worse than for many other chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure or lung diseases. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh say the findings disprove ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Aug 19
Gastroesophageal reflux associated with chronic pain in temporomandibular joint
Gastroesophageal reflux GERD is associated with chronic, painful temporomandibular disorder -- pain in the temporomandibular joint -- and anxiety and poor sleep contribute to this association, according to a study in CMAJ Canadian Medical Association Journal http www. cmaj. ca lookup doi 10. 1503 cmaj. 181535 . Pain from temporomandibular disorder TMD affects about 13 of Canada s population. Reflux is an uncomfortable condition in which stomach contents ar ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Aug 19
Pain medications linked to higher cardiovascular risks in patients with osteoa...
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs can help to control the pain and inflammation in individuals with osteoarthritis OA , but a new Arthritis Rheumatology study suggests that NSAIDs contribute to cardiovascular side effects in these patients. The study matched 7,743 OA patients with 23,229 non-OA controls. The risk of developing cardiovascular disease among people with OA was 23 higher compared with people without OA. Among secondary outcomes asses ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Aug 12