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Sex Bias in Pain Research

According to a review paper from McGill University published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience , most pain research remains overwhelmingly based on the study of male rodents, continuing to test hypotheses derived from earli...
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Microstructural Changes in the Trigeminal Nerve of Patients With Episodic Migraine Assessed Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging

There is histological evidence of microstructural changes in the zygomaticotemporal branch of the trigeminal nerve in migraineurs. This raises the possibility that altered trigeminal nerve properties contribute to migrai...
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Weather Patterns Associated with Pain in Chronic-Pain Sufferers

The belief that weather influences people's health has been prevalent for millennia. Recent studies on the relationship between weather and pain for those who suffer from chronic pain remain indeterminate, with some stud...
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IL-23 in Arthritic and Inflammatory Pain Development in Mice

The cytokine, interleukin-23 (IL-23), can be critical for the progression of inflammatory diseases, including arthritis, and is often associated with T lymphocyte biology. We previously showed that certain lymphocyte-ind...
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Interleukin-10 Resolves Pain Hypersensitivity Induced by Cisplatin by Reversing Sensory Neuron Hyperexcitability

Understanding the mechanisms that drive transition from acute to chronic pain is essential to identify new therapeutic targets. The importance of endogenous resolution pathways acting as a "brake" to prevent development ...
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Development and Validation of a Prediction Tool for Pain Reduction in Adult Patients Undergoing Elective Lumbar Spinal Fusion: a Multicentre Cohort Study

On average, 56% of patients report a clinically relevant reduction in pain after lumbar spinal fusion (LSF). Preoperatively identifying which patient will benefit from LSF is paramount to improve clinical decision making...
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Vacuum myofascial therapy device for non-specific neck pain: A single blind randomized clinical trial

This study aimed to investigate the efficacy of a vacuum myofascial therapy device (VT) for improving pressure pain thresholds (PPTs), range of motion (ROM), neck pain-related disability, pain, and quality of life in pat...
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Specially Designed Footwear Reduces Pain of Knee Osteoarthritis

Wearing shoes specifically designed with a novel sole (biomechanical footwear) significantly reduces the pain associated with knee osteoarthritis, according to findings in JAMA

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Nerve Stimulation Helps Manage Pain Without Opioids

Researchers use a new technique that uses an injectable liquid polymer that cures – like household epoxy -- next to or around the target nerve. This device provides a localized stimulus that avoids the side effects of ot...
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Neurobiologist Finds Potent Pain-Suppression Center in the Brain

A Duke University research team has found a small area of the brain in mice that can profoundly control the animals' sense of pain. The researchers found that general anesthesia also activates a specific subset of inhibi...
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