Here are 5 Surprising facts about pain

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Jul 082014
 
Here are 5 Surprising facts about pain

Pain is normal. About 75 million U.S. residents endure chronic or recurrent pain. Migraines plague 25 million of us. And one in six suffer arthritis. The global pain industry pulls in more than $50 billion in drugs a year. Yet for chronic pain sufferers, over-the-counter pills are typically little help, whereas morphine and other narcotics can be addictive sedatives. An overview study published in 2008 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine looked at multiple studies of pain and found “researchers don’t yet know how […]

Brain Structure May Predict Pain Sensitivity: Research

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Jan 242014
 
Brain Structure May Predict Pain Sensitivity: Research

Some people feel pain more intensely than others, and new research suggests differences in pain sensitivity may be related to differences in brain structure. According to the research, 116 healthy people to rate the intensity of their pain when a small spot of skin on their arm or leg was heated to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. A few days after pain-sensitivity testing, participants had their brains scanned in an MRI machine. Contributed By Sonia Narula