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NIH study shows benefits, limits of therapy for rare inflammatory syndrome

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

Part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Largest US Yoga Study To Date Finds Yoga Eases Back Pain

Sherman, Karen J, Cherkin, Daniel C, Wellman, Robert D, Cook, Andrea J, Hawkes, Rene J, Delaney, Kristin, Deyo, Richard A, A Randomized Trial Comparing Yoga, Stretching, and a Self-care Book for Chronic Low Back Pain, Arch Intern Med. October 24, 2011,  doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.524

GPs Can Refer Patients With Chronic Pain To Osteopaths, Australia

GPs can refer patients to Osteopaths for chronic pain treatment under the Medicare Plus scheme. Patients diagnosed with chronic pain by a GP may receive a $45.85 Medicare Plus rebate for each osteopathic service under the Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC). Refer to for more information.

ABMP Commits To Help Raise Massage Therapy Status As Low-Back Pain Treatment

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals(ABMP) has pledged $15,000 to help gain medical recognition of massage therapy as a treatment for low-back pain, which afflicts millions of Americans. ABMP is pleased to make a lead grant to the initiative and the funds pledged represent one fourth of those needed to advance a review under the auspices of the National Institutes for Health, Office of Medical Applications of Research.

Can the Foods You Eat Make a Difference in Chronic Pain?

You may be familiar with the anti-inflammatory medications, but have you heart of anti-inflammatory foods? The foods you eat really do have an affect on how you feel.

Biopsychosocial Management of Back Pain

General practitioners may have a difficult time implementing biopsychosocial management of patients with non-specific back pain because of a desire to avoid conflict with their patients, a new study suggests.

Genetic Mechanism Helps Explain Chronic Pain Disorders

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered that commonly occurring variations of a gene trigger a domino effect in chronic pain disorders. The finding might lead to more effective treatments for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) and other chronic pain conditions.

Hernia - Just wait it out and see

It’s extraordinary how many health problems can be left well alone without the doctor having to do anything. The approach is known in medical circles as ‘watchful waiting’, and it’s a strategy that more doctors would do well to adopt for a number of conditions.

Gene Mutation Which Prevents Carriers From Feeling Pain Discovered By Cambridge Led Team

Researchers have discovered a gene mutation which prevents the otherwise healthy carriers from sensing pain, after studying three related families with a rare genetic disorder in northern Pakistan. The research, published in the journal Nature, provides insight into the mechanics of pain and could lead to the development of more effective pain treatments.

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Pain may accelerate aging by 30 years

A study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, says the abilities of those ages 50-59 with pain were far more comparable to subjects ages 80-89 without pain and they appear 20 to 30 years older than non-pain sufferers.

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Efficacy Of Selected Complementary And Alternative Medicine Interventions For Chronic Pain

Published by the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development to provide an up-to-date review of the efficacy of selected CAM modalities in the management of chronic pain. (Update June/07)

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CAM-Oriented Primary Care Providers Result In Cost Savings, High Patient Satisfaction

Patients visiting chiropractors and other holistically-oriented physicians who serve as primary care physicians (PCPs) have lower utilization costs and higher patient satisfaction levels than patients treated by conventional medical doctors. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics


Sea snail key to pain relief

Unique University of Queensland research could revolutionise the treatment of pain – thanks to a humble sea snail.

Dr Jenny Ekberg, a Research Fellow with UQ’s School of Biomedical Sciences, has studied a toxin produced by a marine snail found on the Great Barrier Reef, which has the ability to precisely target chronic pain without severe side effects.

Cigarette Smoking Impairs Ligament Healing

Gill CS, Sandell LJ, El-Zawawy HB, Wright RW. Effects of cigarette smoking on early medial collateral ligament healing in a mouse model. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, vol. 24, pp. 2141-2149. Dec. 2006.

CHRONIC PAIN. Drug-free evidence.
"If you think research is expensive, try disease."
Mary Lasker (American health activist)