Protein In Wheat Linked To Inflammation In Chronic Health Conditions

A protein in wheat triggers the inflammation of chronic health conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, scientists have discovered. It also contributes towards the development of non-coeliac gluten sensitivity. With past studies commonly focusing on gluten and its impact on digestive health, this new research turns the…Continue readingProtein In Wheat Linked To Inflammation In Chronic Health Conditions

Knowingly Taking Placebo Medicine Eases Back Pain

It is conventional medical wisdom that placebo effects depend on patients’ belief they are getting pharmacologically active medication. A recent paper is the first to demonstrate that patients who knowingly took a placebo in conjunction with traditional treatment for lower back pain saw more improvement than those given traditional treatment…Continue readingKnowingly Taking Placebo Medicine Eases Back Pain

Targeting Microglia To Reduce Neuropathic Pain

Chronic neuropathic pain, could be greatly reduced in animals if the injury was treated targeting microglia within a few days, finds a new Rutgers University study. Neuropathic pain, which is caused by nerve damage as a result of an injury, surgery or a debilitating disease like diabetes or cancer, affects…Continue readingTargeting Microglia To Reduce Neuropathic Pain

Hypnotic Trance: Brain Areas Altered In Hypnosis Identified

The power of hypnotic trance to alter your mind and body is due to changes in a few specific areas of the brain, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered. The scientists scanned the brains of 57 people during guided hypnosis sessions similar to those that might…Continue readingHypnotic Trance: Brain Areas Altered In Hypnosis Identified

Chronic Pain And Depression: Which Comes First?

It’s easy to imagine that people with persistent pain have cause to become depressed. After all, it’s a problem that affects every part of life, not just the bit that got injured. But like so much to do with persistent pain, it becomes harder to unravel exactly what the relationship…Continue readingChronic Pain And Depression: Which Comes First?

Lyrica: The Epilepsy Drug That Treats Chronic Nerve Pain

Lyrica is the brand name for a prescription medicine called pregabalin. Although it is an anticonvulsant, or an anti-epileptic drug, pregabalin is commonly prescribed to alleviate nerve or neuropathic pain – a type of pain caused by damage to, or a disease affecting, nerves. Neuropathic pain doesn’t normally respond to…Continue readingLyrica: The Epilepsy Drug That Treats Chronic Nerve Pain

Unexplained Lower Back Pain? It Could Be Ankylosing Spondylitis

Lower back pain is common and many of those who have suffered it can identify, or at least guess, the event that led to their back injury. Perhaps it was weekend sport or a garden project. Often a trip to the GP or physiotherapist will confirm suspicions and a suitable…Continue readingUnexplained Lower Back Pain? It Could Be Ankylosing Spondylitis