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Serotonin Levels May Clarify Unexplained Pain

A newly-discovered biological mechanism could explain heightened somatic awareness, in which people experience pain that has no physiological explanation. Patients with heightened somatic awareness often experience unexplained symptoms — headaches, sore joints, nausea, constipation, or itchy skin — that cause emotional distress, and are twice as likely to develop chronic pain. The condition, associated with […]

Fibromyalgia Patients Show Elevated Brain Glial Activation

Widespread inflammation in the brains of patients with the poorly understood condition called fibromyalgia has now been documented for the first time. Characterized by symptoms including chronic widespread pain, sleep problems, fatigue, and problems with thinking and memory, fibromyalgia affects around 4 million adults in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Explosive Synchronization Seen In Fibromyalgia Brain Networks

Patients with fibromyalgia have brain networks primed for rapid, global responses to minor changes, a new study finds. This abnormal hypersensitivity, called explosive synchronization (ES), can be seen in other network phenomena across nature. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea reported this evidence of ES […]

Green LEDs Show Promise For Treating Chronic Pain

Treating chronic pain with green light-emitting diodes (LED), researchers at the University of Arizona have found non-pharmacological approach to managing the condition. Chronic pain afflicts over 100 million people across the United States. The study involved rats with neuropathic pain that were bathed in green LED. They showed more tolerance for thermal and tactile stimulus […]

Thalassotherapy: Why Swimming In The Sea Is Good For You

If you live near the sea, make frequent trips to the beach, or are planning an island holiday this summer, chances are you’re getting more out of it than just enjoyment. It has long been thought sea frolicking has many health benefits. Historically, doctors would recommend their patients go to the seaside to improve various […]