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UCSD researchers warn of potential risk to civilians exposed to pesticides

March 10, 2008

By Kim Edwards

A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shows there is increasing evidence that high rates of illness in Persian Gulf War Veterans can be explained, in part, by exposure to certain chemicals, including pesticides and nerve agents. Veterans from the 1990-91 conflict have a higher rate of chronic, multi-symptom health problems than either non-deployed personnel or those deployed elsewhere. Symptoms routinely reported by these veterans include fatigue, muscle or joint pain, memory problems, trouble sleeping, rash and breathing problems. Read more...Collapse )

ScienceDaily (Oct. 3, 2007) — People who have the common chronic pain condition, fibromyalgia, often report that they don't respond to the types of medication that relieve other people's pain.

New research from the University of Michigan Health System helps to explain why that might be: Patients with fibromyalgia were found to have reduced binding ability of a type of receptor in the brain that is the target of opioid painkiller drugs such as morphine. Read more...Collapse )

ScienceDaily (Oct. 25, 2005) — For centuries, it has been generally believed women are the more sensitive gender. A new study says that, when it comes to pain, women are in fact more sensitive. According to a report published in October's Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), women have more nerve receptors, which cause them to feel pain more intensely than men. Read more...Collapse )
6th-Feb-2008 06:18 pm - Antidepressants Don't Ease Back Pain
I found this via MedTrackAlert. Emphasis mine:

A new analysis by a non-profit group that evaluates medical research has found that antidepressants don't help relieve back pain. Nearly one in four primary care doctors prescribes antidepressant meds to ease chronic lower back pain. But a review of 10 studies showed that back-pain patients who received antidepressants didn't experience any greater pain relief than patients who were given a placebo. The researchers also found that antidepressant treatment also didn’t curb the back-pain patients' depression.
Click here to read the official writeup.

Posted to painresearch, chronic_pain

ScienceDaily (Nov. 2, 2007) — The unexplained pain experienced by patients with fibromyalgia is the result of a mismatch between sensory and motor systems, new research suggests.

In a study published in the journal Rheumatology, researchers asked patients to look at a reflection of one arm whilst moving their other in a different direction which was hidden behind the mirror.

This created a mismatch between what the brain sees via sensory input and what it feels through the motor system that controls movement. Read more...Collapse )
25th-Sep-2007 10:17 pm(no subject)
Consumer Reports provides a report outlining the fact that anticonvulsant drugs are not the best or most effective choice for bipolar disorder, fibromyalgia, or neuralgia, though they are commonly used.


Oddly, after stating that the results are mixed at best, they then list "best buys" for anticonvulsants being used for the above conditions. I have heard that Lyrica works reasonably well; my personal experience with Gabapentin was negative.
16th-Sep-2007 03:27 pm - Thought I'd throw out a study for ya
Study shows qigong has positive results for firbomylagia

Disabil Rehabil. 2007 Jun 15;:1-9
The effect of Qigong on Fibromyalgia (FMS): A controlled randomized study.

Science Daily
Source: Society of Chemical Industry
Date: June 25, 2007

Potato Salad May Help the Immune System

Science Daily — It has long been known that eating potatoes is good for bowel health, but new research suggests that they may also have a beneficial effect on the whole immune system. Especially if eaten cold or in a potato salad, Anne Pichon reports in Chemistry & Industry. Read more...Collapse )
Date: January 30, 2007
Author: Matthew Hogg

Fibromyalgia pain reduced by electrical brain stimulation

Recent research demonstrates that external stimulation of the brain with an electrical current reduces the severity of fibromyalgia pain. Read more...Collapse )
Daily Mail
23/03/07 - Health section

World's first 'spinal transplant' carried out


Victims of chronic back pain were offered fresh hope with news of successful 'spinal transplant' surgery. Spinal discs from accident victims were transplanted into patients with disc degeneration in the cervical spine, the area nearest the neck. All reported improvements in their mobility and a reduction in symptoms such as weakness of the legs and bladder.

A report in The Lancet [summary below] says the pioneering treatment, carried out in China, offers hope for thousands of sufferers of severe disc problems, Read more...Collapse )
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