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What's Changing? - Pain

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October 2021

  • Despite global declines in poverty, increases in literacy and growing access to health care we have seen over the past several decades, many people in the world are in immense pain, which can be seen in disconcerting upticks in addiction, depression and suicide, particularly in wealthier nations. Wealth, technology and other advances may be aiding and abetting this suffering, according to Stanford psychiatrist and author Anna Lembke. What's going on? The human brain seeks balance. When we overindulge in food, drugs or tech, our brains look to bring us back down to Earth, which tips the balance from pleasure to pain. What can help right this balance? Accepting that pain is sometimes OK and learning to sit with it, rather than fight it, Lembke says.

 

November 2020

  • Many people today live longer than ever but modern lifestyles often mean too little activity, poor nutrition and chemically deficient food. This can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, autoimmune disorders, cancer, chronic pain, and the like. Medicine can treat the symptoms of these diseases, but not always the underlying causes. Sarah Warren, a certified Clinical Somatic Educator, seeks to educate chronic pain sufferers about how to move properly. Warren explains that while poor posture and ingrained muscle patterns contribute to chronic pain, you can train your body to move differently and try to alleviate that pain.

 

October 2020

  • Ultra-endurance athletes may have a lower sensitivity to pain than other elite athletes. A German scientist completed a study on the pain tolerance of ultra-endurance runners. Subjects in the study had to hold their hands in ice water for as long as possible. The non-athlete control group lasted an average of 96 seconds before giving up; every single one of the runners, in contrast, made it to the three-minute safety cut-off, at which point they rated the pain as a mere 6 out of 10 on average. There have been some hints in previous studies that pain tolerance is a trainable trait, and that endurance training is one way of enhancing it.

 

September 2019

 

July 2019

  • Searching for new ways to help people manage chronic pain has become a Holy Grail for the pharmaceutical industry. Demand is rising inexorably while concerns are growing about the effectiveness and long-term impact of established treatments, such as opioid drugs. Stem cell therapy is an emerging treatment option for chronic pain. It uses a person’s own stem cells to repair damaged tissue and regenerate healthy tissue, to help repair and heal damage and degeneration. Stem cell treatments have reduced the need for prescription medication and surgery, proving to be a helpful tool towards managing and potentially eliminating pain in the body. Meanwhile, advances in nanotechnology, which manipulates particles that are 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, may have the potential to transform pain management. The technology supports minimally invasive surgery, which reduces peripheral damage and speeds up recovery, and makes it possible to deliver medication in the smallest doses where it is needed most, reducing potentially harmful side effects.

 

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December 2018

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