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May 25, 2015

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May 25, 2015

Single Low-Magnitude Electric Pulse Successfully Fights Inflammation

May 13, 2015 — The results of research on the therapeutic potential of vagus nerve stimulation have now been released. Prior to this study, it was not understood which vagus nerve fiber types were responsible for ... read more

Brain Chemical May Offer New Clues in Treating Chronic Pain

May 6, 2015 — A chemical in the brain typically associated with cognition, movement and reward-motivation behavior -- among others -- may also play a role in promoting chronic pain, according to new research. The ... read more

Proteomics Provides New Leads Into Nerve Regeneration

May 5, 2015 — Using proteomics techniques to study injured optic nerves, researchers have identified previously unrecognized proteins and pathways involved in nerve regeneration. Adding back one of these proteins ... read more

Nerves Move to Avoid Damage

May 5, 2015 — New research can help explain the prevalence of widespread syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica. According to the results, neural movements can be measured by using non-invasive ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — New research highlights how nerves -- whether harmed by disease or traumatic injury -- start to die, a discovery that unveils novel targets for developing drugs to slow or halt peripheral ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — A new study has identified the trigger behind the most severe forms of cancer pain. The study points to TMPRSS2 as the culprit: a gene that is also responsible for some of the most aggressive forms ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — In certain types of cancer, nerves and cancer cells enter an often lethal and intricate waltz where cancer cells and nerves move toward one another and eventually engage in such a way that the cancer ... read more

Adenosine Receptor Can Activate 'Off Signals' for Pain

Apr. 16, 2015 — Pain is the most common reason that people seek medical attention, but the available treatments are not always successful at relieving pain in patients with chronic pain. Now researchers found that ... read more

Epilepsy Drug May Preserve Eyesight for People With Multiple Sclerosis

Apr. 16, 2015 — A drug commonly taken to prevent seizures in epilepsy may surprisingly protect the eyesight of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new ... read more

Increasing Evidence Points to Inflammation as Source of Nervous System Manifestations of Lyme Disease

Apr. 16, 2015 — About 15 percent of patients with Lyme disease develop peripheral and central nervous system involvement, often accompanied by debilitating and painful symptoms. New research indicates that ... read more

Apr. 7, 2015 — Combining nortriptyline and morphine provides better pain relief than using either drug alone, according to a new study. "Chronic pain is an increasingly common problem and can exert disastrous ... read more

'Gold Standard' for Pain Relief After Shoulder Surgery May Not Be 24 Karat

Mar. 31, 2015 — Around 10,000 patients undergo shoulder surgery in Ontario every year and most go home the same day. Since it's quite a painful procedure, a lot of effort goes into making sure patients can ... read more

How the Brain 'Remembers' Pain

Mar. 26, 2015 — A mechanism that is responsible for the chronification of pain in the brain has been discovered by researchers, possibly pointing to new strategies for the medical treatment of chronic pain, the ... read more

Significant Blocking of Opioid Tolerance With Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplant

Mar. 24, 2015 — Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation reduced opioid tolerance and opioid-induced hyperalgesia caused by daily morphine injections in rats, according to new research. Not only was opioid ... read more

Association Between Migraine, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Found

Mar. 23, 2015 — Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome are more than twice as likely to have migraine headaches, reports a new study. Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome have symptoms such as hand numbness and ... read more

Early Imaging for Back Pain in Older Adults Not Associated With Better Outcomes

Mar. 17, 2015 — Older adults who had spine imaging within 6 weeks of a new primary care visit for back pain had pain and disability over the following year that was not different from similar patients who did not ... read more

Targeted Drug Doubles Progression Free Survival in Hodgkin Lymphoma

Mar. 19, 2015 — A phase 3 trial of brentuximab vedotin (BV), the first new drug for Hodgkin lymphoma in over 30 years, shows that adults with hard-to-treat Hodgkin lymphoma given BV immediately after stem cell ... read more

Spinal Cord Neurons That Control Pain and Itch

Mar. 19, 2015 — The spinal cord transmits pain signals to the brain, where they are consciously perceived. But not all the impulses arrive at their destination: Certain neurons act as checkpoints and determine ... read more

Erectile Dysfunction Drug Relieves Nerve Damage in Diabetic Mice

Mar. 17, 2015 — New animal studies found that sildenafil, a drug commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction, may be effective in relieving painful and potentially life-threatening nerve damage in men with long-term ... read more

Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion Surgery: Less Painful, Faster Recovery, Smaller Incisions

Mar. 12, 2015 — A minimally invasive spinal fusion back surgery results in less blood loss, less postoperative pain, smaller incisions, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery and return to work. Rather than ... read more

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