Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Break the pain cycle—relax, sleep and recover

Extreme pain is highly destructive, often accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite and mood changes. A novel nerve activity modulator technology addresses the pain and welcome sleep follows.

Surgery

How to avoid opioid addiction after surgery

(HealthDay)—Following surgery, many patients head home with prescriptions for 30 or more opioid painkillers—enough to trigger addiction, warns a leading group of anesthesiologists.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Can pain increase the risk of dying early?

Pain that interferes with daily life, rather than pain per se, was associated with an increased risk of early death in a recent analysis.

Genetics

Genetic link to kidney stones identified

A new breakthrough could help kidney stone sufferers get an exact diagnosis and specific treatment after genetic links to the condition were identified.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Witnessing ritual pain exhausting for loved ones

Witnessing the ritualistic suffering of loved ones may be more exhausting than actually experiencing extreme pain, according to a study involving Victoria University of Wellington researchers.

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