Psychology & Psychiatry

Experiencing physical pain can cause you to overspend

Suffering from pain causes consumers to spend more money than they otherwise would—perhaps 20% more—according to new research I conducted. This is based on the idea of what marketing scholars call the "pain of paying." ...

Oncology & Cancer

India's culture of coping with cancer

When Dwaipayan Banerjee began studying the lives of poor cancer patients in and around Delhi, India, he noticed something distinctive: Virtually none of them used the word "cancer" itself. One elderly man Banerjee met got ...

Health

Middle-aged Americans report more pain than the elderly

As people age, they tend to report more acute or chronic pain—a common sign of getting older. Yet, in the United States, middle-aged adults are now reporting more pain than the elderly, according to a paper published in ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Q&A: Back pain issues

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 45 and relatively healthy. But about a year ago, I hurt my lower back while working in the yard. I felt a sharp pain and could barely walk. It took about a month to heal. Then about a month ago, I hurt ...

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