Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Pain-Topics.org News/Research UPDATES: Topical NSAIDs for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain?: According to a recently reported Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis, topically applied nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) provide relief of chronic osteoarthritis pain in the knee or hand that is comparable to oral NSAID formulations and significantly better than placebo. However, there was no evidence for topical NSAIDs benefitting any other chronic pain conditions and the availability of high quality research data overall was limited; adequate data could be found only for topical diclofenac.
Friday, 26 October 2012
Poor Sleep & Quality of Life in Fibromyalgia: The more symptoms people reported, the worse they rated their health-related quality of life. The impact of sleep-related problems was significantly greater for people with fibromyalgia than for health people in the control group, suggesting "a uniqueness of the burden of sleep difficulties" for people with this condition.
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Atos documents reveal chaos behind Tory benefit reforms|27Oct12|Socialist Worker: Bungling officials at the Department for Work and Pensions have put confidential documents online. They reveal fears that the firm’s noxious reputation and nature of its tests will see it struggle to recruit enough healthcare professionals.
Monday, 15 October 2012
Premature-Aging Marker Linked to Fibromyalgia Pain: When comparing telomeres from women with fibromyalgia to those of healthy women, researchers discovered that the fibromyalgia telomeres tended to be slightly shorter, but not to a significant degree. However, they said high pain levels were associated with shorter telomere length. Those with high pain and high depression scores had the shortest ones, with the difference being approximately equal to six years of aging.
Friday, 12 October 2012
The Physiological Basis for Depression in Fibromyalgia: The review concludes that the multiple common physiological characteristics shared by depression and fibromyalgia are responsible for the large overlap. Researchers say this provides a framework for understanding the relationship and also sheds light on appropriate treatment avenues.
New model explains role of dopamine in immune regulation: Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is associated with emotions, movement, and the brain's pleasure and reward system. In the current issue of Advances in Neuroimmune Biology, investigators provide a broad overview of the direct and indirect role of dopamine in modulating the immune system and discuss how recent research has opened up new possibilities for treating diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis or even the autoimmune disorders.
Thursday, 4 October 2012
Pain-Topics.org News/Research UPDATES: New Research on Vitamin D, Pain, & Mortality: Benefits of Vitamin D continue to be featured in the news and medical journals. Some of the latest reports suggest that if you have a loved one who is afflicted with painful rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis, or is elderly and frail, make sure they get plenty of vitamin D — they may have less pain or disability and live longer as a result.
Lysine, Turmeric for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Lysine helps with cellular repair, and I started taking it to help with my weak, splitting fingernails, fragile hair, and slow-to-heal skin (any scratches I got were taking months to go away.) I recently wrote about a hypothesis one doctor is testing - that fibromyalgia is linked to herpes simplex 1 - and that put lysine front and center in my mind. The amino acid is generally believed to suppress the herpes virus, and I always take extra when I get a cold sore. Some cases of chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to another herpes virus, HHV-6.
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Countering Negativity with Positivity Makes Situations Worse: Countering someone's negativity with your positivity doesn't work because it's argumentative. People don't like to be emotionally contradicted and if you try to convince them that they shouldn't feel something, they'll only feel it more stubbornly. And if you're a leader trying to be positive, it comes off even worse because you'll appear out of touch and aloof to the reality that people are experiencing.
Will the Euro crisis be solved by the end of 2012?: It will come as no surprise to learn that the vast majority [...] believe that the crisis will not be solved by the end of 2012. Indeed, if you look at the worldwide press and the comments from various experts it is difficult to see whether the crisis will be resolved in the next decade never mind the next six months. The most pessimistic of expats appear to be living in France, Australia and the UK and when you bear in mind that the UK government recently announced a 0.7% contraction of the UK economy in the second quarter of 2012, we can truly understand the scepticism.