Clinical trial shows promise of stem cells in offering safe, effective relief from arthritic knees

Stem cells collected from the patient’s own bone marrow holds great interest as a potential therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee (KOA) because of their ability to regenerate the damaged cartilage. The results were released today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine (SCTM). KOA is a common, debilitating disease of the aging population in which the … Read more

I feel you: Emotional mirror neurons found in rats

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience have found that the rat brain activates the same cells when they observe the pain of others as when they experience pain themselves. In addition, without the activity of these mirror neurons, the animals no longer share the pain of others. Finding the neural … Read more

Dental abscess: Symptoms, treatment, and causes

A dental abscess, or tooth abscess, is a buildup of pus that forms inside the teeth or gums. The abscess typically comes from a bacterial infection, often one that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the tooth. Bacteria exist in plaque, a by-product of food, saliva, and bacteria in the mouth, which sticks to … Read more

Pain under the right breast: Causes, symptoms, and treatments

While pain under the right breast is rarely a cause for concern, it can sometimes indicate an underlying condition. Some possible causes of this pain include injuries, infections, muscle strain, inflammation, and gastrointestinal issues. A strain or injury are common causes of pain under the right breast, and the pain usually gets better on its … Read more

Study suggests ‘rest is best’ for carpal tunnel and similar injuries: Rest offers relief for overuse-induced disorders without the side effects of drugs

In a new study conducted in rats, researchers found a four-week period of rest was nearly as effective as an experimental drug at reducing discomfort and regaining function after an injury from repeated moderate-strain activity. The findings are relevant to treating common musculoskeletal disorders caused by overuse, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, tendinosis and … Read more

Can blocking a single protein tackle depression, obesity, and pain?

Depression, obesity, and chronic pain are some of the most pressing global health concerns. New research may have found a drug that could one day tackle all of these three conditions. Scientists may have identified a protein inhibitor that could tackle three conditions at once. Almost 40 percent of adults in the United States were … Read more

Migraine-linked protein exhibits sex-specific pain effects

Dr. Greg Dussor is the corresponding author of the study and an associate professor of neuroscience in the UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Credit: UT Dallas / Ricardo Castrillón A new preclinical study from University of Texas at Dallas researchers may help explain why migraine is three times more common in women … Read more

Acetaminophen can reduce positive empathy for others

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new study by an Ohio University faculty member showed that acetaminophen limited positive empathy a person has for others while taking it. The study, titled “A Social Analgesic? Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) Reduces Positive Empathy” was conducted by Visiting Assistant Professor Dominik Mischkowski. In the study, 114 participants were either given 1000 … Read more

All the Cannabinoids in Marijuana That Aren’t THC

The CBD and THC in marijuana is getting all the attention these days, but many other cannabinoids hold untapped healing compounds. (Credit: PRO Stock Professional/shutterstock) Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states as of November 2018. Yet the federal government still insists marijuana has no legal use and is easy to abuse. In the meantime, … Read more

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