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Tylenol for Back Pain? Does it Really Work?

Published: Jul 25th, 2014

A new Australian study found something remarkable about a popularly-prescribed pain medication, acetaminophen (Tylenol®). Recently published in The Lancet, the study compared the efficacy of acetaminophen and placebo (sugar pill) […]

Can Gene Modifications Alter Pain Sensitivity?

Published: Jul 16th, 2014

One of the best methods to study the effect of genes on our lives is to use identical twins. Although these twins have identical sets of genes, they can be […]

Are There Better Treatments for Fibromyalgia?

Published: Jul 9th, 2014

There are currently two frequently used treatments available for fibromyalgia (FM) and chronic pain: pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions. Drug therapies, for FM include medications such as GABA analogues and antidepressants. […]

Newly Discovered Muscle Hormone Can Explain the Benefits of Exercise

Published: Jun 27th, 2014

The next time your doctor tells you to exercise regularly, you may want to take him more seriously. Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found an exercise-induced hormone, coined irisin, […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Depends on Nerve Growth Factor

Published: Jun 17th, 2014

A recent study published in Neurology and Neurophysiology reports an interesting discovery regarding the relationship between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). BDNF […]

Will Chronic Pain Always Get Worse Over Time?

Published: May 15th, 2014

Does pain processing worsen the longer one has had Fibromyalgia? At the Center for Musculoskeletal Pain Research, we are trying to unravel the role of aging for pain sensitivity and […]

Transcranial Direct Current or Repetitive Magnetic Stimulation for FM Pain

Published: Mar 28th, 2014

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) is a chronic widespread pain condition that is accompanied by fatigue, cognitive disturbances, and dysfunction. Patients suffering from FM also experience decreased quality of life and increased […]

Will Brain Connections Help Reveal the Brain’s Secrets?

Published: Feb 28th, 2014

We have sought to understand the brain for as long as we have been able to formulate thought. However, with over 100 billion neurons working together, the human brain remains […]

Will Florida Soon Legalize Medical Marijuana?

Published: Feb 12th, 2014

In November, Floridians will decide whether to legalize medical marijuana. The marijuana would be available only through a prescription for the treatment and management of “debilitating medical conditions”, such as […]

Inflammatory Biomarkers in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Major Depression

Published: Jan 15th, 2014

Major depression is a mental disorder characterized by fatigue, low self-esteem, loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities, and lack of energy. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating disorder […]