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Can Chronic Pain Changes be Reversed?

Published: Aug 8th, 2013

Neuroplasticity refers to the nervous system’s ability to change its structure and function. The brain’s ability to reorganize itself has been demonstrated many times including when it is recovering from […]

Is Marijuana Effective for Chronic Pain?

Published: Jul 25th, 2013

Ever since medical marijuana, or cannabis, became legal in some states (but not in Florida), there have been qualms about its use in chronic pain patients. However, it may only […]

Are Body Weight and Lack of Physical Activity Risk Factors for Fibromyalgia?

Published: Jul 8th, 2013

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain condition primarily characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. Other symptoms include stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, cognitive difficulty, and mood disturbance. The condition […]

Are Some People Born to Run?

Published: May 23rd, 2013

We’ve all heard the same piece of advice at some point or another; diet and exercise is the key to good health. But what if some of us are genetically […]

Can Animals, like Humans, Learn Socially?

Published: Apr 30th, 2013

Or is animal behavior determined only by genes and individual learning?  In a groundbreaking study published in the journal Science [340:483-5(2013)], researchers showed that when Vervet monkeys roam, they behave […]

Brain Scanning of Pain

Published: Apr 26th, 2013

Accurate and reliable pain measurements have always been relevant for pain research and clinical practice. One of the most widely accepted ways to measure pain is  visual analogue scales (VAS). […]

CBT Decreases Resting Brain Activity of Patients with Comorbid Insomnia and Fibromyalgia

Published: Apr 9th, 2013

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been used for the treatment of mood disorders and chronic conditions for a long time. Individuals suffering from chronic pain syndromes have been shown to […]

Is Recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Possible?

Published: Mar 27th, 2013

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a multifaceted and complex condition characterized by debilitating fatigue, impairments in concentration, and musculoskeletal pain. About 5 years ago, the UK government issued funding for […]

Is Alcohol Consumption Associated With Less Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

Published: Mar 20th, 2013

We’ve known for years that drinking a couple glasses of red wine a week can decrease our risk of heart disease, stroke, and may even reduce our risk for diabetes. […]

How Does 2D4D Predict Knee Osteoarthritis?

Published: Mar 15th, 2013

2D4D is not the name of Han Solo’s (Star Wars) robot sidekick but represents the length ratio of index to ring finger. Interestingly, this ratio predicts the occurrence of knee osteoarthritis […]