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Thanksgiving Blues

Published: November 26th, 2014

You may feel exhausted after your Thanksgiving dinner but do you know why? People have been saying that it is due to the amino acid tryptophan which is found in […]

Novel Clues How Fibromyalgia Works

Published: October 30th, 2014

Have you ever gotten out of the pool or bath and noticed wrinkling on your hands and feet? The wrinkling is thought to be part of an evolutionary development to […]

Could Autonomous Sensory Meridian Responses be Effective for Relaxation?

Published: August 1st, 2014

Have you ever felt tingling in your neck and spine after hearing someone whisper? Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is the sensation many people experience after hearing sounds such […]

Tylenol for Back Pain? Does it Really Work?

Published: July 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: July 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: July 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: June 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: June 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: March 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 […]