HEAL - Helping to end addiction long-term

HEAL: Helping to End Addiction Long-term

Dr. Staud is part of a research initiative at the NIH (National Institutes of Health) named HEAL. HEAL stands for Helping to End Addiction Long-term. It is an initiative designed […]

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Acetaminophen May Reduce Empathy

Acetaminophen (like Tylenol) is a popular over the counter pain reliever and research shows it can dull more than just pain. Acetaminophen reduces activity in parts of the brain related […]

Graph showing the relationship between pain intensity and stimulus intensity. Allodynia occurs when the stimulus is weaker and hyperalgesia when the stimulus is stronger

High Pain Sensitivity

Many factors like trauma, stress, infections, can increase your pain sensitivity. Patients with chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia (FM) have greater sensitivity to pain. This abnormal pain sensitivity can come […]

Dog Sleeping - Losing Sleep Can Hurt

Losing Sleep Can Hurt

It is well known that sleep and pain have a very strong relationship. Researchers recently set out to try to find out what mechanisms in your brain cause your pain […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia can Reverse Brain Atrophy in Patients with Fibromyalgia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

Dr. Staud collaborated on a research project looking at the impact of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and cognitive behavioral therapy for pain (CBT-P) on patients with fibromyalgia. The […]

Your health depends on more than just your genes

Your Health Depends on More than Just Your Genes

Did you get a genetic test for Christmas? These tests are becoming more and more popular as many people are curious to know how their genes influence their health. It […]

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Your immune system may be more involved in your health than you think

Inflammasomes

The inflammasomes are immune system receptors and sensors that regulate the cells of the immune system. Inside of the brain, this mostly consists of microglial cells that are responsible for […]

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The Human Connectome

A “connectome” is a map of all of the connections between the neurons (nerve cells) in your brain (see image below). There are trillions of these connections and scientists are […]