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How Weather Can Influence Your Pain

Many people suffering from chronic pain report that weather conditions worsen their pain. However, researchers have found mixed results. Using a smart phone app that collected local weather data and allowed participants with underlying pain conditions to track their daily pain symptoms including pain severity, mood, activity, and fatigue,…

Fibromyalgia and Stress

Stress has a direct impact on our health and plays a significant role in chronic pain. Previous research has shown that ongoing exposure to stressors is more strongly associated with chronic pain than a singular traumatic event. A recent analysis by a team of…

Mutations of Mitochondrial DNA May Contribute to Fibromyalgia

Research suggests that mitochondrial dysfunction (decreased cellular energy metabolism) has been shown to contribute to pain perception and chronic pain conditions. A recent research study examined the full mitochondrial genomes (mtDNA) of individuals with a variety of persistent pain conditions (CPPCs). They enrolled either normal controls or persons with…

Mindfulness Meditation Improves Well-Being Among Women with Fibromyalgia

Mindfulness meditation is a structured practice in which you focus on being deeply aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. A study was conducted to examine the effects mindfulness meditation had on 58 women with fibromyalgia. Participants partook in an 8-week mindfulness…

Blood Biomarkers for Fibromyalgia

A recent study set out to investigate the correlation between blood markers and pain intensity in women with fibromyalgia (FM). The researchers examined the correlation between proteins and pain intensity, sensitivity, and psychological distress among participants. Samples from 30 FM patients and 32 controls were used for analysis. The…

Physical Activity Can Prevent Dementia and Brain Aging

A longitudinal study investigated the relationship between physical activity (PA) and cognitive function. The study followed 16,700 persons between the ages of 54 and 75 for over 13 years. This study was unique by measuring cognitive changes over time while considering several social-economic and lifestyle influencing factors. The researchers…

What makes you continue when you’re in pain?

A study was conducted to evaluate if the relationship that marathon runners’ muscle pain experience and their coping strategies have anything to do with their race performance. All runners reported experiencing increasing levels of pain throughout the marathon; however, it was observed that those who used adaptive pain…

Build Your Resilience

How do you build resilience to get you through the COVID-19 pandemic? Resilience helps us withstand stress and to recover better, which is especially important when your schedule and life have changed so quickly. Psychologists recommend building resilience by “finding your footing”—slowing down, listening to experts and creating a…

Our Genes Contribute to Our Sensitivity

A recent study, led by researchers at the Queen Mary University of London, looked at the genetic basis behind sensitivity. They compared sensitivity in a sample of 2868 adolescent twins, with 1011 identical twins, 901 same-sex fraternal twins, and 956 opposite sex fraternal twins. Twins raised in the same…

Telemedicine as the New Alternative to In-Person Visits

Sometimes, when special circumstances like we are currently experiencing require, it is best to have minimal personal contact and to use social distancing as much as possible. Doctor’s visits may be minimal or canceled altogether if the visit is considered non-essential, however for those with chronic illnesses this…