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Losing Sleep Can Hurt

Published: February 21st, 2019

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

Published: February 1st, 2019

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

Published: January 18th, 2019

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 […]

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


Published: January 4th, 2019

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

Published: December 18th, 2018

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 […]

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Doctor Visits Can Save Lives

Published: December 6th, 2018

Research studies have shown that fibromyalgia patients have an increased risk to die by suicide. Risk factors for suicidal ideation and attempt included self-reported fatigue, dizziness and weakness as well as […]

Caffeine may lower your pain sensitivity

Caffeine may lower your pain sensitivity

Published: November 20th, 2018

Researchers at the University of Alabama recently looked at the relationship between pain sensitivity and caffeine intake. They had 62 adults measure their daily dietary caffeine consumption for a week […]

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Powerful Pain Relief

Published: September 18th, 2018

Expectations and memories of pain or pain relief can influence your pain. They play an important biological role; cues that help you predict how painful something might be, influence your […]

Sugar Pill

The Mighty Sugar Pill

Published: September 18th, 2018

Researchers at Northwestern University recently published a study on the effects of a sugar pill on chronic back pain patients. About half the patients in the study experienced a 30% […]

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The Impact of Mindfulness Meditation on Pain

Published: June 29th, 2018

Are you aware of the benefits associated with meditation? The act of mindfulness meditation involves bringing one’s complete attention to the present moment–where it can influence many aspects of health […]