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National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day!

Today we acknowledge those who live with chronic pain and celebrate their courage and strength. We strive to educate the public and bring awareness of Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain illnesses. The UF Center for Musculoskeletal Pain Research is studying the mechanisms of chronic pain and fatigue.

Can a Healthy Diet Decrease Chronic Pain?

 A recent research study was interested in knowing how fats alter chronic pain. Participants who experienced chronic migraines for over 3 months were asked to change their fatty acid diet to see if polyunsaturated fatty acids or omega-6 actually influence their chronic pain. Researchers think that a high…

Too Much Heat Affects Your Sleep

We have all experienced the effects of a sleepless night such as body aches, fatigue, moodiness and brain fog. Sleep troubles may at least in part depend on your body temperature. Research has found that a better night’s sleep is linked to lower core temperature at night.

Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones and Cause Chronic Pain

A recent research study has found that broken bones can lead to widespread body pain. Researchers found that spine and hip fractures increase a person’s risk of experiencing long-term widespread pain compared to people who had no fractures. The causes of chronic pain are not well known…

Can Resveratrol Boost the Benefits of Exercise?

People have been consuming wine through the ages.  Recently researchers have been interested in the effects of wine consumption on the body, specifically the effects of red wine. A recent study has found that resveratrol; a compound found in red wine, boosts heart rate, amps up muscle performance…

It May Not Be Gluten That Upsets Your Stomach

Gluten is the protein that gives dough its elasticity; it makes wheat bread fluffy and pie crusts crispy. However, for many of us gluten may also be the reason for abdominal pain, rashes, and fatigue. A new research study suggests that individuals who are sensitive to gluten yet do…

Do Microglia Cause Chronic Pain and Fatigue?

Microglia surround and protect the neurons in our brains and spinal cord. These cells are the main immune defenders in the brain and are responsible for releasing inflammatory and neuro-protective substances. These substances may cause symptoms of fatigue, pain, and mental fogginess. For most patients these symptoms can be crippling at times. Some…

Doctors Say to Avoid Sleep Interruptions!

A tired sleepless woman puts the pillow over her head and looks helplessy at camera. Isolated over white. We’ve all experienced the effects of a poor night’s rest. You…

Wireless Control of Pain in Mice

Researchers have developed a new wireless technology that has the potential to interfere with pain signals in the spinal cord. These wireless implantable devices have the ability to activate nerves and potentially even block pain signals in the spinal cord before they reach the brain. Researchers say these implants may…

Does Your Brain Sometimes Sleep While You’re Awake?

Most of us believe that sleep is an all-or-nothing state…you’re either awake or asleep, nothing in between. However, researchers have discovered, for quite some time now that parts of the brain shut-off or become less active while other parts of the brain remain active. Could this be the reason…