Startling new science reveals the truth about chronic pain

That’s not something you’d expect to hear from a doctor, especially one with the bona fides of Haider Warraich, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. The “misguided miseducation” of Western medicine, he argues, stems from “turning persons into patients and healers into providers, and by separating the body … Read more

links to chronic disease might be related to amino acids

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Plant-based diets have been popular in the media recently, but research shows that going vegetarian or vegan is not only good for the environment, but for our health, too. Meat-rich diets are linked to a range of health problems, from heart disease and strokes to type two diabetes and some cancers. … Read more

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Could Cause Chronic Pain

New research from McGill University reveals blocking inflammation may lead to chronic pain. Findings may change how we treat acute pain Whenever you have a headache, your back hurts, your arthritis flares up, or you have a fever, odds are you will be taking some anti-inflammatory medicine. NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are the most … Read more

Chronic pain — why science has scant succour for one in five people

Chiropractor Toya Burton treats Alabama man Robert Prince.Credit: Ilana Panich-Linsman / New York Times / Redux / eyevine The Song of our Scars: The Untold Story of Pain Haider Warraich Basic (2022) As a medical student in Pakistan, Haider Warraich loved to go to the gym. One day, while bench pressing, he dropped a 90-kilogram … Read more

UH experts in cloning and stem cell science take the first step toward unraveling cystic fibrosis

Two nationally recognized experts in cloning and stem cell science from the University of Houston are taking the first step toward limiting the consequences of chronic inflammation in cystic fibrosis (CF) by identifying the source of this persistent and enigmatic inflammation in CF lungs. Frank McKeon and Wa Xian at the Department of Biology and … Read more

Combining behavioral & data sciences to optimize chronic disease management

Digital tools have become an essential part of our lives. Online calendars guide our daily routine; Waze and Google Maps plan our routes – warning us of traffic or an accident ahead; websites and apps recommend restaurants nearby; and this is just to name a few. These technologies direct and redirect us, offering optimal guidance … Read more

The Link Between Inflammation And Chronic Back Pain May Not Be What We Thought

Inflammation is a core component of pain. But early inflammatory responses may protect against acute pain becoming chronic, according to an intriguing study of nearly 100 patients with low back pain. At first glance, the study, which also included mouse models of persistent pain and a population-level analysis of painkiller use, seemsingly goes against mounds … Read more

Scientists Discover Genetic Cause of Lupus, a Chronic Autoimmune Disease

Scientists carried out whole genome sequencing on the DNA of a child with lupus and discovered a suspicious gene mutation. They then ran experiments on mice to confirm that the mutation does indeed cause lupus. An international team of researchers has discovered[{” attribute=””>DNA mutations in a gene that senses viral RNA as a cause of … Read more

Fatigue After COVID Is a Real Issue. Here Are 5 Things You Can Do About It

People are often surprised by how fatigued they are during a COVID infection. Fatigue is more than being worn out or sleepy. It’s an excessive tiredness that persists despite resting or good sleep. It’s likely a result of our body’s strong immune response to the virus. But in some people the fatigue drags on even … Read more