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Smokers past and present ‘live in more pain’

Smokers past and present ‘live in more pain’

Health
People who smoke, and even those who have given up, report living in more pain than those who have never picked up the habit, a report suggests.The findings are based on an analysis of data from more than 220,000 people conducted by UCL.The researchers say the reason why is unknown, but could include smoking causing permanent changes in the body. The anti-smoking campaign group Ash said the findings should not come as a surprise given the dangers of smoking.Scientists were analysing data from a set of online experiments in the BBC Lab UK Study, in which people took part between 2009 and 2013.They were sorted into three categories: never smoked daily used to smoke daily or currently smoke daily They were asked how much pain they lived in and this was c...
Brain response to pleasure, pain may inform new mental health treatments

Brain response to pleasure, pain may inform new mental health treatments

Health
Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The human brain is naturally trained to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Now, a new study in mice has provided some clues into how these processes occur. The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Neuron, may improve understanding of the way the brain performs in people with certain mental health disorders. "Behavioral changes in people with depression or stress-induced anxiety may be caused by changes" in how the brain responds to positive and negative stimuli, said Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory professor and study lead author Bo Li, in a press release. Li and his colleagues believe their work has revealed that different classes of neurons control positive and negative motivation and transmit opposing signals along a shared motivation-processing brain circuit. Ultimat...
Acupunture may help reduce cancer pain, analysis finds

Acupunture may help reduce cancer pain, analysis finds

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Dec. 19 (UPI) -- People with cancer desperate to relieve the pain often associated with the disease may want to explore one of the oldest medicinal approaches in the world: acupuncture. A review of 14 clinical trials published Thursday in JAMA Oncology found that the technique, in which needles are inserted into the skin, and a related "traditional medicine" approach called acupressure, "significantly" reduced cancer pain. People treated with the two approaches in general needed less prescription pain medication to resolve their discomfort, the review also found. "The findings of this systematic review and meta-analysis suggest that, based on moderate-level evidence, acupuncture and/or acupressure may be associated with significant reductions in pain intensity and opioid use," wrote the ...
Pop star Sia reveals battle with chronic pain disorder

Pop star Sia reveals battle with chronic pain disorder

Entertainment
Australian pop star Sia has revealed that she suffers from a neurological disease that gives her chronic pain.In a tweet, the singer-songwriter said she had Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a rare condition that can cause joint pain and extreme fatigue.Sia, 43, is known for being secretive about her life, and regularly hides her face under wigs and headgear.She has had a string of solo hits and has written other songs for Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry and Adele.The greatest 9 moments of Sia's career"I just wanted to say to those of you suffering from pain, whether physical or emotional, I love you, keep going," Sia tweeted on Friday. "Pain is demoralizing, and you're not alone".According to the UK's National Health Service there are ...
Vet says badger culls caused ‘immense pain’

Vet says badger culls caused ‘immense pain’

Science
Up to 9,000 of badgers are likely to have suffered "immense pain" in culls to control cattle TB, according to a former government adviser.Prof Ranald Munro is the ex-Chair of an independent expert group appointed by the government to assess its trials.He has written to Natural England to say that the policy is causing "huge suffering".He adds that the culls are not reducing TB in cattle and in one area the incidence of the disease has gone up.The culls began in 2012 following appeals from cattle farmers whose livelihoods are continuing to be damaged by the spread of TB. Prof Munro's independent expert group found that up 23% of badgers took more than five minutes to die after they were shot. These figures prompted the group to conclude that the culls were...