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Listening to music may ease cancer patients’ pain

In the study, breast cancer patients assigned to 30 minutes of music listening five times a week had “noticeably” reduced side effects of cancer and its treatment over 24 weeks, researchers report in the European Journal of Cancer Care. The patients said the music helped their physical and psychological well-being because it distanced them from […]

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Treadmill exercise can help ease period pain, finds study

Researchers conducted a trial over a seven-month period to see how treadmill exercise benefited women suffering from primary dysmenorrhea, commonly known as period pain. Women aged between 18 and 43 were asked to take part in a supervised aerobic training regime three times a week for four weeks, beginning the day after the end of […]

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Strong link found between chronic headache and back pain

A review of 14 studies found that people with persistent headache or back pain were twice as likely to experience the other disorder as well. Chronic headaches and back pain both appear in the top five causes of years lived with disability. Healthcare professionals often treat the conditions separately, but there is a theory that […]

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Scientists discovered new pain organ in the skin

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered a new sensory organ that is able to detect painful mechanical damage, such as pricks and impacts. The discovery is being published in the journal Science. Pain causes suffering and results in substantial costs for society. Almost one person in every five experiences constant pain and there […]

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Are teenagers growing ‘skull horns’ due to excessive smartphone use?

More than a year ago, a pair of Australian researchers published a paper in Scientific Reports to little fanfare. In it, they noted that a surprising number of young people were developing bone growths on the backs of their skulls. The researchers posited that this was due to the amount of time they spent looking […]

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Weight loss in obese migraine sufferers can improve their quality of life

“If you suffer from migraine headaches and are obese, losing weight will ameliorate the quality of your family and social life as well as your work and school productivity. Your overall quality of life will greatly improve,” said lead study author Claudio Pagano, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of […]

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Mother’s physical and emotional health during pregnancy has an effect on baby’s health

Dr Andrew Lutzkanin, a physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Penn State Health, has a research interest in perinatal outcomes. He said the journey to motherhood taxes a woman in more ways than one. Because about half of all pregnancies nationwide are unintended, he said he doesn’t always have a chance […]

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Risk of heart complications increases for sleep apnoea patients post-surgery

People having surgery may be more likely to experience cardiovascular problems afterward when they have a common night-time breathing disorder known as sleep apnoea, a study suggests. Compared to patients without apnoea, people with severe apnoea were more than twice as likely to die of heart complications or experience serious cardiac events like heart attacks […]

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