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22 March, 2024

Looking For A Beam Of Light To Heal Chronic Pain

Chronic pain (CP) is a leading cause of disability and a potential factor that affects biological processes, family relationships, and self-esteem of patients. However, the need for treatment of CP is presently unmet. Current methods of pain management involve the use of drugs, but there are different degrees of concerning side effects. At present, the potential mechanisms underlying CP are not completely clear. As research progresses and novel therapeutic approaches are developed, the shortcomings of current pain treatment methods may be overcome. In this review, we discuss the retinal photoreceptors and brain regions associated with photoanalgesia, as well as the targets involved in photoanalgesia, shedding light on its potential underlying mechanisms. Our aim is to provide a foundation to understand the mechanisms underlying CP and develop light as a novel analgesic treatment has its biological regulation principle for CP. This approach may provide an opportunity to drive the field towards future translational, clinical studies and support pain drug development.

22 March, 2024

Eight In 10 Brits With Pain Issues Struggle With Everyday Life, Study Finds

Eight in 10 Brits with regular pain issues, such as back pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia, are struggling with day-to-day living, according to new research.

21 March, 2024

NIH Study Provides Long-Awaited Insight Into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

In the eyes of the medical community, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME/CFS, has had a legitimacy deficit for decades. Now, a team of 75 multidisciplinary scientists and clinicians from across the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and collaborators have completed an extensive inpatient study of a carefully selected group of people with postinfectious ME/CFS, published in Nature Communications.

21 March, 2024

Researchers Develop Blood Test For Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

The study, published in the journal Biomedicines, would also open up new avenues for research into the pathology and clinical care of the chronic condition, they said. Fibromyalgia is characterised by widespread muscle pain and fatigue, sleep disturbances, and mood and cognitive changes.

21 March, 2024

Gut Microbiota Imbalances Could Influence Fibromyalgia

A systematic review found quantitative and qualitative imbalances in the intestinal microbiota of patients with fibromyalgia. Observational studies are needed to confirm the findings, a researcher told Healio.

20 March, 2024

Powerful Words Being Heard

A profile of New Zealand poet and ME/CFS sufferer Anna.

20 March, 2024

Severe ME Patient Millie’s Family Tells The Canary The Situation Is ‘Heartbreaking’

A young woman who lives with severe ME is still being dangerously neglected by an NHS hospital – despite interventions, media coverage, a petition, and social media uproar. The situation is such that her family has told the Canary they are concerned she is “declining daily” – and that the situation is “heartbreaking”.

20 March, 2024

Queensland's CHO Believes The Symptoms Of Long COVID Are Real — But He Wants People To Stop Calling It That

Influenza can be a severe and extremely serious illness. That's why every autumn, health departments religiously trot out a mantra encouraging the populace to get a flu jab. In a small percentage of people, flu kills. And then there are the stories of Australians who develop myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) after contracting a virus. Sometimes, it's the Epstein Barr virus, which causes glandular fever. In other cases, Ross River virus is suspected as a trigger.

19 March, 2024

Long COVID Awareness Day: As People Suffer, Little Is Understood

March 15 marks Long COVID Awareness Day. The day is designed to shed greater light on a mysterious condition, post-acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC) or Long COVID. The medical condition is particularly vexing as it does not have any definitive diagnostic tests, therapeutic treatments, and limited clinical information for providers and patients to really understand it. Along with a multitude of symptoms, one of the significant health issues associated with the condition is neurological. Specifically, brain fog has often been a persistent symptom of the condition. In recent commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine, clinicians remarked on studies looking at the cognitive issues associated with Long COVID.

19 March, 2024

Edwina Bartholomew Opens Up About Surprising Marriage Setup

Sunrise star Edwina Bartholomew has candidly shared insights into her unique marital setup that has taken many by surprise. In a revelation that defies conventional living arrangements, Edwina Bartholomew reveals truth behind shock marriage arrangement, which includes living in separate homes and having different sleeping quarters. This arrangement, while unconventional, has sparked interest and curiosity about the dynamics of modern relationships. The arrangement aids her husband’s recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome.

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