What We’re Reading

Let’s start with the good news.

Why Sleep is the Best Painkiller

“The scientists found that the smallest changes in the participants’ sleep patterns correlated with changes in pain sensitivity.

‘The results clearly show that even very subtle changes in nightly sleep — reductions that many of us think little of in terms of consequences — have a clear impact on your next-day pain burden,’ [Adam} Krause says.

“This is a critical neural system that assesses and categorizes the pain signals and allows the body’s own natural painkillers to come to the rescue,” notes Krause. “

Study: Compound In Red Wine Can Alleviate Knee Pain

“A new study from Baghdad’s Al-Rafidain University College found that osteoarthritis patients who were administered resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red grape skin, reported reduced pain and inflammation in their knees.“

Back pain and the placebo effect: ‘I’ll keep taking the pills’

“The 71-year-old was confined to a wheelchair and using morphine because of his back pain.

But after he took part in our study, taking our convincingly-labelled blue-and-white-striped “new” painkillers, he seemed like a different person.”

Now for the kinda scary stuff.

Factors Associated With Persistent Opioid Use Among Injured Workers’ Compensation Claimants

“In this cohort study of 9596 workers’ compensation claimants who were initially treated with an opioid prescription, approximately 30% of claimants continued to fill opioid prescriptions beyond 90 days from injury. “

Fact or Fiction: Do Redheads Feel More Pain?

“Was my hair color to blame? It is, after all, a rumor every redhead has heard: we feel more pain and need more painkillers.

A look at the published research suggests that the genes that determine my hair color may play a role, but the science itself is murky.”

Common Painkiller Poses Risk to Heart Health

“One of the most widely used painkillers may pose a threat to cardiovascular health. This is the main takeaway of new research, recently published in The BMJ.

The European Society of Cardiology therefore carried out an extensive review of existing research that concluded that nonaspirin NSAIDs should not be prescribed to individuals at high risk of heart disease.“

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