How many of us have heard of the phrase “waiting for the other shoe to drop”? Many of us have experienced feeling anxiety for a possibly imminent disaster and stressing nonstop over it. Studies now suggest that uncertainty of not knowing about things to come is actually worse than knowing for sure whether a certain event … Read More

Most people are able to feel pain and in most cases, they dislike it. There are currently both medical and non-medical ways by which one could relieve pain. However, the inability for one to feel pain is reserved for those with a rare genetic mutation called congenital insensitivity to pain; people with this condition are insensitive to pain, … Read More

We all know the feeling. Everything is going fine when all of a sudden, a dull aching pain begins at the temples and spreads throughout your head. Tired and fatigued from the pain, you feel unmotivated to work, and just want to go home and take a nap. Headaches are one of the most common … Read More

“Toxin” is a name that frequently reminds people of death and evil. However, tetrodotoxin (TTX), a neurotoxin more potent than the chemical weapon sarin gas and the beloved murder tool cyanide, sheds light on our fight against chronic pain. Currently, opioids are the most common form of pain relief for cancer patients. However, a review of the effects of … Read More

You might have heard the phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but how about “A smile a day keeps depression away?” Smiling not only shows others that you’re happy, but it also reduces your stress and anxiety. When you smile or laugh, your body releases a chemical called endorphin, which reduces negative emotions, stress, and pain. Endorphins transmit electrical … Read More

The number of over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications out there is astounding. When faced with dozens of variations of one basic drug, it can be hard to tell your Tylenol from your Advil from your Motrin. However, despite the wide variety of OTC pain medications circulating, there are only two main types: acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs … Read More

Who out there has never had a bruise before? Maybe you have had the bad misfortune of being hit in the face with a baseball. Maybe you are a clumsy person and just accidentally hit yourself on random objects a lot. Either way, some of you may have used anti-bruising cream, but have you ever tried to … Read More

Back pain, a relatively widespread condition, is often discounted, and its inconveniences are often downplayed. Still, this condition, chronic or acute, can greatly affect an individual’s life and restrict his or her flexibility and freedom to engage in several everyday activities. About 80% of adults experience lower back pain. It is the most common work related … Read More

If you’ve ever accidentally burned or cut yourself, you understand the resulting pain that is oftentimes unbearable. It is important for your body to be able to experience pain otherwise you wouldn’t realize that all your fingers have been cut off from dicing onions. However, in cases such as recovering from medical treatment, pain is often … Read More

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