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How to make a heating pad at home

Heating pads can relieve muscle aches and cramps, and help injuries heal. In this article, learn three ways to make a homemade heating pad.

New type of nerve stimulation relieves chronic back pain

A new stimulation therapy that specifically targets the nerves fibers involved could be an effective alternative to spinal cord stimulation, says study.

What is wryneck and how is it treated?

Wryneck, also known as torticollis, is a condition where the neck tilts to one side. Babies can be born with it, or people can develop it for several reasons. While wryneck can be uncomfortable, there...

Radial nerve injury: Everything you need to know

The radial nerve is prone to injury, even from minor incidents, such as sleeping on the arm. Radial nerve injury is also common after breaking the arm. In this article, learn about other causes, as we...

Nerve damage: Using electronic implants to hasten healing

Biodegradable electronic implants that deliver impulses to heal injured peripheral nerves and are absorbed after 2 weeks show promising results in rats.

What to know about constipation after surgery

Many people experience constipation after surgery. With gentle treatment methods, the symptoms should resolve within a few days. Learn more here.

Drug overdose rates are rising, but can we 'curb the epidemic for good?'

Scientists have conducted in-depth research into drug overdose trends. The findings may help specialists devise strategies to curtail this growing problem.

Is pain relief more effective when delivered by a stranger?

An intriguing new study asks whether a health treatment received from a stranger has a stronger effect than one received from someone you already know.

What is sumatriptan?

The sumatriptan oral tablet (Imitrex) is used to treat severe migraine headaches. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.

What is the difference between tramadol and hydrocodone?

Tramadol and hydrocodone are opioid medications that doctors prescribe for pain. Here, learn their uses, possible risks, and the differences between them.

Could video games help treat chronic back pain?

A recent study concludes that a special type of video game could be used to successfully reduce chronic low back pain at a patient's home.

How cannabinoid drugs affect the experience of pain

A new study reviews the effects of cannabis on the experience of pain. The results highlight the affective component in cannabis's pain-relieving effects.

What happens with a pinched nerve in the shoulder?

A pinched nerve in the shoulder, also known as cervical radiculopathy, occurs when something presses against a nerve coming from the neck. This often causes pain and weakness in the arm. Many cases re...

Through my eyes: Aortic dissection

Timo Söderlund is the co-founder of Global Aortic Awareness Day. He started this after being diagnosed with the condition in 2012.

Thumb arthritis: What to know

Thumb arthritis, or basal joint arthritis, affects the joint at the base of the thumb. It can cause pain and limit the thumb’s range of movement. Thumb arthritis is usually a type of osteoarthritis, m...

Double mastectomy recovery: What to know

It can be difficult to know what to expect after a double mastectomy. In this article, we discuss the physical and emotional side effects of surgery and provide tips to aid recovery at home. We also c...

How does RA affect different parts of the body?

The hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is pain in the joints, but it can also affect many other body parts. In this article, we look at the diverse systemic and long-term effects of RA.

What to know about rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy

Many women with rheumatoid arthritis experience a reduction in symptoms during pregnancy. However, this is not always the case, and some women may experience a flare shortly after childbirth. In this ...

Chronic pain and the power of placebo

The placebo effect is stronger in some people than in others. A new study unlocks the psychological and neuroanatomical differences between these people.

What is the link between lupus and arthritis?

Lupus and arthritis are separate conditions. However, arthritis is one of the most common symptoms of lupus. There may also be a genetic link between rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. In this article, w...

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