Low Frequency Electric Stimulation Can Treat Back Pain: Study
Low Frequency Electric Stimulation Can Treat Back Pain: Study
Patients in a small trial said their chronic pain improved an average of 90 percent over the course of 15 days, but returned shortly after the electrical stimulation sessions ended.
Low Frequency Electric Stimulation Can Treat Back Pain: Study
Low Frequency Electric Stimulation Can Treat Back Pain: Study

Patients in a small trial said their chronic pain improved an average of 90 percent over the course of 15 days, but returned shortly after the electrical stimulation sessions ended.

Patients in a small trial said their chronic pain improved an average of 90 percent over the course of 15 days, but returned shortly after the electrical stimulation sessions ended.

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Neuron-Released Protein Can Set Off Inflammation: Study
Neuron-Released Protein Can Set Off Inflammation: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Aug 19, 2021
Research in mice suggests that moderating nerve activity with drugs or electrical pulses could modify tissue immune responses, curtailing the chronic pain often associated with inflammatory conditions.
Pain Researcher Quits Academia, Takes Lab Home with Him
Pain Researcher Quits Academia, Takes Lab Home with Him
Jef Akst | May 1, 2021
After resigning from the University of New England last year, Geoffrey Bove continues to study the effects of massage on rats in a facility he set up in his house.
Mice Share Each Other’s Pain and Fear
Mice Share Each Other’s Pain and Fear
Amanda Heidt | Jan 14, 2021
The animals adopt the emotional state of their cagemates, and the parts of the brain engaged during the process are different for pain and fear, according to a new study.
Losing Touch: Another Drawback of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Losing Touch: Another Drawback of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ashley Yeager | May 19, 2020
Affectionate touches tap into the nervous system’s rest and digest mode, reducing the release of stress hormones, bolstering the immune system, and stimulating brainwaves linked with relaxation.
Facial Expressions Decoded in Mice
Facial Expressions Decoded in Mice
Ruth Williams | Apr 2, 2020
A combination of videography, machine learning, and brain imaging has identified facial expressions and neural activity patterns in mice that are associated with their emotions.
Opinion: We Still Lack Evidence that Cannabis Treats Cancer Pain
Opinion: We Still Lack Evidence that Cannabis Treats Cancer Pain
Jason Boland and Elaine Boland | Apr 1, 2020
Only an equal mixture of THC and CBD has been adequately tested, and it failed to alleviate pain in cancer patients.
Image of the Day: Lumbar Support
Image of the Day: Lumbar Support
Amy Schleunes | Mar 24, 2020
An experimental tissue engineering treatment that addresses damage at both the inner core and outer ring of sheep intervertebral discs improves spinal structure and function.
Macrophages in Mice Shuttle Mitochondria to Neurons in Need
Macrophages in Mice Shuttle Mitochondria to Neurons in Need
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 5, 2020
The findings could represent a novel mechanism for relieving inflammatory pain.
Image of the Day: Marijuana for Endometriosis?
Image of the Day: Marijuana for Endometriosis?
Amy Schleunes | Jan 31, 2020
THC, the psychoactive ingredient of cannabis, improved symptoms associated with the inflammatory disease in a mouse model.
Fish Biologist Victoria Braithwaite Dies
Fish Biologist Victoria Braithwaite Dies
Catherine Offord | Oct 30, 2019
The Penn State University scientist was known for her work on fish’s perception of pain.
How Evolution Made the Highveld Mole Rat Impervious to Ant Stings
How Evolution Made the Highveld Mole Rat Impervious to Ant Stings
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2019
Researchers identify changes to a pain receptor and to an ion channel that appear to enable the rodents to colonize otherwise inhospitable burrows.
Special Schwann Cells in Mice Play Unsung Role in Pain
Special Schwann Cells in Mice Play Unsung Role in Pain
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 16, 2019
The glia seem to make up part of a newly described sensory organ, the discoverers suggest.
Is Kratom Safe During Pregnancy? Researchers Start to Investigate
Is Kratom Safe During Pregnancy? Researchers Start to Investigate
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 26, 2019
Recent reports of babies born with opioid withdrawal symptoms after their mothers used kratom during pregnancy have generated much concern about the medicinal herb.
Researchers Identify Biomarkers for Pain in Blood Samples
Researchers Identify Biomarkers for Pain in Blood Samples
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 15, 2019
The expression of a slew of genes in psychiatric patients closely tracks pain intensity and predicts future emergency room visits, according to a study.
Men React to Repeated Painful Experiences Differently than Women Do
Men React to Repeated Painful Experiences Differently than Women Do
Diana Kwon | Jan 14, 2019
Men’s pain tolerance decreases when exposed to a setting where they’ve previously had a painful experience.
<em>The Scientist</em>&rsquo;s Most Stunning Infographics of 2018
The Scientist’s Most Stunning Infographics of 2018
Jef Akst | Dec 21, 2018
From cellular self-digestion to the effects of exercise on the brain, our features editor picks her favorite art custom-made for the magazine.
When Normal Touch Becomes Painful, the Same Neurons Are Involved
When Normal Touch Becomes Painful, the Same Neurons Are Involved
Ruth Williams | Oct 10, 2018
In a condition called mechanical allodynia, when everyday activities exact misery, the same neurons that ordinarily transmit normal touch are involved in feelings of pain.