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Chronic pain relief: Mindfulness may be just as good as CBT

Chronic pain relief: Mindfulness may be just as good as CBT

New research appearing in the BMJ journal Evidence-Based Mental Health suggests that mindfulness could be a promising alternative to cognitive behavioral therapy for relieving some of the psychological and physical symptoms of chronic pain. Mindfulness may be a useful alternative to CBT for easing chronic pain, new research shows. According to the most recent survey […]

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How does psoriatic arthritis affect the nails?

How does psoriatic arthritis affect the nails?

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that commonly develops in people with psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes a rapid buildup of skin cells. These cells form patches of itchy, often irritating skin that doctors call plaques. Changes in the nails are common symptoms of both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. However, psoriatic […]

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What causes gas pain during pregnancy?

What causes gas pain during pregnancy?

Women often have excess gas during pregnancy in addition to morning sickness and fatigue. Gas can cause uncomfortable bloating, cramps, and abdominal pain. This article discusses the causes of gas in the different phases of pregnancy. We also cover treatments and home remedies for gas, and how to tell when abdominal pain is a cause […]

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What to know about psoriatic arthritis of the knee

What to know about psoriatic arthritis of the knee

Psoriatic arthritis can develop in people who have psoriasis, and it affects many joints, including the knee. Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes skin cells to build up and form patches of itchy, dry skin called plaques. If a person with psoriasis develops psoriatic arthritis as well, it may cause one or more joints, […]

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What causes bladder pain?

What causes bladder pain?

Bladder problems can cause pain in the middle of the lower abdomen, including while urinating. There are several different causes of bladder pain, including infections and inflammatory disorders. The bladder sits in the center of the pelvis. If a person feels pain in the lower right or left abdomen, it is less likely to relate […]

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Common pain relievers may worsen C. difficile infection

Common pain relievers may worsen C. difficile infection

A study finds that certain pain relievers may promote Clostridium difficile infection. The results may help improve the management of the condition and its symptoms. Clostridium difficile infection is relatively common and can be serious. Clostridium difficile, also called C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that causes inflammation of the colon. This health […]

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What is a TENS unit and does it work?

What is a TENS unit and does it work?

A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit is a battery-operated device that some people use to treat pain. TENS units work by delivering small electrical impulses through electrodes that have adhesive pads to attach them to a person’s skin. These electrical impulses flood the nervous system, reducing its ability to transmit pain signals to the […]

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Is it safe to mix aspirin and ibuprofen?

Is it safe to mix aspirin and ibuprofen?

Taking aspirin and ibuprofen at the same time can cause side effects. The safety of mixing these drugs depends on the reasons why people are taking them. Aspirin and ibuprofen are both pain relievers from the same family of medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Because they are from the same family of […]