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What works best for back pain?

Your back is robust and you should use it. This is the message that many back patients are hearing from their doctor today. But is that enough? Do they recover more quickly if they receive more treatment, like physical therapy?

Why adolescent girls have more health complaints than boys their age

Stress from schoolwork and low self-esteem can be reasons why girls in their mid-teens experience more subjective health complaints than teenage boys. A Norwegian study indicates that body dissatisfaction is less of a factor than anticipated.

Decreasing painkiller use lowers symptoms of depression and anxiety

Reducing painkiller consumption reduces pain and symptoms of depression and anxiety, new research shows.

Scientists find a cause for one of the most painful disorders in the world

Trigeminal neuralgia -- one of the most painful disorders in the world -- is caused by pressure on the nerves in the brain, new research reveals.

New method to detect toxin can replace animal testing

A chemical analysis can effectively detect botulism types, thus avoiding the need to sacrifice mice as part of the diagnostic process.

Tests for pelvic joint pain not reliable at all

Some pregnant women are more sensitive to pain than others and end up being wrongly treated for pelvic joint pain, study shows.

New treatment could put an end to stomach pains

Danish scientists are pioneering a new treatment for patients with severe irritable bowel syndrome.

Scientists shock cod to gauge pain

Tests on Atlantic cod could lead to a discovery of whether fish simply react to harmful stimuli or actually feel pain much as we do.

Music can relieve chronic pain

Scientists have found that music can help reduce chronic pain. Previous studies in this field have only focused on acute pain.

Blood poisoning doubles risk of heart attack and stroke

Patients with blood poisoning from pneumonia and urinary tract infection have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke than other hospitalised patients.