There’s hope for cancer patients. A jet lag drug could ease chemotherapy-induced pain

There’s hope for cancer patients. A jet lag drug could ease chemotherapy-induced pain

A drug used to ease the effects of jet lag may also prevent the painful side effects of cancer medications, a study claims. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and University of Aberdeen in the UK found that a drug known as melatonin appeared to prevent pain caused by chemotherapy damage to nerves by blocking the harmful effects on nerve health. They focused on a common condition known as chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain (CINP), which causes tingling and pain to touch and cold temperatures, that can be severe enough to cause…

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Researchers create a smart underwear that prevents lower back pain

Researchers create a smart underwear that prevents lower back pain

Engineers in the US have designed a smart, mechanised undergarment that may help prevent lower back pain by reducing muscle fatigue. While solutions for back pain are aplenty, most of them have at least one of three problems — they are unproven, unworkable or just plain unattractive. “People are often trying to capitalise on a huge societal problem with devices that are unproven or unviable,” said co-investigator Aaron Yang from Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, US. “This smart clothing concept is different. I see a lot of health…

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Menstruation Leave Is Now A Thing: Here’s How You Can Beat Period Pain Naturally

Menstruation Leave Is Now A Thing: Here’s How You Can Beat Period Pain Naturally

Undeniably, menstruation brings some of the most dreaded days in a woman’s routine. While some are lucky to breeze through them with much ease, others may experience severe abdominal pain, cramps, lower back pain, fatigue and weakness, nausea and vomiting among many other symptoms. Most women opt for medication to tackle the pain , others choose to stay in with some comforting food and a hot water bottle tucked in. Almost every woman must have skipped school or work at some point in her life owing to the excruciating period. While an Indian…

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Why You Feel Neck Pain When You Do Crunches

Why You Feel Neck Pain When You Do Crunches

Like most ever-evolving gym goers, I finally realized that to actually develop abs, I needed to start doing more core work (go figure!). But when I added a ton of crunch variations to my regular routine, I realized it wasn’t my abs that were tapping out from exhaustion—it was my neck. Every time I came up, the muscles holding my head were crying out louder than my soon-to-be six-pack. The pain went away like typical muscle soreness, so I assumed it just meant my neck was weak. Embarrassed, I never…

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I Thought My Pain Was Normal—Then I Found Out I Had a ‘Ton’ of Fibroids

I Thought My Pain Was Normal—Then I Found Out I Had a ‘Ton’ of Fibroids

I had never heard of fibroids when I was diagnosed with them in the ER one night just a few months ago. I had gone to the hospital because I was in so much pain, it felt like my appendix had burst. I had also been feeling very tired, experiencing painful cramping, and bleeding way more than normal during my period. But it didn’t occur to me that all those symptoms could be related; at 33, I figured they were just part of getting older. So when the doctor told me I had a “ton” of fibroids in…

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7 Natural Home Remedies for Heel Spurs to Relieve the Pain

7 Natural Home Remedies for Heel Spurs to Relieve the Pain

A heel spur is a condition which causes calcium deposits that lead to a bony intrusion under the heel bone. It is often associated to the inflammation of the connective tissues between the foot and the heel bone and thus, leaving you in pain. It may also lead to swelling, irritation and weakening of the arch bone. While the treatment includes exercise, anti-inflammatory medicines and surgery in some cases to remove the calcium deposits, there are few natural solutions to help you deal with the pain. Causes of Heel Spurs…

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Yoga Can Help Fight Back Pain: 4 Effective Poses You Must Try

Yoga Can Help Fight Back Pain: 4 Effective Poses You Must Try

Back pain can be caused by simplest of things. One of the most common reasons would certainly include sitting all day long with minimal physical activity. Wrong sitting posture, excessive driving, wrong sleeping posture or just an old injury resurfacing can be few factors contributing to that nagging back pain. In some cases skeletal imbalance or morbid obesity are also to blame. “The muscles between your shoulder blades, the Rhomboid and Trapezius muscles, work hard to keep your head straight in line with the centre of gravity.  When these are…

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7 Best Lower Back Pain Exercises You Can Do at Your Office Desk

7 Best Lower Back Pain Exercises You Can Do at Your Office Desk

Backache is a very common complaint which affects all age range. Pain in the lower part of the back is commonly referred to as Lumbago. It can be defined as mild to severe pain or discomfort in the area of the lower back.The pain can be acute (sudden and severe) or chronic if it has lasted more than three months. Most people will experience lumbago at some point in their life. It can occur at any age but is a particular problem in younger people whose work involves physical effort…

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Top Health Stories at 3pm, Feb 7: Weight Gain and Cancer, Green Tea, Obesity in Couples and Back Pain Drugs

Top Health Stories at 3pm, Feb 7: Weight Gain and Cancer, Green Tea, Obesity in Couples and Back Pain Drugs

Prevent gaining weight to avoid diabetes With a fall in the rate of obesity, the likelihood of getting susceptible to diabetes will also fall considerably. Experts at the University of Cambridge in England recently found that those who gained weight but managed to maintain it were at a lesser risk of developing diabetes as compared to those who kept gaining. Read more Green tea may help people suffering from bone-marrow disorders A compound found in green tea, called epigallocatechine-3-gallate (EGCG), may benefit people suffering from bone marrow disorders like multiple…

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Back Pain Again? Here’s Why Pain-killers May Not Help

Back Pain Again? Here’s Why Pain-killers May Not Help

Back pain is a simple thing that can get really disabling. The nagging pain in your lower back can meddle with your daily routine and put you on stress. With work pressure and personal commitments adding to up, popping those painkillers becomes the only option for most of us. A recent study published in ‘Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases’, suggests that back pain medication may not help you much. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may, on the other hand, cause many other health issues. The study found that only one in…

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