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Add Neck Problems to Reasons Not to Smoke

Posted 19 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 – Here's yet another reason to snuff out that cigarette: Smoking can damage the cervical discs in your neck, a new study contends. The discs, located between your vertebrae, absorb shock to the spine. They become dehydrated and shrink with age, and this degeneration can lead to neck pain. This new study found that smoking seems to worsen this natural wear and tear. The researchers analyzed CT scans of 182 people. Current smokers had more advanced cervical degenerative disc disease than nonsmokers, according to the study. The findings were to be presented Thursday at the Association of Academic Physiatrists' annual meeting, in Sacramento, Calif. "This is another example of the detrimental effects of smoking. Tobacco abuse is associated with a variety of diseases and death, and there are lifestyle factors associated with chronic neck pain," said lead investigator ... Read more

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Acupuncture May Ease Neck Pain Over Long Term

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – Two alternative therapies – acupuncture and the Alexander technique – appear equally beneficial for the long-term relief of chronic neck pain, new research reports. Both therapies involve educating patients in ways to relieve stress, as well as improve posture and balance. These techniques appeared to help reduce neck pain in the 12 months following treatment compared with drugs and traditional physical therapy, the British researchers said. "In general, it is difficult to find long-term treatments that have a positive effect on chronic neck pain," said lead researcher Hugh MacPherson, of the department of health sciences at the University of York. "But, both acupuncture and the Alexander technique lessons did." With both techniques, patients learned methods they could use in their daily life, he said. "They could make changes in coping that didn't involve ... Read more

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Scientists Discover Substance That Causes Pain

Posted 28 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 28 – The human body produces a substance similar to capsaicin – which makes chili peppers hot – at sites of pain, and blocking production of this substance can ease pain, a new study shows. The findings may lead to the development of non-addictive painkillers, according to the researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In work with mice, the scientists found that a family of fatty acids called oxidized linoleic acid metabolites (OLAMs) play an important role in the biology of pain. "This is a major breakthrough in understanding the mechanisms of pain and how to more effectively treat it," senior investigator Kenneth Hargreaves, chair of the Department of Endodontics in the Dental School at the UT Health Sciences Center, said in an UT news release. "These data demonstrate, for the first time, that OLAMs constitute a new family of ... Read more

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