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Feb. 21, 2009 — Cellular therapy with stem cells is revolutionizing the focus of treatment of many serious diseases. Replacing the cells of damaged tissue with other new cells from the same patient is already a reality. This is the basis of cellular therapy and regenerative medicine, the latest great advance in biomedicine. In this line, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona is exploring an innovative cellular therapy that uses stem cells to treat Crohn's disease, a chronic genetic disease that affects 1% of the population in Spain and which has considerable impact on the quality of life of the patients. The procedure is based on an autologous bone-marrow transplant (when patients receive a transplant of their own stem cells) and now constitutes a treatment option to cure an intestinal disease that sometimes does not successfully respond to drugs and requires highly complex surgery that does not provide a cure.
Feb. 18, 2009 — Widespread body pain in fibromyalgia patients is associated with specific brain metabolite abnormalities, according to research in The Journal of Pain . Scientists at Louisiana State University examined 16 fibromyalgia patients to assess the role in fibromyalgia pain played by metabolite abnormalities in the hippocampal region of the brain. The hippocampus is sensitive to the effects of stress exposure and can be affected in a variety of disorders, like fibromyalgia, which are associated with stressful experiences. Fibromyalgia is considered a stress-related disorder because of the frequent onset and exacerbation of pain symptoms. Brain imaging studies have shown there are central nervous system disturbances that occur in response to pain stimulation.
Main Category: Pain / Anesthetics Article Date: 22 Feb 2009 - 1:00 PDT Current ratings for: Managing The Debilitating Effects Of Chronic Pain - Podcast Chronic pain can have a debilitating affect on one's life, stipulated by: interference with daily activities; decreased independence and withdrawal from interactions with family and friends. Back pain sufferers reported feels of isolation and desperation. To discuss this issue, Dr Carol Campbell, talked for IPP-SHR podcasts, about how participants, through observing the reactions of others, learnt to withdraw from talking about their pain so as not to be judged as complaining and to be seen as a 'back bore'.
Chronic pain is a problem that—when healthcare, lost income, and lost productivity are taken into account—is estimated to cost about $100 billion in the United States each year. More than a quarter of Americans age 20 or older, or about 76.5 million people, say they've experienced pain that lasted longer than 24 hours, according to the American Pain Foundation—and 42 percent have endured pain lasting longer than a year. Nobody keeps good long-term national stats, but if North Carolina's experience is any guide, the numbers are on the rise : A just-published study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that the prevalence of chronic low-back pain in the state more than doubled, to 10.2 percent, between 1992 and 2006. Paul J.
Are you hesitant to seek medical advice about your pain? These questions may help you decide whether it's time to call the doctor: Is your pain interfering with multiple activities (work, school, social life)?
Complex regional pain syndrome is a disease characterized by severe pain, swelling, and skin changes, according to David N. Maine, MD, director of the Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. “It can affect one or multiple extremities [with characteristics including] severe pain and sensitivity, swelling, skin changes [abnormal color] and decreased range of motion,” he says.