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Opioid-exposed newborns may react to pain differently after birth

May 16, 2019

Babies exposed to opioids while their mothers were pregnant with them may need special care even before they start to experience withdrawal symptoms, according to Penn State research. Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine found that as soon as 24 and 48 hours after birth, babies who were…

'Alexa, I’m in pain': Smart assistants could help combat opioid crisis

Apr 22, 2019

For patients suffering with chronic pain, relief could soon be found as close as their nearest smart assistant. Researchers at Penn State are developing a way to deliver on-demand, guided mindfulness practices via Amazon Alexa to patients experiencing chronic pain. Through their method, a smart…

Emotions like anger and sadness may cause pain as well as being a result of it

Sep 10, 2018

While emotions such as anger or sadness are often thought of as being a result of stress or pain, findings recently published by Penn State researchers suggest that negative or mixed emotions could function as stressors themselves. The manuscript, published in the journal Psychological Reports on…
News Topics: EmotionPainStress

Opioids and non-opioid analgesics affect different types of stress

Jul 17, 2018

Mu-opioids and non-opioid analgesics appear to differentially affect the psychological and physiological components of psychosocial stress, according to a recent study funded by NIDA, NIGMS, and NIMH. In a between-subject design, healthy young adults (18-40 y) were randomly assigned to receive…
News Topics: OpioidsPainStress

Love hurts: Spats with spouse may worsen chronic pain, other symptoms

May 15, 2018

A fight with a spouse may end in hurt feelings, but for those with chronic conditions like arthritis or diabetes, those arguments may have physical repercussions as well, according to researchers. They found that in two groups of older individuals — one group with arthritis and one with diabetes —…

Facing adversity early in life linked with more physical pain in adulthood

May 9, 2018

Experiencing trauma as a child may influence how much pain an individual feels in adulthood, according to Penn State researchers. Gaining insight about who feels more pain and why is important as issues like the opioid crisis continue to escalate. The researchers found that experiencing trauma or…