New research highlights how the pain of a breakup can linger for years.
This was the year of the health review – mental health care, Medicare, private health insurance, the pharmacy industry ... and the list goes on. But how much movement was there on policy?
Unexplained, chronic pain known as fibromyalgia affects up to 5% of the population. Yet there are no effective treatment options for the millions for whom each day begins with persistent pain.
When you're in pain, it's hard to think about anything else. In many cases, it won't go away until you take something for it, but how do you know what type and strength to take?
People in pain are subject to the ways their cultures have trained them to experience and express pain.
More women than men suffer from chronic pain, that is, pain that persists for more than six months. In addition, much of this pain remains undiagnosed or untreated.
Listen carefully to the language that surrounds people with pain. Listen to how you talk about them. Are you increasing their disability by using well-intentioned pain cliches?
"Psychosocial" factors such as education levels affect how much pain you will experience.
A significant decider of why some manage with chronic pain and some are disabled is the way their partners respond to them.
Pain scientists are reasonably agreed that pain is an unpleasant feeling in our body that makes us want to stop and change our behaviour.
There really is no reason to be a wallflower. Dancing could lower you pain threshold, help you make friends and even find a romantic partner.
We often think of posture as a physical thing – but our minds play a crucial part too.
We've learned a lot about how music can help with pain and a score of other clinical problems. But with chronic pain affecting a quarter of us, it's an area that has received too little attention.
Yeast can produce opioid from sugar but although a proof of concept, we're still far away from production at scale.
Nearly every second person in the world had a headache at least once in the past year. But these can feel very different, depending on which of the nearly 200 types of headache you have.
Pain is a subjective experience that often relies on talking to patients so it's harder to know what animals think.
Why men need to start taking care of themselves.
People develop a long-term problem after an episode of back pain if they expect to not recover. Steps by the medical sector to avoid catatrophising back pain by not suggesting scans will help.
It won't be long until patients like me can ward off pain using virtual reality.
The idea that we can achieve happiness by maximising pleasure and minimising pain is both intuitive and popular. The truth is, however, very different.