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There is a clear link between pain and depression, but does pain make us depressed, or does depression cause pain? Jayakumar Ananthan/Unsplash

The link between chronic pain and depression: which comes first?

Having already had depression or anxiety increases the risk of developing persistent pain, and developing a chronically painful condition dramatically increases chances of becoming depressed.
Not just a wives' tale: growing pains are common in kids. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: are growing pains real?

Growing pains are the most common childhood musculoskeletal condition resulting in frequent visits to healthcare professionals.
A snapshot of 2015: health reviews, Health Check series, thalidomide series, Medicare versus private health insurance. AAP; Shutterstock; Julian Smith/; Dave Hunt/AAP

2015, the year that was: Health + Medicine

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?
Fibromyalgia can be made more difficult when the pain doesn’t seem to have a visible cause. Silvia Sala/Flickr

Hidden and unexplained: feeling the pain of fibromyalgia

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.
More women suffer pain from almost all afflictions, and we still don’t understand why. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Genders experience pain differently, and women have it more

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.
Certain words or phrases doctors use to describe pain can make it better or worse. Tracy/Flickr

The right words matter when talking about pain

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?
It’s not just the extent of the injury, but also social factors such as education levels that affect pain levels and duration. from www.shutterstock.com.au

What dictates how much pain you feel after injury?

"Psychosocial" factors such as education levels affect how much pain you will experience.
Pain doesn’t originate at the site as most think, it’s created by the brain so we protect the area that’s in danger. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Explainer: what is pain and what is happening when we feel it?

Pain scientists are reasonably agreed that pain is an unpleasant feeling in our body that makes us want to stop and change our behaviour.
‘A gran don’t come for free’ Berna Namoglu

How music can help relieve chronic pain

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.

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