Though many adults report a fear of needles, most research on needle fear has focused on children.
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Free doughnuts and lotteries may drive some people to get their COVID-19 vaccine. But for those who are afraid of needles, other interventions may be necessary.
Stretching exercises are often prescribed by health professionals, such as physiotherapists, to reduce pain.
Some people with back pain see immediate benefits from stretching.
Men and women underestimate women’s pain – and overestimate the pain of men.
Both male and female observers are susceptible to the false belief that women exaggerate their pain.
Mathematical literacy can allow us to listen to historically marginalized voices that are less heard yet powerful and strong to analyze interlocking systems of violence and oppression.
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While the mobilization of mathematical literacy can be a powerful tool in the context of social movements, there is also dangers in numerating violence and pain.
The use of cannabis, though safer than many other drugs, is not entirely without risk.
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Weed, though far less dangerous than many other drugs, is not entirely without risk. Some 59% of people treating pain with medical cannabis experience moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms
At critical developmental periods when young children are learning about themselves, others and the world, they are frequently seeing pain portrayed unrealistically in kids’ TV shows and movies.
In children’s media, pain is depicted alarmingly frequently, usually unrealistically and often violently, but without empathy or help. These images of pain send all the wrong messages.
Between a third and half of people in the UK suffer from chronic pain.
Finding a more personal and expressive way to talk about pain can empower sufferers and may help diagnose some conditions.
There are many ways to control pain.
Anaesthesia aims to relieve labour pains, whereas natural methods aim to help women cope with it. What does the evidence say about the options?
Small but fierce: Grasshopper mice can eat prey that are toxic to other mice.
Animals that regularly dine on toxic food may hold clues for designing new drugs to treat persistent pain in humans.
Parents can provide effective comfort and pain management for their infants.
There are effective ways to help reduce babies’ pain during blood draws and injections, but they are used in less than 50 per cent of newborns. Here’s how to ease your infant’s pain.
Vaginismus is one of the leading causes of painful sex. Many people haven’t even heard of it, but vaginismus is extremely common and it can have a huge impact on women, their partners and relationships.
The Spike protein on the surface of SARS-CoV-2 must bind to proteins on the surface of human cells to trigger an infection.
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Scientists in the UK and Germany discovered a new doorway that the COVID-19 virus uses to infect human cells. This reveals new therapeutic possibilities for blocking the virus.
A pregnant woman stands in front of her work station.
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Popular pain medicines sold over the counter could be bad for a developing fetus. A pharmacologist explains why, and why the FDA is warning pregnant women to avoid these drugs.
One-year-old Quentin Brown is held by his mother, Heather Brown, as he eyes a swab while being tested for COVID-19 at a new walk-up testing site at Chief Sealth High School in Seattle on Aug. 28, 2020.
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Child health psychologists offer research-based strategies to prepare kids for pain-free and distress-free COVID-19 testing.
Spending money can seem a bit easier when you’re in physical pain.
New research suggests people who are experiencing physical pain are willing to spend more money than they otherwise would.
Lockdowns have a key role in controlling COVID-19 but we must be aware of the risks of isolating people who are vulnerable to suicidal distress.
The spike protein on SARS-CoV-2 interferes with pain perception.
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The SARS-CoV-2 virus usually infects the body via the ACE2 protein. But there is another entry point that allows the virus to infect the nervous system and block pain perception.
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A new study of how stinging tree venom causes intense agony may help uncover new ways to manage pain.
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A new silicone ‘skin’ contains electronics that mimic the human body’s lightning-fast response to pain, potentially paving the way for smart prosthetics that can detect painful sensations.
Strategies to ease pain and fear during injections are recommended by health organizations such as the Canadian Paediatric Society.
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These strategies for easing needle pain and fear make vaccinations and other injections easier for parents and children. They are simple and helpful for all ages, from infants to adults.