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Distinct Brain Systems Mediate Nociceptive Input and Self-Regulation on Pain

Woo and colleagues asked the question: Does cognitive self-regulation influence the pain experience by modulating representations of nociceptive stimuli in the brain or does it […]

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MBSR for Patients with Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Chronic distal symmetrical polyneuropathy is a common long-term complication of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.1 In addition, it is estimated that 15–20% of […]

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Chronic Psychological Stress Impairs Muscle Recovery Following Resistance Training

In a study examining the role of chronic mental stress in the recovery of muscle function and somatic sensations following resistance exercise, 31 undergraduate students […]

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Pain, the Amygdala and Mindfulness

The amygdala is a component of the limbic system and plays a central role in attaching emotional-affective content to sensory input.1,2 The amygdala is active […]

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Stress Weakens Prefrontal Cortex Networks

The prefrontal cortex (PFC) plays a central role in our cognitive abilities, including generating thoughts, modulating attention, regulating emotions and initiating actions.1,2 In addition, the […]

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Stress Amplifies Negative Effects of Pain on Hippocampal Neurogenesis

Many patients with chronic pain can suffer with anxiety and depression as well as learning and memory impairments. The hippocampus is a brain area that […]

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Mindful Attention to Breath Down-Regulates Amygdala

In a study examining the effects of mindful attention to the breath (MATB) on prefrontal cortical and amygdala activity, 26 healthy volunteers with no prior […]

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Pain, Opioid Misuse and Mindfulness

Opioid therapy for chronic pain is associated with increased risk for opioid misuse, abuse and overdose.1 “Opioid misuse” can be described as any use of […]

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The Chronic Stress of Chronic Pain: Clinical Implications

For many of our patients, chronic pain is a chronic stress. Unfortunately, the resulting ongoing physiological stress reaction can have neurotoxic influences in key brain […]

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MBSR for Veterans with Gulf War Syndrome

Of the approximately 700,000 military personnel deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991 and 1992, at least ¼ have reported negative health consequences, including musculoskeletal […]

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