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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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Can Positive Affect Attenuate Generalization of Fear of Movement-Related Pain?

Recent research suggests that learning processes are involved in the acquisition and generalization of pain-related fear. In a voluntary movement paradigm, Geschwind and colleagues undertook […]

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Can Positive Affect Attenuate Persistent Pain?

Substantial attention has been given to the impact of negative emotional states on persistent pain conditions. The adverse effects of anger, fear, anxiety and depression […]

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Affective Labeling Diminishes Amygdala Response to Negative Images

Affective labeling, or putting feelings into words, is thought to attenuate negative emotional experiences. In a study by Lieberman and colleagues, subjects underwent fMRI scans while they […]

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Mindfulness and Rheumatoid Arthritis

In a study examining pain and changes in cognitions, symptoms and affect, Davis and colleagues randomized 143 women diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis to mindfulness and […]

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MBSR, Psychological Functioning and Inflammatory Markers in Trauma-Exposed Women

Patients with a history of trauma are at an increased risk of developing chronic pain.1 The dysregulation of inflammatory responses due to early life stress […]

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