Enzymes could hold key to better understanding inflammation

Findings show promise for new anti-inflammatory drugs and treatments for autoimmune diseases

Enzymes could hold key to better understanding inflammationNew research shows a group of enzymes may have a critical role in how immune cells are activated and then migrate to certain sites in the body – findings that could improve our understanding of inflammation and potentially lead to new treatments. In a recent study, researchers explored a particular family of enzymes called neuraminidases. "We…

Cleave keyboard offers accurate and effortless use

The Truly Ergonomic Keyboard allows you to maximize your typing with less fatigue and strain

Cleave keyboard offers accurate and effortless useDo you seem to forever live behind your keyboard and, more often than not, it’s a painful experience? You might want to give the Truly Ergonomic Keyboard from Cleave a try. It’s designed to allow you to maximize your typing with less fatigue and strain on your hands while improving your posture. The standard keyboard…

Metabolic ‘fingerprint’ predicts impairment from medical cannabis

Research points the way to better tests and potential new treatments for pain management

Metabolic ‘fingerprint’ predicts impairment from medical cannabisResearchers have uncovered signature metabolites – much like fingerprints in the blood – linked to the cognitive dysfunction and impaired motor skills associated with medical cannabis treatment. The work could lead to better roadside blood tests for impairment, and could also point the way toward supplements or strains of medical cannabis that reduce impairment while…

SKG F5 Percussion Massager Gun drums a beat of pain relief

Retails for $179.99 and is available from Amazon or directly from SKG Canada.com

SKG F5 Percussion Massager Gun drums a beat of pain reliefWhile most of us hate to admit it, something we all have in common is the little aches and pains in our muscles and joints. The SKG F5 Percussion Massager Gun is the answer for those days when we need a little massage or pain relief therapy. The beauty of this sleek little gadget is…

Researchers goal is to end chronic pain in MS patients

Attempting to determine whether the peripheral nervous system plays a role in facial pain

Researchers goal is to end chronic pain in MS patientsA newly announced grant from the MS Society is helping researchers at the University of Alberta to better understand the underlying cause of chronic pain that afflicts an estimated half of people with multiple sclerosis, and how to eradicate it. Bradley Kerr and his team are looking in particular at the peripheral nervous system, which involves all…

Losing weight before knee surgery of little benefit

Researchers find no evidence that BMI is a good determinant of surgical outcomes for osteoarthritis

Losing weight before knee surgery of little benefitA new study shows that losing weight before knee replacement surgery doesn’t lead to better outcomes for patients. In a systematic review published in Joint Bone Spine, researchers in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine found that weight loss before surgery may not be beneficial for people with advanced knee osteoarthritis. Medical practitioners have long advised patients…

Insights into how people cope with chronic back pain

Study could help health professionals understand what motivates patients to live on their own terms despite dealing with persistent pain

Insights into how people cope with chronic back painChronic back pain can keep us from living our best lives, but a University of Alberta study shows why some people don’t let it stop them. The research, published in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, sheds light on what motivates people to soldier through their persistent pain. The qualitative study is one of just a handful that…

Suffering from chronic pain? Don’t give up hope

Many people have ongoing pain where there is no obvious injury, or continue to have pain at the site of an injury long after it has healed

Suffering from chronic pain? Don’t give up hopeChronic pain impacts the lives of many Canadians every day. Thousands wake up every morning to pain, deal with it throughout the day and don’t even escape its clutches as they sleep. Neuropathic pain is a very common chronic condition that poses a challenge for doctors. It's the result of a primary lesion or dysfunction in…

Last-minute tech-savvy holiday gift ideas

Deep-muscle treatment, foldable phones, audio repair software and an easy-learn mini digital wind instrument

Last-minute tech-savvy holiday gift ideasWith Christmas just around the corner, you may need to make some last-minute purchases or gather ideas about what to do with all those gift cards come Boxing Day. So here are a few very practical selections from Theragun, Accusonus, Roland and Samsung. Gift of pain relief If you’re looking for a gift to help…

Broadening health care’s perspective on pain

We don’t take pain into account when assessing where to invest health sector research and delivery dollars. That needs to change

Broadening health care’s perspective on painPain is a difficult topic for Canada’s health care sector. It can arise from many diseases, but not always. For example, arthritis in a joint can be visible on X-rays and not cause any pain; but it can also be so painful as to completely disable an individual.  Pain is subjective, so sufferers can be…