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Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have reversed depression symptoms in mice by feeding them Lactobacillus, a probiotic bacteria found in live-cultures yogurt. Further, they have discovered a specific mechanism for how the bacteria affect mood, providing a direct link between the health of the gut microbiome and mental health.
Quadricep strength and speed of force production (SFP) both affect physical functioning in people with, or at risk for, knee osteoarthritis, according to research presented recently at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.
Massage therapy has shown to provide benefits for the management of fatigue and pain in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), a recent pilot study concluded.
Clinical massage and guided imagery may have a substantial, positive impact on patients' comfort at a very low cost, according to a study published in Critical Care Nurse (CCN).
WASHINGTON — Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular treatment for anxiety, but testing its effectiveness in a convincing way has been difficult. Now a rigorously designed, NIH-sponsored clinical trial has found objective physiological evidence that mindfulness meditation combats anxiety.
A new study led by investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine finds that individuals with symptoms that put them at increased risk for heart disease could be more likely to have shoulder problems, including joint pain and rotator cuff injury.
How does space travel affect the spine? Astronauts on long missions in space have atrophy of the muscles supporting the spine – which don't return to normal even several weeks after their return to Earth, reports a study in Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer.
The INCAM Research Symposium, to be held on Toronto on Nov. 18 and 19, will showcase high quality research on complementary and integrative medicine, and health care. Researchers and clinicians from across North America will come together to network and create new opportunities for research.
Massage therapy can be effective for reducing pain intensity, severity and anxiety in patients undergoing surgical procedures. This is the conclusion of a collaborative meta-analysis of research on massage therapy for pain conducted by Samueli Institute and commissioned by the Massage Therapy Foundation, with support from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
Can an increased risk of chronic pain be transmitted from parents to children? Several factors may contribute, including genetics, effects on early development, social learning and more, according to a report in the journal Pain, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
New research provides insight into a long-observed but little-understood connection between chronic pain and anxiety, and offers a potential target for treatment.
FREDERICTON – Researchers at the University of New Brunswick have launched a study to find out whether a protein drink can help build muscle – without exercise.
Massage therapy shows promise for reducing pain intensity and severity, as well as fatigue and anxiety in cancer populations compared to the active comparators evaluated in a new systematic review.
Women who do the same tasks as men often face a higher risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in their neck and upper limbs, according to a researcher from McGill University in Montreal.
Inability to manage negative emotional and somatic stress is associated with opioid misuse in adults with chronic pain, according to new research reported in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society,
LONDON, ONT. – Researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute have developed clinical practice guidelines for managing neuropathic pain with patients who have experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI). Lawson Health claims the document is the first of its kind in Canada.
LOUDON, N.H. – He was one of NASCAR's first superstars, but Fred Lorenzen's memories of his Hall of Fame career have dimmed as he battles dementia. His Daytona 500 victory, the wins he piled up to become NASCAR's first $100,000 driver, his life on the road, all have been largely extinguished.
OTTAWA – The Canadian military is trying out a "bionic" knee brace developed by a Halifax-based company.
Funding competition for the 2016 Massage Therapy Research Fund (MTRF) is now open and applications for research funding are now being accepted, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) has announced.
The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication was made more apparent thanks to research conducted by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.

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