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Medical News Today: Is pain relief more effective when delivered by a stranger?

An intriguing new study asks whether a health treatment received from a stranger has a stronger effect than one received from someone you already know.
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Medical News Today: How cannabinoid drugs affect the experience of pain

A new study reviews the effects of cannabis on the experience of pain. The results highlight the affective component in cannabis's pain-relieving effects.
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Medical News Today: What happens with a pinched nerve in the shoulder?

A pinched nerve in the shoulder, also known as cervical radiculopathy, occurs when something presses against a nerve coming from the neck. This often causes pain and weakness in the arm. Many cases resolve without treatment, but some need medication and surgery to relieve symptoms.
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Medical News Today: Chronic pain and the power of placebo

The placebo effect is stronger in some people than in others. A new study unlocks the psychological and neuroanatomical differences between these people.
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Medical News Today: Is it safe to mix aspirin and ibuprofen?

Aspirin and ibuprofen are from the same family of drugs called NSAIDs. People should usually not take the two together. In this article, we discuss how to stay safe when taking aspirin and ibuprofen, what to do if you have taken both together by accident, and alternative medications that do not interact with NSAIDs.
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Medical News Today: Treating pain with magnetic fields

New research suggests that 'mechanoceuticals' may be the treatment of the future against chronic pain. Magnetic force can reduce pain signals in neurons.

Medical News Today: Can neck pain be a sign of something serious?

The neck is a vital part of the anatomy that supports the head and allows it to move. Pain can occur in the right side of the neck. Most causes are benign, such as sleeping in an uncomfortable position, but others are more severe, including cancer. Learn about nine causes of pain in the right side of the neck here.

Medical News Today: Ketamine could help reduce opioid use in the ER

Because of the opioid epidemic, researchers are testing the viability of alternatives, one of which is ketamine. A new study assesses its use in the ER.

Medical News Today: Chronic pain: New compound may replace opioids

Researchers have designed a drug that may soon be a safe, effective alternative to opioids for treating moderate-to-severe chronic pain.

Medical News Today: Major study finds ‘no evidence’ that cannabis relieves chronic pain

A 4-year prospective cohort study finds that cannabis may not be very effective for treating chronic pain that is not cancer-related.