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Prescription Painkiller Abuse Linked With Heroin

As states crack down hard on pain prescriptions, some are seeing a resurgence in abuse of the harder stuff.



Could Something as Simple as a Mouthguard Be the Cure to What Ails You?

For Vince Clark, immediate pain relief for his son came not from brain-stimulating devices, but something more low-tech.



Can You Supercharge Your Brain?

Applying mild electrical currents to your head could take away pain, help memory, and improve attention—and the U.S. military is very interested.

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The Upside of Personal Tragedy

After painful life experiences we’re more likely to appreciate life’s little delights.

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Computers See Human Pain Better Than You

A new study reveals that expression recognition software performs way better than humans at discriminating between real and fake emotion.

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The Perks of Being a Fire Walker

Those who participated in a fire-walking ritual felt happier and less fatigued afterwards than close relatives who spectated.



Torture Permanently Alters the Body’s Response to Pain

Could a new medical finding make it harder to claim something isn’t torture?



Can Non-Violent Video Games Dampen Our Humanity?

That’s the tentative conclusion of two researchers, who report that frequent players of immersive games are apparently less sensitive to pain.



9 Ideas to Make Tylenol and Other Acetaminophen Drugs Safer

Scientists, regulators, and manufacturers have come up with numerous proposals that could reduce the toll of deaths and injuries from one of America’s most popular drugs.



The Racial Empathy Gap

Why, with all other things being equal, do people react more strongly to images of light-skinned individuals being harmed than they do to those involving dark-skinned individuals?



Playing Prokofiev Is a Pain

A new study from Australia finds working as an orchestral musician takes an intense physical toll.



Bondage Aficionados Are Better Adjusted Than Most

New research from the Netherlands finds that the psychological profile of people who enjoy certain non-mainstream sex games is surprisingly positive.



The Power of the Creative Arts

A recent analysis of past studies highlights the health benefits of music, dance, and art therapy, which are now being used to ease cancer-related anxiety and pain.



Why Do We Hurt Each Other?

Struggling to understand the Boston Marathon explosions.



Pills Fight Pain — And You Don’t Even Have to Take Them

New research finds simply examining a bottle of ibuprofen increases tolerance of physical suffering.



Musical Meds

New research on endorphins finds people have higher pain thresholds immediately after performing music or dancing.


What Is Torture? We Know It (Only) When We Feel It

What constitutes torture? New research finds the answer varies with the level of pain one is currently feeling.


Feel the Pain, Expel the Guilt

New research finds physical suffering reduces feelings of guilt.


The Chemical Contrails of the Placebo

Studies are finding that the pain relief induced by placebos may come from releasing the body’s own chemical pain relievers.


Seeing is Perceiving

Is it possible to feel less pain if you look directly at the affected area? Take two drops of Murine and call us in the morning.


How Much Does It Hurt?

Northwestern’s David Cella is leading a vast effort at better measuring pain, fatigue and outcomes. It may change the way researchers run clinical trials.


A Better Way to Anesthetize?

Researchers have created a new system of slow-release delivery for anesthetic drugs, producing long-lasting local anesthesia in rats without signs of toxicity in their nerve or muscle cells.


Accepting the Pain

A new study says patients with chronic pain who manage to accept their condition, and the negative aspects that result from it, reap a wide variety of benefits.


David’s Mirror: Illusions and Pain Perception

A mirror and massage curtail pain in a case where strong and dangerous pain drugs had failed.

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Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

Physicists investigate how to grow food more efficiently in fine-grained soil.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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