Pain News Network: Genetics may explain why women are more likely to have chronic pain
From the article: “The researchers also investigated whether the activity of those genes was turned up or down in tissues commonly involved with chronic pain. They found that 37 genes in men and 30 genes in women were active in the dorsal root ganglion, a cluster of nerves in the spinal cord that transmit pain signals from the body to the brain. The findings support previous work by the same research team, which found that chronic pain originates to a large extent in the brain, and to a lesser degree in parts of the body where people ‘feel’ pain.”
From the article: “ARD-301, Aardvark’s proprietary LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) formulation is intended to treat chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and chronic post-COVID syndrome (“long COVID”) and will augment the company’s non-opioid pain franchise. Scilex plans to kick off a new Phase 2 trial this year for both fibromyalgia and chronic post-COVID syndrome.”
From the article: “A recent study in open-access journal Frontiers in Microbiology reveals a new test for Lyme disease, which is the first to reliably distinguish between early- and late-stage patients. The test detects a genetic sequence left by a virus that resides in Lyme-causing bacteria, and can detect just one bacterial cell in a small blood sample.”
Medical Dialogues: Obesity impacts clinical features for fibromyalgia
From the article: “A recent study suggests that obesity is an index that is associated with the severity of fibromyalgia manifestations and highly prevalent among fibromyalgia patients.”
LymeDiseaseAssociation.org: Asian longhorned tick now in 15 states
From the article: “According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the most recent tick to come into the U.S. is now found in 15 states. The information is published in the USDA’s National Haemaphysalis longicornis Situation Report, February 3, 2021. States are VA, WVA, PA, NC, NJ, TN, NY, KY, MD, CT DE, SC, AR, OH, RI.”
Note: This tick has the potential to be devastating for both humans and animals since females can reproduce without a male. Researchers are still trying to find out if Asian longhorn ticks can carry Lyme disease and related illnesses. If I remember correctly, they carry a type of hemorrhagic fever in China.
And an extra…
From the article: “Pregabalin may be associated with serious breathing problems in patients with compromised respiratory systems, according to a drug safety alert from the medicines regulator. Elderly patients, patients with neurological disease, renal impairment and those who are taking antidepressant medication are also at increased risk of breathing problems from the drug, the Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Agency.”
This month on FedUpWithFatigue.com…
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