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February 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Lady Gaga has called off shows this week in Chicago, Auburn Hills, Mich., and Hamilton, Canada, because of chronic joint pain the singer said she has been concealing from her staff and fans. “I've been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for sometime now, over the past month it has worsened,' Gaga announced in a series of tweets sent out Tuesday. “I've been praying it would heal. I hid it from my staff, I didn't want to disappoint my amazing fans.
September 18, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
It's infuriating to chronic pain sufferers to be told their pain is "all in the head. " But a new study offers strong evidence that even before a person experiences an injury, the likelihood that the resulting pain will become chronic can be predicted by examining the brain's "white matter" -- the bundles of fatty fibers that carry electrical impulses between the brain's hemispheres and among its dense network of cells and structures. The new research, published Tuesday in the journal Pain, suggests that variations in brain structure could help identify people who, once injured, are more vulnerable to becoming chronic pain sufferers.
October 9, 1988 | CELIA HOOPER, United Press International
Capsaicin, a chemical that gives cayenne peppers their fiery sting, can chill out persistent pain following shingles and may someday help ease chronic pain from diabetes or surgery, a study shows. Dr. Mark Dahl, professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, said the finding is not as strange as it sounds.
February 16, 1998 | DAVID MORGAN, REUTERS
Relief from agonizing chronic pain appears to be on the way for people who have had serious injuries or with diseases such as cancer, AIDS and diabetes, according to researchers. A Dartmouth Medical School study of laboratory rats found that neuropathic pain, which is impervious to traditional painkillers, can be inhibited by blocking the action of small bodily proteins called cytokines in the central nervous system. The study results were presented at the annual meeting of the American Assn.
The best--OK, only--diver for Cal State Northridge in the NCAA qualifying meet this weekend has been in a pool only once in the past month. Make that twice--if you include a recent photo session when Becky Snyder gingerly took a few dives, none of which were close to what she hopes to pull off starting today in the Zone E meet at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. "I don't even know if I'm going to make it through the meet," said Snyder, a sophomore who has a chronically sore back.
May 12, 2008 | Emily Dwass, Special to The Times
For people living with chronic pain, exercise is often the last thing they want to do. But physical activity could be a key component of some treatment plans, new studies suggest, especially with conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. "The pain doesn't go away completely. It's not a cure. But it's a way to improve how you feel and your ability to function in daily life," says Daniel S.
November 10, 2003 | Judy Foreman, Special to The Times
America is deeply conflicted about controlling chronic pain. We grossly under-treat it. Management of chronic pain, which afflicts more than 50 million people, and the pain of dying patients is arguably the most egregiously neglected field of medicine. As a society, we have become obsessed with the war on drugs -- and the fear of addiction to opioids (narcotic drugs containing opium or one of its derivatives).
July 26, 1990 | STEVE APPLEFORD, Appleford is a regular contributor to Valley View
Comedy was Karen Silver's only means of escape from the painful memories of a troubled childhood. Within just a few short years after enrolling in a 1978 comedy workshop at Cal State Northridge, she had joined the ranks of what she calls "advanced beginners," even contributing jokes to the routines of frequent guest-host Joan Rivers on "The Tonight Show."
April 12, 2013 | Sandy Banks
An Orange County pain specialist already in the spotlight over deaths from prescription medications has racked up another patient overdose death. The coroner has ruled that Wayne Oviatt died in January of a mix of prescription drugs, including morphine, which Dr. Van H. Vu had been prescribing for him. Vu has lost 17 patients to drug overdoses since 2006, according to coroner's records analyzed by Times reporters Lisa Girion and Scott Glover. He is being investigated by the state medical board, but there are no restrictions on his pain management practice.
February 4, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
Evelyn Freeman, a pioneer in the field of aging who in the twilight of her life helped people cope with the challenges of getting older, has died. She was 96. Freeman, who was the longtime director of the senior counseling program at what was then called the Center for Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, died Jan. 14 of old age at her Brentwood home, her close friend Antoinette O'Connor said. Freeman was instrumental in adapting peer counseling techniques for seniors facing the difficult issues of aging, such as losing loved ones, isolation and stress from chronic pain.
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