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Endometriosis discovery paves way for non-hormonal treatment

A new study reveals that macrophages release a growth factor that promotes the generation and activation of nerve cells to cause endometriosis pain.

What to know about bleeding nipples

Bleeding nipples may occur as a result of breastfeeding, skin irritation, allergies, and infections. Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Learn more about the causes of bleeding nipples here.

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: Everything you need to know

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which is also called juvenile idiopathic arthritis or JIA, is an autoimmune disease that affects children. Learn about the symptoms, causes, treatment, and outlook here.

Back pain when bending: What to know

Many people experience lower back pain when bending over. This article looks at a variety of conditions that can cause this pain, as well as treatments, self-care tips, and how to prevent it.

Can treadmill exercise relieve period pain?

In what may seem like counterintuitive findings, a new study suggests that running on a treadmill could ease period pain and improve the quality of life.

Is there a link between back pain and incontinence?

Back pain and incontinence can occur at the same time due to a single underlying condition, such as cauda equina syndrome. If they suddenly occur at the same time, it may signal a medical emergency. A...

How fast do we feel pain? Study overturns previous notions

New research into the experience of pain challenges previous beliefs about how quickly pain signals travel in humans compared with touch signals.

11 ways to treat back pain without surgery

Doctors often find chronic back pain challenging to treat, but there are many nonsurgical options that people can try. We discuss 11 methods here, including chiropractic care, acupuncture, and exercises.

Are abortions painful?

Abortions are generally very safe but may cause some pain, cramping, or other side effects. Every woman’s experience is different and the level of pain depends on the type of abortion. Here, we discus...

Stem cell therapy for rheumatoid arthritis

Stem cell therapy may help reduce inflammation and build up healthy cells in the body. Scientists are now investigating whether it may benefit autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Learn...

Serotonin deficiency could explain 'imaginary' somatic condition

New research suggests that a genetic mutation affecting serotonin levels could be the cause of otherwise medically unexplained pain symptoms.

What to know about a ruptured eardrum

Symptoms of a ruptured eardrum include ringing, hearing loss, and loss of balance. Causes include trauma to the ear and ear infection. A ruptured eardrum will often heal on its own. Learn more about r...

What causes a chronic sore throat?

Many factors can cause a chronic sore throat, including allergies, smoking, and infections. In this article, we explore the possible causes and describe when to see a doctor.

People with fibromyalgia have different gut bacteria

A new study shows that gut bacteria composition is different in people with fibromyalgia and that it varies with the severity of pain and other symptoms.

What to know about pulmonary tuberculosis

Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is a serious bacterial infection of the lungs. Symptoms include a persistent bad cough, chest pain, and breathlessness. TB can be life-threatening if a person does not rece...

Is chemotherapy effective for rheumatoid arthritis?

Chemotherapy drugs, such as methotrexate, are one of the first-line treatments for people with rheumatoid arthritis. These drugs can help relieve symptoms and prevent further joint damage. However, th...

Can turmeric help treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints. A growing body of scientific research suggests that turmeric and one of its main compounds, curcumin, may ...

Rheumatoid factor: What to know

Rheumatoid factor is an immune system protein. Doctors can measure its levels using a blood test to help diagnose autoimmune conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis. Here, we explain the test, norm...

How a lethal toxin might help in the opioid crisis

In the midst of the opioid crisis, scientists are searching for nonaddictive alternatives. Some have turned to a toxin present in certain sea creatures.

Can naltrexone help with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Low doses of naltrexone are a recent, popular treatment for MS symptoms. In this article, we look at the research, action, and side effects of naltrexone for MS.

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