Chris van Tulleken did an experiment a la Supersize Me whereby he, the researcher, was…
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The holidays can be both a time of joy and celebration, but also of stress and depression. Mental health suffers even more if you are 1 in 5 Americans who have chronic back, neck, shoulder, or other joint pain. But how can you manage pain and focus on the holiday festivities? Doctors define this chronic “neuromusculoskeletal” pain as the type that lasts for three months or longer. Such chronic pain, unfortunately, is often a double-edged sword. Not only does it detract from our daily activities, which can cause feelings of anxiety and depression, but it causes mental health and pain…
Migraine headaches continue to be one of the most complex conditions to manage. Although the first diagnosis was nearly a century ago, as recently as 2021 researchers called medical treatments for the condition “predominantly ineffective” in preventing attacks or decreasing intensity and frequency. They also noted that patients tended to have poor adherence to preventive medications. Migraines can be difficult to manage due to the variation in types of headaches, the likelihood that patients have one or more other conditions, and/or that they take other medications that can influence the timing and frequency of the headaches. The silver lining with…
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