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Teens sought for research project about emotions, pain

teen-studyVANCOUVER, Wash. – Teens ages 14-18 in the Vancouver area are invited to earn $40 in gift cards for participating in a study about how positive emotions affect pain in healthy teens. Parents would get $10 in gift cards to help cover transportation. » More …

Online management tools help ease chronic pain

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

WilsonSPOKANE, Wash.—Washington State University researchers have found that people can manage chronic pain and reduce their reliance on opioids through an Internet-based program that teaches non-medical alternatives like increased physical activity, thinking more positively and dealing with emotions. » More …

Device would measure pain in premature infants

By Lorraine Nelson, WSU Spokane and
Angie Funaiole, Office of Commercialization

Schiavenato-Martin-webSPOKANE, Wash. – The ability to measure pain in premature infants could help prevent them from developing tragic disabilities, says a researcher at Washington State University Spokane who just received a $235,000 grant from the state Life Sciences Discovery Fund for his work in this area. » More …

Research funding for celiac-safe wheat, pain detection

lsdf-logoSEATTLE – Washington State University research projects about celiac disease-safe wheat and premature infant pain detection are among the ideas to receive $2.9 million in funding from Washington’s Life Sciences Discovery Fund. » More …

Rock Doc: How much does it hurt? Assessing animal pain

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – When I take my elderly mother to the emergency room, the nurse asks how much pain she is in, on a scale of 1 to 10. There is a chart with pictures of little smiley faces, neutral faces and grimacing faces to help a person – perhaps a child – determine a number. Pain management is an important part of human medicine. » More …

Researchers find nearly 1 in 5 adults have persistent pain

By Eric Sorensen,  WSU science writer

Jae-Kennedy-80SPOKANE, Wash. – Americans are in a world of hurt. Nearly one in five U.S. adults are in pain most every day for spells of three months or longer, according to an analysis by Jae Kennedy, professor of health policy and administration at Washington State University Spokane. The estimated 39 million adults in persistent pain outnumber the residents of California. » More …

Reducing anxiety and pain

Photo: Raymond Quock, professor of pharmacology, observes effects of nitrous oxide in easing mouse’s anxiety. (Photo by Bob Hubner, WSU Photo Services.)Deep in your brain are a myriad of lock-and-tumbler type systems that, when activated, trigger the production of substances that can reduce pain or help you to deal with anxiety. Raymond Quock, professor of pharmacology, and his staff are trying to gain a better understanding of these systems by looking for and testing various “keys” that can activate these processes.Quock’s research is opening doors that allow his staff and others to explore how the brain and body work. His successes, and those of his … » More …