Tagged: pain

The truth about hangover remedies

Humans have long sought ways to allay a hangover—that litany of symptoms that come after drinking too much alcohol, including dizziness, nausea, fatigue, confusion, headache, dry mouth, and drowsiness. The Roman naturalist, author, and...

How aspirin was discovered

4000 years ago, the ancient Sumerians made a surprising discovery: if they scraped the bark off a particular kind of tree and ate it, their pain disappeared. Little did they know that what they’d...

Brutal Black

Tattoos hurt, but for most people, the pain is just a means to an end. Tattoo artists are usually mindful of their client’s pain threshold, catering for breaks and mitigating any unnecessary brutality. It’s...

8 questions about peripheral neuropathy

All of us have had that sensation of numbness or “pins and needles” in our arms and legs at some point—perhaps after sitting the wrong way or sleeping in a funny position, causing the...

What causes kidney stones?

The biggest kidney stone on record weighed more than a kilogram and was 17 centimeters in diameter. The patient didn’t actually swallow a stone the size of a coconut; kidney stones form inside the...

Arthritis and exercise

If you have osteoarthritis, it need not limit your mobility—at least not if you exercise and keep moving. Half of the adults with OA report that they don’t participate in any physical activity. Thus,...

Osteoarthritis: causes and treatments

Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis—the medical term for a wide variety of disorders that involve inflammation of a joint. OA is a process that...

Is Reiki healing for real?

Perhaps you’ve heard of Reiki, a type of “laying on of hands” energy practice that is being used in some hospitals and other mainstream medical settings. While proponents say it promotes relaxation and overall...

How does anesthesia work?

When under anesthesia, you can’t move, form memories, or — hopefully — feel pain. And while it might just seem like you are asleep for that time, you actually aren’t. What’s going on? Steven...

Should you try cupping?

If you watched the Summer Olympics in Rio this past August, you undoubtedly saw quite a few high-profile athletes—most famously Michael Phelps—sporting large purple circles on their backs, shoulders, and other body parts, the...