COPD from a cardiovascular perspective

Some of the causes and symptoms of this common lung disease overlap with those of heart disease. Even though chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the nation’s leading causes of death, many people don’t know much about it. What’s more, they may mistakenly attribute COPD symptoms — such as trouble breathing, fatigue, and…

TMS Protocol May Be Effective in CRPS

The use of a novel frequency pairing for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may effectively relieve upper and lower extremity pain associated with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), according to a study published in Neuromodulation. The TMS protocol used in this study consisted of initial intermittent theta bursts (ie, burst of three 50-Hz pulses every 200 ms, 2 second-long…

Neck Pain a Migraine Symptom

Contrary to previous studies, neck pain is a symptom of migraine only, not the result of an underlying muscle dysfunction that triggers migraine attacks, according to a recent article published in The Journal of Headache and Pain. The study sought to weigh in on the scientific debate regarding neck pain in migraineurs, and whether neck muscle dysfunction could…

Light Therapy to Treat Neuropathic Pain

For someone with peripheral neuropathy, even the slightest touch can cause burning, stinging or shooting pain, usually in the hands or feet. The pain is caused when the peripheral nervous system is damaged by diabetes, shingles, chemotherapy or some other medical condition. About 8% of adults worldwide suffer from some form of neuropathy. Medications prescribed…