Navigation Links
Is Childhood Intelligence Linked to Pain Problems in Adulthood?

TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Children who score higher on intelligence tests are less likely to suffer from chronic widespread pain later in life, according to a new study.

This condition is a common musculoskeletal problem affecting 10 percent to 15 percent of adults, the researchers explained. They noted that chronic widespread pain occurs more often among women and people from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds and is a core symptom of fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder that affects an estimated 5 million Americans.

The study was published in the December issue of the journal Pain.

"One psychological factor that could potentially be a risk factor for [chronic widespread pain] in adult life is lower cognitive ability in youth," the study's lead researcher Dr. Catharine Gale, of the MRC lifecourse epidemiology unit at University of Southampton, and the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, in the department of psychology at the University of Edinburgh, both in the United Kingdom, said in a journal news release. Cognitive ability is a term used to describe a person's thinking skills.

"Our hypotheses were that men and women who scored lower on the test of intelligence in childhood would have an increased risk of [chronic widespread pain] in midlife and that some of this association would be mediated through socioeconomic status, mental health or lifestyle factors in adulthood," Gale added.

In conducting the study, the researchers examined national survey data from Great Britain on more than 6,900 men and women from the National Child Development Survey. The participants completed an intelligence test when they were 11 years old. Years later at the age of 45, they completed a questionnaire to determine if they experienced chronic widespread pain.

The study revealed that 14 percent of the participants had chronic widespread pain. These men and women, the researchers found, scored lower on the intelligence test they took when they were 11 years old. They were also more likely to have manual jobs, be a smoker or former smoker, and have more psychological distress and a higher body mass index (a measurement of weight based on height and weight).

"To our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate the prospective relation between intelligence and [chronic widespread pain]," noted Gale. "Our results show that individuals with higher intelligence in childhood are less likely as adults to develop this common and disabling condition. We now need to understand the mechanisms causing this association."

While the study found an association between chronic widespread pain in adulthood and intelligence in childhood, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about fibromyalgia.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Pain, news release, Nov. 29, 2012

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. New study identifies promising, achievable solutions to Nigerias childhood mortality crisis
2. Symptomatic behaviour in childhood strongly predicts psychiatric treatment as a young adult
3. Study identifies potential treatment for lethal childhood leukemia
4. Childhood Obesity May Raise Odds of Adult Liver Cancer
5. IADR/AADR publish studies on severe early childhood caries - proposes new classification
6. Could the Childhood Obesity Epidemic Be Ebbing?
7. Better health in adulthood starts with early prevention in childhood
8. Environment key to preventing childhood disabilities
9. Treating childhood obesity: A family affair
10. Pneumonia and preterm birth complications are the leading causes of childhood death
11. Experimental Drug Helps Fight Some Childhood Cancers, Study Finds
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Is Childhood Intelligence Linked to Pain Problems in Adulthood?
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House ... most popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of ... baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to ... to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the ... teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a class ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... CitiDent and San Francisco ... using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 million Americans are estimated ... in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to about 75 percent of ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( ... today the introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The ... get maximum comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Information about ... intend to develop to enable prevention of a major side effect of chemotherapy ... especially in pediatric patients. For cisplatin, hearing loss is FDA listed on-label as ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)...  BioPharmX Corporation (NYSE MKT: BPMX) researchers were part ... way to use nonlinear optical imaging to confirm the ... A presentation ... how researchers from BioPharmX and the Wellman Center for ... suite of imaging techniques in what is called "Pharmacokinetic ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... , Oct. 10, 2017   West Pharmaceutical ... innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, today shared the ... ID Adapter for improving the intradermal administration of polio ... Skin Vaccination Summit in May 2017 by Dr. ... Polio Department, World Health Organization (WHO), and recently published ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Oct. 4, 2017 OBP Medical ... illuminating medical devices, today announced regulatory approval from ... Agency (or Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) ... cordless surgical retractor with integrated LED light source ... illumination and exposure of a tissue pocket or ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: