Navigation Links
Chronic Pain can Impair Memory and Concentration

Chronic pain not only affects to work, sleep and performance of other activities but as it turns out, it can also impair your memory and your concentration.

This is the finding of a team of Drs. Bruce D. Dick and Saifudin Rashiq at the University of Alberta.

As a part study that was recently conducted at the universitys Multidisciplinary Pain Centre in Edmonton, Canada, the researchers studied 24 patients, two-thirds of whom showed significant disruption of attention and memory when tested.

Dr Dick and Dr Rashiq suggest that pain may disrupt the maintenance of the memory trace that is required to hold information for processing and retain it for storage in longer-term memory stores.

In other words, chronic pain can, quite literally, drive people to distraction.

Participants in the studyall of whom had pain lasting six months or longerwere given computerized tests of working memory and a neuropsychological test of attention on separate "pain" and "less pain" days.

On the "less pain" day, participants were tested after receiving a pain-reducing procedure as part of their ongoing treatment at the Centre. On the "pain" day, participants were tested without having received a pain-reducing procedure, when their pain was reported to be at a high level.

Sixteen participantsa startling 67 per centshowed clinical impairment due to pain on their pain testing day. The remaining eight participants, or 33 per cent, showed no clinical impairment due to pain.

And though the number of participants taking part in the study was small, the researchers insist that the statistically significant findings are "robust".

"Prevalence studies indicate that as much as 44 per cent of the populationin Canada as well as in the U.S. and Europeexperience pain on a regular basis, and that in approximately one-quarter of this group the pain is severe", said Dr Dick.

Their findings are published in the latest issue of Anesthesia and Analgesia.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Roller coasters – cause “Chronic Headache?
2. In Chronic Diseases - Poor compliance of Patients with drug treatment
3. New Treatment for Chronic Eczema
4. Novel Therapy for Chronic Problem
5. Overcoming Chronic Fatigue
6. Chronic Fatigue, Pain Linked to Sinusitis
7. Chronic Diseases said to Cause Falls in the Elderly
8. Epilepsy Drug May Relieve Chronic Headaches
9. Women Worse Affected By Chronic Cough
10. A Drug That Might Relieve Chronic Cough
11. A Sedentary Childhood Could Lead To Chronic Fatigue Latter In Life
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/17/2017)... , ... January 17, 2017 , ... Livionex, Inc., a ... of a double blind clinical study for its dental gel that shows significant reduction ... brand of toothpaste containing triclosan. The study was conducted at the Beckman Laser Institute ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... and breast cancer survivor Sandra Lee as keynote speaker for the 34th Annual ... Florida. , In making the announcement, PER® president, Phil Talamo, said, “We are ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 ... ... Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies and ranked among the top US security companies ... Board of Directors. This announcement brings a year-long independent board nomination process ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... Today, FloSports , a ... announced a new agreement as part of a long-term extension of their media partnership. ... the airing of some of the sport’s premier events exclusively on FloWrestling.com as well ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... To provide ... recognized leader in the fast-casual category, announces a hearty and wholesome Winter Menu. ... Breakfast Sandwich, Turkey Mash-Up Sandwich, Cranberry Crunch & Honey Parfait, Slow Cooked Smoky ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/17/2017)... , Jan. 17, 2017   Tocagen Inc ., a clinical-stage, ... Ph.D., executive vice president, research and pharmaceutical development at Tocagen, will ... to be held Jan. 17-20 in Miami . ... ... oxymoron: exciting manufacturing for replicating viruses - what to do when ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ROCKLAND, Mass. , Jan. 17, 2017  EMD ... Germany , in the U.S. and ... R. Smith has joined the company as Senior ... In this role, Mr. Smith will oversee the Fertility ... Fertility Technologies division, which launched its first product last ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... LONDON , January 17, 2017 ... poised to potentially earn millions in revenue with the ... prevent massive numbers of strokes with a simple test ... Biotech Companies with latest developments in the markets today ... PLC (NYSE: AZN ), Cancer Genetics, Inc. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: