Saturday, January 25, 2014

Serotonin May Perpetuate Chronic Pain

written by Pat Anson, January 24, 2014

Seratonin, a neurotransmitter long thought to promote feelings of well-bring and happiness, could also cause chronic pain by making nerves hyperactive, according to a new study at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.

The discovery could help scientists understand and develop new ways of treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), trigeminal neuralgia, and other chronic pain conditions.

In studies on mice, researchers identified two molecules that appear to have a role in the phenomenon that causes uninjured parts of the body to become sensitive to pain when an area nearby has been hurt. A summary of their research is published in the journal Neuron.

With the identification of these molecules, we have some additional targets that we can try to block to decrease chronic pain,” says Xinzhong Dong, PhD, an associate professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

We found that persistent pain doesn’t always originate in the brain, as some had believed, which is important information for designing less addictive drugs to fight it.”

You can read the entire article at National Pain Report.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

My Blog Prize Has Arrived! Sunoco Gift Card



I recently won a $25 Sunoco gift card giveaway at My Sweet Savings. What a nice treat!

Thursday Thoughts ~ January 23, 2014



Ramblings of A Suburban Mom



My husband and I have spoken about downsizing when our grown son moves out, to a 2 bedroom apartment. After much discussion, I told my husband that I'm all for it, as long as we have 2 bathrooms, I'm so there! (one bathroom for each of us) One day...less cleaning, less stuff and lower electric bill.



I'm really looking forward to reading Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver. I've been a fan of her website and recently participated in her blog tour. I've been so sick, from bad cold, that the only thing I want to do is sneeze, watch TV and sleep.



And since I've been in bed with a cold, I've been watching "Law And Order" on Netflix. I started with Season 1 and as of today, I'm on Season 5. In my opinion, the original is always the best! (donk..donk)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Our Nature Box Subscription Has Arrived! January 2014

In case you haven't heard of Nature Box, for $19.95, you receive 5 different full sized healthy snacks each month. (free shipping) You can pause or cancel your deliveries at any time!

The Cashew Power Clusters are delicious! These treats are dairy free, soy free, with a hint of sugar. yummy!



This month, Nature Box included a bonus snack in our box. Thank you.

Memo To Bill Keller: This Is Why Patients Blog About Illness

Cognoscenti, Fri, Jan 17, 2014, Pamela Katz Ressler

Much has been written over the past few days in response to former New York Times editor Bill Keller’s op-ed piece on Lisa Bonchek Adam’s use of social media in actively sharing her experience of living with stage four metastatic breast cancer. In his piece Mr. Keller wondered why someone would choose to disclose so much about living with a progressive chronic illness in such a public forum. Perhaps I can offer some insights into this question.

As someone who studies social media in the context of chronic illness, I have been fascinated with the level of interest and debate Mr. Keller’s opinion piece has generated. Over the past few years the number of social media users has exponentially increased. We have become a connected society with instantaneous access to status updates, tweets, and posts. In his book “The Tipping Point” Malcolm Gladwell writes that “a critical mass needs to be achieved before an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.” Perhaps that time has come in the evolution of social media’s role in living with progressive chronic illness.

You can read the entire article at Cognoscenti.

Here's a discussion that HuffPostLive recently did about Bill Keller's comments on Lisa Bonchek Adam.