Are Physical and Social Pain Linked?

A new study suggests that “social” suffering can hurt us in a physical way. The distress caused by, for example, experiencing an injustice, or losing a friend activates brain circuits related to physical pain, according to researchers from The...

Finding Redemption Through Hospice Care

Steve Carpentier, an inmate at the Maine State Prison stills sees the face in his dreams: a dying inmate at the hospice care unit at the prison crying out that he was drowning. “I just grabbed my arms around him and called him by his first name. I said, ‘I...

Doctors Feel Your Pain, Study Reveals

Findings published this week in the journal Molecular Psychiatry suggest that the empathy and confidence a doctor has in his or her ability to provide patient relief may jump-start a placebo response in patients. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and...

Can Doctors Learn Empathy?

Pauline W. Chen, M.D. and writer for the New York Times wonders if doctors can learn to be more empathic with their patients. Research has shown that greater physician empathy conveys benefits far beyond the exam room… leading to better patient outcomes, more...

Only A Headache?!

For many migraineurs getting the support they need from family and friends falls short. Dr. Mark Green M.D, director of headache and pain medicine at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine points out that people with migraine typically get head pain, but...
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