You Don’t Have To Live With Pain

Chronic Pain Management

Pain. It can be sudden (like hitting your thumb with a hammer) or it can sneak up on you and exist in the background of your life for days, and sometimes years. Chronic pain is different for everyone and so are its causes.

Perhaps your chronic pain stems from an injury, or a medical treatment. Perhaps that creaky feeling means you’re getting older. Maybe your pain is triggered by mundane decisions that you make each day such as using your smartphone, sitting too long at a desk or wearing flip flops. No matter the cause, there are often things you can do to reduce your chronic pain or eliminate it entirely.

Scientists Using Twitter?

Scientists Using Twitter To Discover Prescription Drug InteractionsUniversity of Vermont Scientists Using Twitter to Discover New Drug Interactions

The University of Vermont (UVM) recently reported on a new project that mines Twitter data to discover potentially unknown side-effects and dangerous interactions for various drugs.

The computer program, developed by a team of UVM computer scientists, searches millions of tweets for the names of drugs and medicines, and maps connections using hashtags. Findings from those connections can then be tested by researchers. In addition, findings can also be used to generate early public alerts, notifying patients and healthcare providers that a possible issue may exist, before research has begun and before that information appears in medical databases, such as PubMed.