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In Your Own Hands – Federal pain research database launched 

Every Monday, my blog post “In Your Own Hands” is where I’ll be featuring articles I find interesting or that I think are a good resource to help you take charge of your health. What articles have you read recently that caught your attention? Leave a comment and let me know.

Federal pain research database launched
The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio is a new federal database of pain research. It includes projects from the National Institute of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.

Key genetic link between chronic pain conditions like IBS discovered
Studies on identical and non-identical twins show that musculoskeletal pain, pelvic pain, irritable bowel syndrome and dry eye disease may have hereditary links.

Can mindfulness and acceptance be learnt by self-help?: A systematic review and meta-analysis of mindfulness and acceptance-based self-help interventions
This self-help approach to learning mindfulness and acceptance garnered positive results.

Meditation awareness training (MAT) for improved psychological well-being: a qualitative examination of participant experiences
Secular MAT adheres to traditional Buddhist meditation more than other methods. It is proven to result in increased well-being.

Internalized stigma linked with poor self esteem, pain self-efficacy
Internalizing or absorbing negative attitudes can shake personal control over chronic pain.

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