New research suggests patients with fibromyalgia have hypersensitivity to nonpainful events. According to data reported in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, parts of the brain that process visual, auditory and motor sensations have reduced activity in fibromyalgia patients, while activity in sensory integration areas is heightened. The findings suggest that fibromyalgia symptoms are not just about greater pain signal processing, but also misprocessing of other types of nonpainful signals.
IBS patients have larger numbers of rectosigmoid sensory fibers expressing capsaicin receptor TRPV1, which could be linked to inflammation, pain and hypersensitivity, a new study found. The British researchers said the findings could point to a new drug target for IBS.
A Maryland teen diagnosed with Crohn's disease has taken a positive attitude toward managing her symptoms and plans to walk in the Miles and Miracles event in Baltimore to raise money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. "I just think that I have learned to be optimistic," she said. "This experience has taught me to never really doubt myself."
A low-pressure spray liquid nitrogen may successfully treat patients with Barrett's esophagus, according to a pilot study. The spray freezes the precancerous cells in the esophagus and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Several hospitals plan to conduct larger trials to confirm the effectiveness of the procedure.
Acute stress could expose sensory nerve endings in the esophagus to refluxed gastric contents and contribute to symptoms of GERD, a new study found. Researchers say results could lead to treatments for difficult-to-treat GERD patients.