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Extreme mental stress lowers ability to bear physical pain: study

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A new study has suggested that high amount of mental stress has harmful impact on the body’s ability to modulate physical pain.

According to the study that published in the journal PAIN, if the perceived stress was high, the pain modulation abilities would be more dysfunctional.

The study conducted by American Friends of Tel Aviv University (TAU) examined a group of healthy young male adults and observed that despite the fact that pain tolerance seemed unaffected by stress, there was a significant increase in pain escalation and a decline in pain inhibition capabilities.

Prof. Ruth Defrin of Physical Therapy at TAU’s said that the type of stress and magnitude of its appraisal actually determines its connection with the pain system, so if the apparent stress was high, the pain modulation capabilities would be more dysfunctional.

Prof. Defrin further added that past studies have constantly suggested that chronic stress was significantly more harming than acute stress, as it not only dysfunction pain modulation capabilities  but also  leads chronic pain and systemic  illness.

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Urinary, respiratory tract infections may double stroke risk

IANS Indo Asian News Service




Urinary, respiratory tract infections may double stroke risk. Representational Image

NEW YORK — People who are suffering from urinary or respiratory tract infections may face nearly double the risk of heart attacks and strokes than obesity, researchers have warned.

The study — led by a researcher of Indian origin — found that if the frequency of these common infections causing hospitalisation continues for a longer period it may even lead to death.

Patients diagnosed with any one of these common infections were three times more likely to die than those without prior infection after developing heart disease, and almost twice as likely to die if they had a stroke.

“Our figures suggest that those who are admitted to hospital with a respiratory or urinary tract infection are 40 per cent more likely to suffer a subsequent heart attack, and 2.5 times more likely to have a stroke, than patients who have had no such infection, and are considerably less likely to survive from these conditions,” Rahul Potluri, researcher at Britain’s Aston University, said in a statement.

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The effects of the common infections were of similar magnitude among the people suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol, researchers said.

“It is notable that infection appears to confer as much, if not more, of a risk for future heart disease and stroke as very well established risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes,” Potluri added.

Researchers conducted the study over 34,027 patients who had been admitted with a urinary or respiratory tract infection with an age and sex-matched control group without infection.

Factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, obesity and tobacco use, as well as medical conditions including excess cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease, heart failure and atrial fibrillation were also taken into account.

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