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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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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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