There is a well-established relationship between joint hypermobility and anxiety in humans, that has not previously been investigated in other species.
A population of 5575 assistance dogs were scored for both hip hypermobility and 13 behaviour characteristics using previously validated methods.
Our results suggest a positive association between hip joint hypermobility and emotional arousal in domestic dogs, which parallel results found in people. Continue reading
Fat tissue can communicate with other organs | National Institutes of Health (NIH) – by Tianna Hicklin, Ph.D. – Feb 2017
I’m posting this because it upends the common belief that fat is inert. We usually view fat as an unnecessary and monolithic “blob” to be pared down as much as we can, but here we see it’s much more complicated than that.
At a Glance
- Researchers discovered that fat tissue releases signals called microRNAs into the bloodstream that regulate genes in another organ.
- The findings suggest new ways to treat metabolism-related diseases like obesity and diabetes.
Low Energy Production and Pain in Fibromyalgia – Is Your Microcirculation To Blame? – Health Rising – https://www.healthrising.org – by Cort Johnson | May 25, 2014
Exercise is highly recommended as an adjunct therapy in fibromyalgia.
Those of us with fibromyalgia know how extremely difficult this becomes. Our bodies seem to resist us with all their might and this article offers a possible explanation.
A 2010 review of exercise studies found that ‘slight to moderate’ intensity aerobic exercise sessions done two to three times a week worked best, and that appropriate levels of exercise result in improved fitness but only modestly improved pain. Continue reading
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type (EDS-HT) is unexpectedly common and is associated with a high rate of gastrointestinal manifestations.
We herein report the first documented case of mobile cecum associated with EDS-HT. A 21-year-old woman with repeated right lower abdominal pain was initially diagnosed with EDS-HT.
The cecum is an intraperitoneal pouch that is considered to be the beginning of the large intestine. It is typically located on the right side of the body (the same side of the body as the appendix, to which it is joined). Continue reading
Hotter bodies fight infections and tumors better — researchers show how — ScienceDaily – May 21, 2018 – Source: University of Warwick
I’ve always wondered about this: if our bodies deliberately start a fever to fight an infection, why do we always want to lower it? Now it looks like fevers also help with
The hotter our body temperature, the more our bodies speed up a key defense system that fights against tumors, wounds or infections
The researchers have demonstrated that small rises in temperature (such as during a fever) speed up the speed of a cellular ‘clock’ that controls the response to infections — and this new understanding could lead to more effective and fast-working drugs which target a key protein involved in this process. Continue reading
Fat Body Cells Are Motile and Actively Migrate to Wounds to Drive Repair and Prevent Infection – Science Direct – Feb 2018 – free full-text article
I just found this interesting: the body fat cells that we so want to get rid of actually have a critical role in wound healing.
- Fat body cells actively migrate to wounds using a peristaltic mode of motility
- Fat body cells tightly seal the gap by forming lamellipodia around the wound margin
- Fat body cells collaborate with macrophages to clear wound debris
- Fat body cells locally release antimicrobial peptides at infected wounds
Pain Affects Visual Orientation: an Eye-Tracking Study – Journal of Pain – February 2018
Because of its unique evolutionary relevance, it is understood that pain automatically attracts attention.
So far, such attentional bias has mainly been shown for pain-related stimuli whereas little is known about shifts in attentional focus after actual painful stimulation.
Our bodies were designed to respond immediately to pain. To remedy the situation causing it is our prime directive. This cannot be easily overruled by design and calling it “catastrophizing” does not ease its urge to action. Continue reading
Osteoarthritis is the form of joint disease that’s often called “wear-and-tear” or “age-related,” although it’s more complicated than that.
While it tends to affect older adults, it is not a matter of “wearing out” your joints the way tires on your car wear out over time. Your genes, your weight, and other factors contribute to the development of osteoarthritis.
Since genes don’t change quickly across populations, the rise in prevalence of osteoarthritis in recent generations suggests an environmental factor, such as activity, diet, or weight. Continue reading
Hip impingement involves a change in the shape of the surface of the hip joint that predisposes it to damage, resulting in stiffness and pain. Hip impingement is a process that may precede hip osteoarthritis.
It most often occurs in young, active people. A recent study found that 87% of teens and adults with hip pain showed evidence of hip impingement on diagnostic images taken of their hip joints.
Though normally found in young, active people, EDS makes us vulnerable to conditions like this throughout out lives.