How animals express pain
Recent studies underscore the physical ways animals show they are in pain and how humans can measure it. What’s good for animals also turns out to be good for science.
Biofeedback therapy offers a mind-body approach to improving health
Treating pain and illness could be mind over matter for some.
Looking away lessens the pain of needles
Past experiences and the context of the situation influence our feelings of pain
Ouch! Women feel pain more intensely than men
The researchers assessed sex differences in reported pain for more than 250 diseases and conditions.
Doctors find sugar can help relieve tooth pain?
The simple sugar alcohol mannitol, when mixed with other anesthesia, lowers pain during dental operations.
Changes in ancient diet may explain why our wisdom teeth hurt so much
New study of jaw bones indicate the diet and lifestyle have an effect on human evolution.
Bullet ants are so named because their sting allegedly feels like being shot by a bullet. As evidenced by the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, the bullet ant has the reputation of delivering the most painful sting in the insect world — it might even be the most painful sting, period. Amazingly, there’s an indigenous tribe in South America that requires young men to endure these stings for 10 minutes at a time — as many as 20 times consecutively — as a rite of passage ritual. Despite the pain, the stings are not fatal and cause no permanent damage, except maybe to the psyche.
10 animals that deliver the most painful stings and bites
In pain? Crossing your arms may help
Crossing your arms across the middle of your body confuses the brain and helps reduce the intensity of pain, according to new research.
Romantic breakups cause real pain
Photos of exes causes people’s brains to light up in sections linked with physical pain.