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HealthDay (http://tinyurl.com/love-and-pain 11/26, Preidt) reported that,  “thinking about a loved one might help reduce physical pain.” In an experiment with “25 young women who’d been in a good relationship with a boyfriend for more than six months,” University of California-Los Angeles researchers found that women who “were just looking at pictures of their partner…actually reported less pain to heat stimuli than when they were looking at pictures of an object or pictures of a stranger.” In another “experiment, the women reported less heat-related pain when they held the hand of their boyfriend, compared with when they held the hand of a stranger or held a squeeze ball.”

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mindfulness-and-painWebMD (http://tinyurl.com/mindfulness-and-pain 11/11, Warner) reported that, according to a study published in the Journal of Pain, “as little as an hour of mindfulness training is enough to reduce pain.” In “a group of 22 college students [who] received three, 20-minute mindfulness training sessions over the course of three days,” researchers found that “mindfulness meditation training reduced the pain ratings of both ‘high’ and ‘low’ levels of pain more than math distraction and relaxation techniques,” and that “the meditation training seemed to have reduced general pain sensitivity even after the experiments were over.”

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painHealthDay (http://tinyurl.com/depression-pain 11/3, Preidt) reported that, according to a study published online Oct. 15 in Psychosomatic Medicine, “depressed people tend to report more physical symptoms than they actually experience.” Researchers evaluated “109 women who completed questionnaires designed to assess their levels of neuroticism and depression.” Three weeks later, the investigators found that women “who had a higher depression score at the start of the study were more likely to overstate the frequency of their symptoms.”

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