Pain, skin protection and dyslexia

January 23, 2012 2:00:23 PM PST
Pain is a subjective response, but many women will agree they can handle it better.

Since the beginning of time, women have been saying that no man could take the pain of childbearing. Well, there may be more to that as this new study bears out.

Assessing the degree of pain a person is feeling can help doctors determine treatment or medication.

Now comes a study by researchers at Stanford University that says women report feeling more intense pain than men do.

In 47 disease categories, men did not report any intense pain. Women, however, reported "intense" pain in disorders having to do with the neck, the back and the joints.

The researchers caution that the findings could be because women communicate better with their health care providers.


Leaving skin without protection from the sun during childhood increases the risk of melanoma skin cancer in adulthood, a new study finds.

Researchers from the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center found that half of the children they studied had already experienced sunburn by age 11.

It got worse. Three years later, half of those same children who had used sunscreen at the beginning of the study were no longer doing so.

Researchers say we need to find new ways to promote suscreen use.

"They may go to camp on their own. They may be at sports practices on their own, so it's a community wide effort. So coaches, swimming pools, and camp counselors should all include sunscreen use, Dr. Melissa Piliang of Cleveland Clinic said.


Dyslexia is a developmental disability which can hinder a child's learning to read and write, and sometimes speak.

The severity can be mild or severe, but the sooner its diagnosed, the better a child can develop.

Now researchers say brain MRI's can spot dyslexia before a child starts school.

Thirty-six preschool-age children were studied. Those with a family history of dyslexia had reduced brain activity when compared with the control group children.

Since developmental dyslexia responds to early intervention, diagnosing children at risk before or during kindergarten could head off difficulties and frustration in school.

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