Signs in the brain help to diagnose fibromyalgia, says study
A study by researchers of the University of Colorado in Boulder, reported that signs in the brain can help identify fibromyalgia with 93% accuracy. The researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the brain activity of 37 fibromyalgia patients and 35 patients in the control group, according to a study published in the journal PAIN by the International Association for the Study of Pain. who were exposed to a variety of non-painful auditory, visual and tactile stimuli, plus painful pressure. These tests enabled researchers to identify three neurological patterns correlated with pain hypersensitivity, a hallmark of fibromyalgia.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 5 million adults are affected by fibromyalgia. fibromyalgia annually in the United States, mostly affecting women.
The survey encourages the medical sector to have a more accurate diagnosis through the exams, which was rare by current methods of identification, performed by clinical examinations. "The novelty of this study is that it provides potential neuroimaging tools that can be used with new patients to report on the degree of a particular neural pathology according to their symptoms and pain," said Marina López-Solà, study.
In a study by Anglia Ruskin University, in the UK, it has been discovered that a simple back pain may be responsible for triggering illnesses like depression and anxiety. The researchers collected data on the incidence of complaints regarding the discomfort in the column of more than 190,000 people from 43 different countries (including Brazil).
During the conversation with the SVS secretary, aimed at knowing the epidemiological scenario of the Zika virus in the country and its possible relation with the increase in the number of cases of microcephaly, Etienne praised Brazil's work for immediately informing PAHO and the World Health Organization (WHO) of the unexpected increase of the number of cases of microcephaly registered in the country in October 2015, and for adopting more austere prevention and control measures.