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Pain-related changes in the brain: diagnostic and therapeutic potentials

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[Review] Emerging evidence suggests that chronic pain is a disease that can alter brain function. Imaging studies have demonstrated structural remapping and functional reorganization of brain circuits under various pain conditions. In parallel, preclinical models have demonstrated that chronic pain causes long-term neuroplasticity. For example, thalamo–cortical oscillations are dysregulated and neurons in the sensory thalamus undergo ectopic firing linked to misexpression of membrane ion channels. In theory, physiological changes at the single-unit, multi-unit, and circuitry levels can be used as predictors of pain, and possibly to guide targeted neuromodulation of specific brain regions for therapeutic purposes. Therefore, multidisciplinary research into the mechanisms of pain-related phenomena in the brain may offer insights into novel approaches for the diagnosis, monitoring, and management of persistent pain. (...) - by Carl Y. Saab, Trends in Neurosciences, Volume 35, Issue 10, October 2012, Pages 629–637


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What is Creativity? Art as a Symptom of Brain Disease

What is Creativity? Art as a Symptom of Brain Disease | Expertpatient | Scoop.it

We don’t normally associate creativity with brain disease, but a recent paper published in Brain suggests that maybe we should. When we think of someone affected by a serious brain disorder, we imagine deterioration and loss of function, but a surprising new study shows that some people may actually develop artistic talent as a result of their brain disorder, and that in turn, their art can tell us about the nature of their brain disorder. (...) - by India Bohanna on Brain Blogger, September 23, 2012


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Jim Siders's curator insight, February 11, 2013 1:50 PM

look in the mirror maybe