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The woman who doesn't feel pain

Jo Cameron only realises her skin is burning when she smells singed flesh. She often burns her arms on the oven, but feels no pain to warn her. That’s because she is one of only two people in the world known to have a rare genetic mutation. It means she feels virtually no pain, and […]

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Pain and Depression: Is There a Link?

Is there a link between pain and depression? Can depression cause physical pain? Answer From Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D. Pain and depression are closely related. Depression can cause pain—and pain can cause depression. Sometimes pain and depression create a vicious cycle in which pain worsens symptoms of depression, and then the resulting depression worsens feelings […]