(Telegraph) Pain relief – it is just an illusion
It was supposed to be a trick of the mind to entertain the crowds.
But a visual illusion that gives the impression your hand is being massaged could actually turn out to be an effective treatment for arthritis.
Researchers at the University of Nottingham demonstrating the trick at an open day were amazed when a number of pensioners told how it had miraculously reduced the pain in their joints.
The computer simulation was later tested on a sample of sufferers and in 85 per cent of cases it reduced their pain by 50 per cent.
(Telegraph) Swearing can help relieve pain, study claims
Swearing after hurting yourself can help numb the pain of an injury, new research suggests.
Scientists from Keele University found that letting forth a volley of foul language can have a powerful painkilling effect, especially for people who do not normally use expletives.