The Osher Clinical Center’s Dr. Randall Paulsen, was recently cited in the The Boston Globe on the topic of stress and its impact on the sensitivity to pain. Dr. Paulsen runs an 8-week course in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).
In The Boston Globe article, which references new research published in the journal Pain, Dr. Paulsen supports the evidence that individuals can influence their subjective experience of pain.
Ruth Defrin, associate professor in the department of physical therapy at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, who conducted the research said, “There are situations in which stress is a motivator and improves performance, but it really depends on the situation and it mostly depends on how a person perceives the moment.”
According to an article in The Rheumatologist, “pain is the number one reason patients see a rheumatologist, and it’s their highest priority when returning for a follow-up.”
Co-author of the article, Dr. Yvonne Lee, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital will be speaking this Thursday, February 12th, about the different types and sources of pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, and how neuroscience is revealing some surprising findings.
On Tuesday March 3rd, the Osher Center will convene a new monthly Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds Series at the Bornstein Family Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. These gatherings will be open to the Harvard-wide network of both conventional and integrative medicine researchers, clinicians and educators. The aim of the series is to support inter-disciplinary learning and discuss the application of integrative medicine therapies.
This week, Health News from NPR featured a story about how exercise—from boxing, to dancing, to tai chi—can help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.
Osher Center Research Director, Dr. Peter Wayne described on air, how tai chi can help improve balance and strength in older adults, and benefit individuals suffering from the disease.
According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, “as many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease.”
Listen to the audio here (4 min), and read the NPR article here: Fight Parkinson’s: Exercise May be the Best Therapy.