Posts tagged "pain"

Study: Redheads Feel Pain Differently

Redheads! They're so different! So special, so rare! And the same recessive genes that give them their ginger locks also cause them to feel pain in a different way than the rest of us. A study done at Aalborg University in Denmark found that while redheads are better able to handle spicier foods, their bodie…

By: Julie Gerstein / March 6, 2012

Girl Talk: My Ladyparts Hurt

Two years ago, I was sitting in the bathtub cheerfully shampooing my unruly mop of hair and engaging my morning ablutions. When the time came to wash my privates, a sudden, sharp, stinging sensation arose the second I touched soap to vulva. I actually cried out, causing my curious cat to peek over the tu…

By: Sally McGraw / May 16, 2011

Romantic Breakups Can Cause Physical Pain, Study Shows

Love hurts. It sounds like a cliche, but new research suggests it might literally be true. Rejection by a romantic partner during a breakup activates regions of the brain associated with physical pain, according to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study. "Rejection literally hurts," researcher Edward Smith, a cognitive neuroscientist at Columbia…

By: AOL Health / April 3, 2011

What’s The Worst Pain You’ve Experienced?

Lil Wayne endured a torturous dental session that included eight root canals in eight hours. The dentist worked on his grillz, added more implants, redid several other implants, and repaired the few real teeth the rapper had left. Can you imagine how awful Wayne's breath was if he needed all this work? He probably didn't…

By: Annika Harris / February 21, 2010

Man Goes Through Simulated Childbirth To See If He Can Handle The Pain

We've all heard the old women-versus-men pain threshold debate. It almost always goes the same way. A man in the middle of a crowded bar raucously boasts that he can withstand more pain than a woman. Any woman! Then, some gal in his vicinity gently puts down her gin and tonic, peers over her glasse…

By: Nikki Dowling / October 15, 2009

Being A Redhead Hurts

Don't get me wrong—redheads are awesome. But they also feel more pain than the rest of the population, are more sensitive to heat, and need 20% more anesthesia to knock them out. And a new study shows another odd side effect of being a redhead—they're less likely to get proper dental care. It’s not their…

By: Daniela Guernica / August 3, 2009

Cursing Is Good For You

Holy s**t! A U.K. study found that swearing increases our pain tolerance. Participants in the study were asked to keep their hands in freezing cold water for as long as they could while repeating certain words. Peeps were able to withstand the cold an average of 40 seconds longer when repeating a curse word, compared…

By: Nikki Dowling / July 13, 2009

Now You Can Zap Your Cramps Away

I've never thought of my cramps as particularly debilitating, but even I have had moments when I need something stronger than Midol. (One vacation where I was unable to get out of bed comes to mind.) But there's a new treatment out there—Allay, a pulsed electromagnetic field therapy device—that could nix period pain forevs. Thi…

By: Daniela Guernica / July 1, 2009