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VCH Research Institute's monthly health research update.
Issue 43 December 2018

Chilli peppers and the mystery of neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury

As a kinesiologist and research assistant, Jessie McDougall didn’t hesitate to help out with a new pain study happening at ICORD (the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries). Although the study involved some spicy discomfort—in the form of chilli pepper compounds applied to her skin—McDougall wasn’t fazed. 

I say yes  

 to participating because as a researcher myself, it’s really important to remember what it feels like on the other side.
– Jessie McDougall, Squamish

Opportunity to Participate in Research

Can medication be used in combination with exercise to improve motor recovery after stroke?

The study aims to evaluate the efficacy of coupling antidepressant therapy with task-specific exercise rehabilitation in stroke patients.

Can a new drug help adults with inadequately controlled asthma? 

This study aims to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of tezepelumab on airway inflammation in adults with difficult-to-control asthma.

Can a mobile app improve self-management skills in people with spinal cord injury?

This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of an app designed to help people with spinal cord injury attain goals and improve self-management of health. 

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Helpful tips to manage chronic pain

by Dr. Catherine Jutzeler
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Stay active (gradually and consistently). 
Exercise is not only beneficial for your mental health, but it also builds muscle strength, keeps stiff joints lubricated and helps maintain a healthy weight.  
Reduce stress in your life.
Stress is known to intensify chronic pain. Reduce stress and promote relaxation with activities like yoga, meditation, mindfulness and progressive muscle relaxation.
Find ways to distract yourself.
Your thoughts and attitude toward your pain plays a role in your symptoms. Shifting your attention elsewhere will reduce the time you spend thinking about your pain. 

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