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A closer look at Stanford study on women and pain

Working in media relations, I always get excited when one of our studies gets so much attention in the press. That was certainly the case this week, when oodles of reporters and bloggers wrote about a Stanford study of electronic medical records that found women reported more-intense pain than men may in virtually every disease category. (My only beef? The few headlines that implied that women "can't handle pain." That was not one of the findings - and if it were the case, babies would cease to be born!)

If you haven't heard much about the study, or are interested in the topic of pain, this Forum show is one to listen to. Study co-author Martin Angst, MD, was one of the guests, and he and two other pain experts (including Stanford's Sean Mackey, MD, PhD) discussed the findings and examined the causes and treatments for pain.

Previously: Women report feeling more pain than men, huge EMR analysis shows, A call to fight chronic-pain epidemic, No pain, no gain. Not!, Relieving Pain in America: A new report from the Institute of Medicine, Elliot Krane discusses the mystery of chronic pain, Researching ways to “heal the hurt”, Stanford’s Sean Mackey discusses recent advances in pain research and treatment and Oh what a pain

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