If you have ever had a severe headache, you may have noticed how pain takes a toll on your emotional state, especially if you have ever experienced a migraine. Taking pain medication can help with how a headache feels physically, but what effects does pain relief have on people emotionally? Believe it or not, a number of studies have been conducted on how pain medication like ibuprofen can ameliorate emotional pain. Research has proven that ibuprofen can indeed relieve emotional stress, but scientists at the University of Texas, Austin have recently discovered that it is much more effective on women than on men. Men who take the drug say that they experience harsher feelings of rejection, while women report feeling better.
It has been a good year for University of Texas at Austin researchers in terms of new research funding: At least three studies have received upwards of $650,000 in life science funding from the National Institutes of Health. “Remodeling Potential of the Mitral Valve Following Surgical Repair,” the highest NIH-funded life science study so far this year, received $1.3 million. Additionally, “Training Interventions and Genetics of Exercise Response” and “Novel Molecular and Cellular Approaches for Alcoholism Medication Development” received $684,724 and $664,347 respectively.