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.
The University of Texas Board of Regents voted to give $30 million annually for eight years and $25 million annually thereafter to create a medical school in Austin. The university says its aim in creating the school is to participate more actively in medical research and draw in innovative faculty members and students. The pledge is also aiming to bring more doctors, jobs, and improved healthcare to the city of Austin.
A team of researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio have recently discovered a possible explanation for the high rate of pneumonia in the elderly. Community-acquired pneumonia is the leading cause of death among the elderly and this new UT research may have revealed a possible treatment.