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Monday, October 24, 2016

A proven correlation between weather changes and pain

Using the smartphone app, allowing you to report regularly about his health, a group of researchers under the leadership of William Dixon from University of Manchester was able to prove that weather impacts, including how often and strongly the person feels chronic pain.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

As the researchers explain, some of the relationship between health and weather has long been known, but the nature of such relationship is still not entirely clear, and some consider it not as an objective dependence of health from the weather, as in many respects a form of self-hypnosis. However, the new study, according to its authors, can serve as proof that underestimate the influence of the rain or heat for chronic pain is not worth it.

For nine months, about 9 thousand participants in the study with the help of a special mobile application regularly reported to the scientists, not whether they feel in the moment, a headache, an attack of rheumatism or some other form of chronic pain. Experts, in turn, were compared the data obtained with information about the weather in the regions where lived the participants of the study they also came with the phone thanks to on-site GPS sensor.

According to the researchers, they really managed to observe the effect of weather on how often a person feels chronic pain. First of all “adverse” in this regard proved to be the rainiest and hottest months. At the same time, Sunny days, accompanied by moderate temperatures, influenced by the best way possible.

On the results obtained, scientists announced at the British science festival in Swansea. The experts noted that they will continue the experiment for another nine months.


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