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The 2024 Global Year will examine what is known about sex and gender differences in pain perception and modulation and address sex-and gender-related disparities in both the research and treatment of pain.

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That magnificent imagination that kids have and that we somehow tend to lose as we grow up (why is that?) is apparently a powerful ally in attempts to reduce the frequency and impact of abdominal pain in kids.  Rather than describe it badly, have a look at the BBC coverage of it here ‘Children can be taught to use their imagination to tackle frequent bouts of stomach pain’, and the abstract here ‘Audio-Recorded Guided Imagery Treatment Reduces Functional Abdominal Pain in Children‘.

The abstract includes a link to the pdf of the whole paper which, it seems, is free.  Congratulations Pediatrics.

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