Weather may be linked to chronic aches & pains

Sep 08, 2016, 4:48 AM EDT
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In a development that could give new direction to the exploration of new pain interventions and treatments, the researchers at Manchester University have found some link between changing weather and chronic pain in humans. A months-long study examined thousands of people, suffering from conditions like arthritis, back pain and migraines, only to find that the symptoms changed with weather patterns.

In the project, entitled Cloudy with a Chance of Pain, researchers collect the data via a smartphone app, reports the BBC. More than 9,000 people have so far downloaded the app and joined the experiment. One of the interesting features of the app is that it allows the user to interact with the data and spot relationships between different variables such as between temperature and mood, or air pressure and pain levels.

Project lead Will Dixon, a rheumatologist and professor of digital epidemiology at the University of Manchester, said that the project will collect data until April 2017.

If a direct relation between the weather patterns and change in chronic pains is established, it would prove the Greek physician Hippocrates correct, who suggested a theory of similar interaction nearly 2,500 years ago, writes The Telegraph.