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Study Finds Coffee Reduces Physical Pain

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC)– Put down that aspirin. Researchers in Norway find a cup of coffee can help reduce physical pain.

The 48 participants used in the study performed typical office work that caused pain in their shoulders, neck, forearms, and wrists.

The researchers from Norway’s National Institute of Occupational Health and Oslo University Hospital found that 19 people who drank coffee reported a lower intensity of pain than the 29 who didn’t.

“These results might have potentially interesting implications of a pain-modulating effect of caffeine in an everyday setting,” the study says.

Scientists measured the pain intensity on a 100-point scale with the average pain rating a 41 among the coffee drinkers and 55 for those who didn’t drink coffee.

The study was published in the BMC Research Notes journal.

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