Howard C. Tenenbaum

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Cortical plasticity is thought to occur following continuous barrage of nociceptive afferent signals to the brain. Hence, chronic pain is presumed to induce anatomical and physiological changes in the brain over time. Inherent factors, some pre-dating the onset of chronic pain, may also contribute to brain abnormalities present in patients. In this study we(More)
Widespread brain gray matter (GM) atrophy is a normal part of the aging process. However, recent studies indicate that age-related GM changes are not uniform across the brain and may vary according to health status. Therefore the aims of this study were to determine whether chronic pain in temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is associated with abnormal GM(More)
We present bacterial biogeography as sampled from the human gastrointestinal tract of four healthy subjects. This study generated >32 million paired-end sequences of bacterial 16S rRNA genes (V3 region) representing >95,000 unique operational taxonomic units (OTUs; 97% similarity clusters), with >99% Good's coverage for all samples. The highest OTU richness(More)
Rumination is a form of thought characterized by repetitive focus on discomforting emotions or stimuli. In chronic pain disorders, rumination can impede treatment efficacy. The brain mechanisms underlying rumination about chronic pain are not understood. Interestingly, a link between rumination and functional connectivity (FC) of the brain's default mode(More)
Learned helplessness is a maladaptive response to uncontrollable stress characterized by impaired motor escape responses, reduced motivation and learning deficits. There are important individual differences in the likelihood of becoming helpless following exposure to uncontrollable stress but little is known about the neural mechanisms underlying these(More)
PURPOSE This study aimed to assess the use of neuropsychologic tests as a tool to differentiate, or not, between a nonresponding chronic pain condition of nonmuscular origin, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (n = 20), versus 2 pain conditions of muscular origin, responding (n = 36) and nonresponding (n = 24) temporomandibular disorders. MATERIALS AND(More)
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