January 27, 2010

The Claim: Coughing Can Blunt the Pain of a Doctor’s Needle

By Kelley Luckstein

THE FACTS Sometimes there are no words that can comfort a patient who fears an injection or the drawing of blood. But there may be one cheap and easy way to ease the needle’s sting…


In another study, published this month in the journal Pediatrics, scientists at the Mayo Clinic tried the coughing trick on 68 children, ages 4 to 11, receiving immunizations. They found that it eased pain in Hispanic and white children, but not in black children — a finding they could not explain.


NY Times by Anahad O’Connor, 1/26/2010

Tags: coughing, Psychology and Psychiatry, vaccines

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