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In 1983, Devo got a bad case of the munchies.

Tonight’s musical selection is “That’s Good” by Devo, from their album Oh No! It’s Devo. Internet “facts” insist (citation needed?) that this video ran into airplay troubles when it was first released in 1983. From Wikipedia:

The video for ‘That’s Good’ ran into censorship troubles on MTV. The juxtaposition of the image of a cartoon of a french fry penetrating the hole of a donut then quickly cut to a writhing, smiling nude woman, shot from the neck up, was considered too risque for airplay.

Some of you know I have fibromyalgia. A new study reveals that its roots — or at least the physiological changes it cause — may lie in an overabundance of nerve cells in the skin. From Medical Daily:

A large proportion of the medical community has believed that the disease was psychosomatic, and people essentially think that they are in pain. But a small biopharmaceutical company, Intidyn, or Integrated Tissue Dynamics, has found what they believe to be the root cause of the disease.

Using new microscope techniques, researchers at a biopharmaceutial company have found that fibromyalgia is caused by excess nerve endings surrounding certain blood vessels in the skin.

Reseachers from the company and from Albany Medical College have found that there is a unique neurovascular structure, or blood flow to the nerves, in the skin of female patients who report pain from fibromyalgia. This, the scientists believe, may be the ultimate cause of the pain experienced in the condition.

‘Instead of being in the brain, the pathology consists of excessive sensory nerve fibers around specialized blood vessel structures located in the palms of the hands,’ said Dr. Frank L. Rice, president of Intidyn and the senior researcher on the study, in a press statement

Blood vessel constriction can be controlled by nerves in the skin. Patients with Fibromyalgia have an abnormally high number of nerve endings surrounding a blood vessel bridge in the skin.

Starting with women in this study makes sense, because they are the most common sufferers. Given the complexity of this condition, answers about its cause and real, effective treatment are probably a ways away but this study gives some hope for better understanding,

Read any interesting science stories today?


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Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and