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Pain relief without the high

Researchers at Leiden University led by Mario van der Stelt (Leiden Institute for Chemistry) have set ‘gold standards’ for developing new painkillers ...

Optical control of a neuroreceptor alleviates chronic pain

Pain serves as a valuable warning signal, but when it becomes chronic, pain should be considered as a real disease. An international ...

Study offers approach to treating pain

Research on the effect of nerve cell stiffness on sensitivity to touch could lead to new painkillers ... Full story

CDC Recommends Behavioral Treatment for Chronic Pain

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently launched a call for the use of behavioral treatments for managing chronic pain instead of, or in addition to, opioid treatments. ... Full story

New study to investigate role of sleep in chronic pain

SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University will lead a study to understand the relationship between sleep and chronic pain, part of a nationwide effort to address the rising abuse of opioid pain relievers and expand the arsenal of non-drug treatment options. ... Full story

Phantom movements in augmented reality helps patients with chronic intractable phantom limb pain

Dr Max Ortiz Catalan at Chalmers University of Technology, the Department of Signals and systems, has developed a novel method of treating phantom limb pain using machine learning and augmented reality. This approach has been tested on over a dozen of amputees with chronic phantom limb pain who found no relief by other clinically available methods before. The new treatment reduced their pain by approximately 50 per cent, reports a clinical study published in The Lancet. ... Full story

Use of prescription pain medicines is significantly different between persons with and without Alzheimer’s disease

Approximately one third of persons with Alzheimer’s disease use prescription medicines for pain after their diagnosis, reports a recent study conducted at the University of ... Full story

Sometimes just watching hurts—and the signs of pain are seen in the brain

Brain research helps to develop diagnostics and new therapies for people suffering from complex regional pain syndrome CRPS. ... Full story

New Insights into Cause of Phantom Limb Pain May Have Therapeutic Benefits

Phantom limb pain is the pain experienced following loss of a limb, either from injury or amputation. This sensation of pain was previously thought to be caused by abnormal plasticity in the sensorimotor cortex of the brain, and rehabilitative therapies have focused on restoring normal motor function to relieve the pain. However, conflicting results left the question of whether and how phantom pain is caused by changes in sensorimotor activity unanswered. ... Full story

Pain sensors specialised for specific sensations

Many pain-sensing nerves in the body are thought to respond to all types of ‘painful events’, but new UCL research in mice reveals that in fact most are specialised to respond to specific types such as heat, cold or mechanical pain. ... Full story

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