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Researchers locate two molecules involved in perpetuating chronic pain

Researchers locate two molecules involved in perpetuating chronic pain

Setting the stage for possible advances in pain treatment, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland report they have pinpointed two molecules involved in perpetuating chronic pain in mice. The molecules, they say, also appear to have a role in the phenomenon that causes uninjured areas of the body to be more sensitive to pain when an area nearby has been hurt. [More]
New research offers fresh insights to drug designers searching for better pain treatments

New research offers fresh insights to drug designers searching for better pain treatments

In a technical tour de force, UC San Francisco scientists have determined, at near-atomic resolution, the structure of a protein that plays a central role in the perception of pain and heat. [More]
Study explains why south Asians have high susceptibility to developing type 2 diabetes

Study explains why south Asians have high susceptibility to developing type 2 diabetes

Lower amounts of brown adipose tissue (BAT, or ‘brown fat’) could help explain why south Asians—who make up a fifth of the world’s population—have an exceptionally high susceptibility to developing metabolic problems such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. [More]
Dietary change should be considered in chronic prostatitis

Dietary change should be considered in chronic prostatitis

Researchers from the USA say that physicians should consider dietary changes for patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome to improve symptoms. [More]
Acorda Therapeutics initiates second clinical trial of Glial Growth Factor 2 in heart failure patients

Acorda Therapeutics initiates second clinical trial of Glial Growth Factor 2 in heart failure patients

Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOR) today announced that the first patient has been enrolled in the second clinical trial of Glial Growth Factor 2 (GGF2). This Phase 1b single-infusion trial in people with heart failure will assess tolerability of three dose levels of GGF2, and also includes several explorative measures of efficacy. [More]

Penn researchers determine link between personality types and hot-spice preferences

Certain aspects of an individual's personality may be a determining factor in whether they like their food plain and bland or spicy and hot, according to research presented at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo-. [More]
Acorda Therapeutics acquires two neuropathic pain management assets from NeurogesX

Acorda Therapeutics acquires two neuropathic pain management assets from NeurogesX

Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. today announced that it has acquired two neuropathic pain management assets from NeurogesX, Inc. Qutenza is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the management of neuropathic pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia. [More]
Peripheral neuropathic pain patch treatments: an interview with Anne Hodgkins, Astellas Pharma

Peripheral neuropathic pain patch treatments: an interview with Anne Hodgkins, Astellas Pharma

Peripheral neuropathic pain is caused by lesion or disease to the peripheral somatosensory nervous system. Nerve damage that can lead to peripheral neuropathic pain can happen as a result of a range of different diseases, medications or traumatic injuries. [More]
Pre-treatments for peripheral neuropathic pain patch receive European Commision approval

Pre-treatments for peripheral neuropathic pain patch receive European Commision approval

The European Commission (EC) has approved expanded options for pre-treatment prior to use of QUTENZA (8% capsaicin patch). Before application the patient may now take an oral analgesic, or the treatment area may be pre-treated with a topical anaesthetic.1 The 8% capsaicin patch is the first and only licensed high concentration (8%) capsaicin cutaneous patch for the treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain in Europe. [More]
NFL funds WSU research to fix injured brains with new nerve cells

NFL funds WSU research to fix injured brains with new nerve cells

The National Football League thinks enough of the work that its charitable arm has given Krzysztof Czaja (pronounced K-shish-toff Chai-uh), a Washington State University neuroscientist, $100,000 to keep looking. [More]
HSS involving resiniferatoxin receives U.S. patent to alleviate intractable pain

HSS involving resiniferatoxin receives U.S. patent to alleviate intractable pain

The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued a patent to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services involving resiniferatoxin, or RTX, an experimental compound that represents a potential new class of drugs to alleviate the intractable pain that can occur in people with advanced cancer, severe arthritis, and other extremely chronic conditions. [More]
Itch-specific nerve cells: an interview with Associate Professor Xinzhong Dong

Itch-specific nerve cells: an interview with Associate Professor Xinzhong Dong

Itch was actually defined by a German physician more than 350 years ago. His name was Samuel Hafenreffer. He defined itch as an unpleasant sensation that makes people want to scratch. You probably think this is a very simple definition but itch is really a very complex sensory modality. [More]
People with chronic inflammatory conditions may benefit from mindfulness meditation

People with chronic inflammatory conditions may benefit from mindfulness meditation

People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma - in which psychological stress plays a major role - may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques, according to a study by University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientists with the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center. [More]
Itch-specific nerve cells in skin discovered by John Hopkins scientists

Itch-specific nerve cells in skin discovered by John Hopkins scientists

Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered strong evidence that mice have a specific set of nerve cells that signal itch but not pain, a finding that may settle a decades-long debate about these sensations, and, if confirmed in humans, help in developing treatments for chronic itch, including itch caused by life-saving medications. [More]
Johns Hopkins scientists uncover itch-specific nerve cells in skin

Johns Hopkins scientists uncover itch-specific nerve cells in skin

Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered strong evidence that mice have a specific set of nerve cells that signal itch but not pain, a finding that may settle a decades-long debate about these sensations, and, if confirmed in humans, help in developing treatments for chronic itch, including itch caused by life-saving medications. [More]
Human nociception genes mapped out

Human nociception genes mapped out

Researchers have uncovered a “network map” of genes that are involved in pain perception, which they say may help identify new analgesic drugs. [More]
Secondhand smoke exposure decreases sensitivity to cough-eliciting respiratory irritants in children

Secondhand smoke exposure decreases sensitivity to cough-eliciting respiratory irritants in children

New research from the Monell Center reveals that exposure to secondhand smoke decreases sensitivity to cough-eliciting respiratory irritants in otherwise healthy children and adolescents. [More]

Treatments for peripheral neuropathic pain compared

The first study to compare the 8% capsaicin patch with pregabalin as a treatment for peripheral neuropathic pain begins, with enrolment of the first patient. [More]
Neural precursor cells suppress aggressive tumors

Neural precursor cells suppress aggressive tumors

Neural precursor cells (NPC) in the young brain suppress certain brain tumors such as high-grade gliomas, especially glioblastoma (GBM), which are among the most common and most aggressive tumors. [More]
Marshall University faculty member receives $426,000 NIH grant for lung cancer study

Marshall University faculty member receives $426,000 NIH grant for lung cancer study

A Marshall University faculty member has been awarded a three-year, $426,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to further her lung cancer research. [More]