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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

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]
Mu-opioid receptors put brakes on appetite

Mu-opioid receptors put brakes on appetite

Activation of mu-opioid receptors in the nerves of the portal vein walls triggers a gut–brain neural circuit that leads to feelings of satiety, researchers report in Cell. [More]
Sucrose and menthol act independently to reduce coughing

Sucrose and menthol act independently to reduce coughing

Millions of Americans reach for their cough drops or syrup at the first sign of a cough. However, scientists are unsure if and how these popular remedies work. Now, new findings from the Monell Center suggest that sucrose and menthol, ingredients commonly regarded as flavorings in these preparations, each act independently to reduce coughing. [More]
Hot sauce ingredient could play a role in future of weight loss

Hot sauce ingredient could play a role in future of weight loss

According to research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), the ingredient that gives hot sauce its heat could play a role in the future of weight loss. [More]
Nerve pain patients in Wales gain access to first of a kind treatment which can provide lasting pain relief

Nerve pain patients in Wales gain access to first of a kind treatment which can provide lasting pain relief

For the first time NHS patients in Wales with peripheral nerve pain (known as peripheral neuropathic pain) can be treated with a patch containing capsaicin, which can provide at least 12 weeks pain relief following a single 30- or 60-minute application. [More]
Erasing neuronal memories may help control persistent pain

Erasing neuronal memories may help control persistent pain

For some, the pain is so great that they can't even bear to have clothes touch their skin. For others, it means that every step is a deliberate and agonizing choice. Whether the pain is caused by arthritic joints, an injury to a nerve or a disease like fibromyalgia, research now suggests there are new solutions for those who suffer from chronic pain. [More]
IQWiG identifies additional recommendations for diabetes mellitus type 2 DMP

IQWiG identifies additional recommendations for diabetes mellitus type 2 DMP

On 3 January 2012, the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) published the results of a literature search for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the treatment of people with diabetes mellitus type 2. [More]
Nasal spray with hot chili pepper ingredient may help people clear up sinus inflammation

Nasal spray with hot chili pepper ingredient may help people clear up sinus inflammation

Hot chili peppers are known to make people "tear up," but a new study led by University of Cincinnati allergy researcher Jonathan Bernstein, MD, found that a nasal spray containing an ingredient derived from hot chili peppers (Capsicum annum) may help people "clear up" certain types of sinus inflammation. [More]
Enrollment complete in NeurogesX NGX-1998 Phase 2 clinical study for postherpetic neuralgia

Enrollment complete in NeurogesX NGX-1998 Phase 2 clinical study for postherpetic neuralgia

NeurogesX, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel pain management therapies, today announced the completion of patient enrollment in its Phase 2 clinical study of NGX-1998, a topical liquid formulation of high-concentration capsaicin, in patients with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). [More]
New insight into itch and pain

New insight into itch and pain

A new study of itch adds to growing evidence that the chemical signals that make us want to scratch are the same signals that make us wince in pain. [More]
NeurogesX first quarter revenue is $3.2 million for 2011

NeurogesX first quarter revenue is $3.2 million for 2011

NeurogesX, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel pain management therapies, today reported results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2011. [More]
Red pepper consumption can help manage appetite

Red pepper consumption can help manage appetite

Spicing up your daily diet with some red pepper can curb appetite, especially for those who don't normally eat the popular spice, according to research from Purdue University. [More]