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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Pain: Friend and foe

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“No pain, no gain” is a common saying, but too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

Chronic pain can override even the best of intentions.  Scientists have therefore been trying to provide relief from such intense discomfort.

Stephen Feller of UPI reports on progress being made along these lines.  He writes about a “two-drug method of treatment” designed to combine “low-dose opioids with [sodium channel] Nav1.7 blockers.”

This method mimics the natural biology of people born with an inability to feel pain. Because Nav1.7 is an important link for nerve cells to signal pain with, blocking it can reduce the experience of pain.  When combined with non-addictive levels of opioids, the blocker will hopefully banish specific types of pain altogether. 


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