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Neuropathy News
September 26, 2020

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Neanderthals May Have Had a Lower Threshold for Pain

Nerve cells have a special ion channel that has a key role in starting the electrical impulse that signals pain and is sent to the brain. New research finds that people who inherited the Neanderthal ...

Novel Electric Impulses Relieve the Pain

Chronic pain can be reduced by stimulating the vagus nerve in the ear with electrodes. In a microanatomic study, the human ear has now been analyzed on a micrometer scale. A computer model was ...

Spider Venom Key to Pain Relief Without Side-Effects

Molecules in tarantula venom could be used as an alternative to opioid pain killers for people seeking chronic pain ...

Repairing Stroke-Damaged Rat Brains

Researchers have succeeded in restoring mobility and sensation of touch in stroke-afflicted rats by reprogramming human skin cells to become nerve cells, which were then transplanted into the rats' ...
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Speeding Up Nerve Regrowth for Trauma Patients

Researchers have found a treatment that increases the speed of nerve regeneration by three to five times, leading to much better outcomes for trauma surgery ...

New Genetic Cause of a Form of Inherited Neuropathy

Inherited mutations in a gene that keeps nerve cells intact was shown, for the first time, to be a driver of a neuropathy known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. This finding presents a clearer picture ...

Unique 3D-Images Reveal the Architecture of Nerve Fibers

Researchers have used synchrotron light to study what happens to the nerves in diabetes. The technique shows the 3D-structure of nerve fibers in very high ...

Brain-Doping Produced by Your Own Body

Researchers have uncovered the mechanism by which Epo acts in nerve ...

Researchers End Decade-Long Search for Mechanical Pain Sensor

Researchers have discovered that a protein found in the membrane of our sensory neurons are involved in our capacity to feel mechanical pain, laying the foundation for the development of powerful new ...

Higher Opioid Doses Fail to Lessen Pain

Researchers looked at prescribing data on more than 50,000 VA patients taking opioids and found that increased doses did not improve pain ...

First Treatment for Pain Using Human Stem Cells a Success

Researchers have used human stem cells to make pain-killing neurons that provide lasting relief in mice, without side effects, in a single treatment. The next step is to perform extensive safety ...

Researchers Regrow Damaged Nerves With Polymer and Protein

Researchers have created a biodegradable nerve guide -- a polymer tube -- filled with growth-promoting protein that can regenerate long sections of damaged nerves, without the need for transplanting ...

Focus on Opioids and Cannabis in Chronic Pain Media Coverage

New Zealand media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have ...

'Swiss Cheese' Bones Could Be Cause of Unexplained Low Back Pain

In experiments with genetically engineered and old mice, researchers say they have added to evidence that the vast majority of low back pain in people may be rooted in an overgrowth of pain-sensing ...

Fighting Opioids With an Unlikely Supplemental Painkiller: Anti-Itch Medicine

Researchers are investigating whether an anti-itch medication that targets a specific part of our nerve cells can make morphine -- which targets a different part--more effective. The findings suggest ...

Master Regulator in Mitochondria Is Critical for Muscle Function and Repair

New study identifies how loss of mitochondrial protein MICU1 disrupts calcium balance and causes muscle atrophy and ...

Immersion in Virtual Reality Scenes of the Arctic Helps to Ease People's Pain

Watching immersive 360 videos of icy Arctic scenes helps to relieve intense burning pain and could hold hope for treating chronic pain, a small study has ...

Why Myelinated Mammalian Nerves Are Fast and Allow High Frequency

Researchers have achieved patch-clamp studies of an elusive part of mammalian myelinated nerves called the Nodes of Ranvier. At the nodes, they found unexpected potassium channels that give the ...

Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Provides Pain Relief and More Effective Opioid Alternative in Animal Study

An international team of researchers has used nanoparticles to deliver a drug -- one that previously failed in clinical trials for pain -- into specific compartments of nerve cells, dramatically ...

Gabapentinoids Appear Increasingly to Be Prescribed, Off-Label, for Cancer Pain

Between 2005 and 2015, as the opioid crisis in America came into focus, prescriptions for gabapentinoid medications -- gabapentin and pregabalin -- to adults with cancer saw a two-fold increase, a ...

Brain Protein Promotes Maintenance of Chronic Pain

Study results illuminate the potential of novel approach for the treatment of chronic ...

Brain Mechanisms Have Potential to Block Arthritis Pain

Because pain is a complex condition, treating it efficiently continues to pose challenge for physicians. Past pain research typically has focused upon the spinal cord or the peripheral areas of the ...

Researchers Identify Molecular Process That Could Accelerate Recovery from Nerve Injuries

Researchers have discovered a molecular process that controls the rate at which nerves grow both during embryonic development and recovery from injury throughout ...

New Approach to Pain Treatment in Diseases of the Pancreas

One of the worst symptoms associated with inflammation or cancer of the pancreas is severe chronic pain. Pancreatic pain is difficult to treat, because many painkillers prove ineffective in ...

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