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Managing chronic pain with light

Scientists from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Rome have now identified a special population of nerve cells in the skin that are responsible for sensitivity to gentle touch and

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No evidence that anaesthesia in young children lowers intelligence

A Mayo Clinic study finds no evidence that children given anaesthesia before their third birthdays have lower IQs than those who did not have it. A more complex picture emerges

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Post-surgical opioids can, paradoxically, lead to chronic pain

Giving opioids to animals to quell pain after surgery prolongs pain for more than three weeks and primes specialised immune cells in the spinal cord to be more reactive to

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Scientist turns off chemo pain

In a recent paper published in the journal Pain, Saint Louis University researchers describe their success in an animal model in turning off the excruciating chemo pain that often accompanies a

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Cancer patients’ pain eased by simple bedside chart

Patients with cancer could benefit from a simple bedside chart system to manage their pain, a study suggests. The new approach reduces pain levels compared with conventional care, the research

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Being hungry shuts off perception of chronic pain

According to research by University of Pennsylvania neuroscientists, the brain has a way to suppress chronic pain when an animal is hungry, allowing it to go look for food while

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A new solution for chronic pain

Neuropathic pain is a chronic illness affecting 7-10 per cent of the population in France and for which there is no effective treatment. Researchers at the Institute for Neurosciences of

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Opioid analgesics reduce use of antipsychotics in persons with Alzheimer’s disease

Initiating an opioid analgesic reduced the use of antipsychotics and benzodiazepines in persons with Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. These drugs are frequently

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Bedfont Scientific Ltd named Exporter of the Year for two years in a row

Bedfont Scientific Ltd. are thrilled to be named Exporter of the Year for the second year running at the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Awards. The prestigious Kent Invicta Chamber

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A new solution for chronic pain

Neuropathic pain is a chronic illness affecting 7-10 per cent the population in France and for which there is no effective treatment. Researchers at the Institute for Neurosciences of Montpellier