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Researchers Identify New Mechanism Underlying Pain

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February 19, 1998
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It's been a tenet of basic physiology that the immune system operates independently of the central nervous system. New research on neuropathic pain -- the kind of burning, shooting pain for which standard analgesics provide little relief -- is producing evidence that the immune system is intimately involved in the initiation and maintenance of pain, through production of proteins called cytokines.

PHILADELPHIA, PA. -- It's been a tenet of basic physiology that the immune system operates independently of the central nervous system. New research on neuropathic pain -- the kind of burning, shooting pain for which standard analgesics provide little relief -- is producing evidence that the immune system is intimately involved in the initiation and maintenance of pain, through production of proteins called cytokines.


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