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April 30, 2017

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April 30, 2017

Synthetic Sugar Against Autoimmune Diseases

Apr. 17, 2017 — Researchers are working on an innovative approach to treat a rare autoimmune disease of the peripheral nervous system, using a kind of molecular sponge made of sugar to remove pathogenic antibodies ... read more

Pinpointing the Mechanisms That Underlie Emotional Responses to Pain

Mar. 13, 2017 — Prostaglandins been linked to the sensory perception of pain, but their role in the emotional response to pain is unclear. A new study has demonstrated that the aversive effects of inflammatory pain ... read more

Can Staying Active Help to Prevent Chronic Pain? Physical Activity Affects Pain Modulation in Older Adults

Feb. 24, 2017 — Older adults with higher levels of physical activity have pain modulation patterns that might help lower their risk of developing chronic pain, reports a ... read more

Nicotinamide Riboside (Vitamin B3) Prevents Nerve Pain Caused by Cancer Drugs

Feb. 23, 2017 — A new study in rats suggests that nicotinamide riboside (NR), a form of vitamin B3, may be useful for treating or preventing nerve pain (neuropathy) caused by chemotherapy drugs. The findings lay the ... read more

Measuring Patients' Muscles to Predict Chemotherapy Side Effects

Feb. 22, 2017 — Measuring patients' muscle mass and quality could potentially help doctors better identify patients at high risk for toxic side effects that could require hospitalizations, researchers ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — There are neurons in your skin that are wired to sense itchy things. These neurons are separate from the ones that detect pain, and yet, chemical-induced itch is often accompanied by mild pain such ... read more

Feb. 20, 2017 — Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by sharp, lancinating pain in the teeth or facial area. The standard treatment for this chronic nerve pain can cause burdening side effects. A novel substance ... read more

Why There Is Sometimes Permanent Vision Loss After Head Injury

Feb. 8, 2017 — Research has shed new light on what causes the permanent vision loss sometimes seen in the wake of a head injury, report ... read more

Is the Pain Coming from Your Hip, Spine or Both?

Feb. 6, 2017 — Many patients live with low back pain that radiates to the buttock, groin, thigh, and even knees. The challenge for patients, and often their doctors, is determining the origin of the pain -- the ... read more

What Primary Care Providers Should Know About Diabetic Neuropathy

Jan. 30, 2017 — Endocrinologists and neurologists from both sides of the Atlantic and teamed up with the American Diabetes Association to craft a new position statement on the prevention, treatment and management of ... read more

Paving the Way for Peripheral Nerve Damage Repair

Jan. 30, 2017 — Research has for the first time identified how a bodily protein allows nerves of the peripheral nervous system (PNS) to repair following ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — Researchers have identified a molecular signaling pathway that, when blocked, promotes sensory neuron growth and prevents or reverses peripheral neuropathy in cell and rodent models of type 1 and 2 ... read more

Key Signaling Protein Associated With Addiction Controls the Actions of Oxycodone in Pain-Free, Chronic Pain States

Jan. 17, 2017 — RGS9-2, a key signaling protein in the brain known to play a critical role in the development of addiction-related behaviors, acts as a positive modulator of oxycodone reward in both pain-free and ... read more

Opioids Produce Analgesia Via Immune Cells

Jan. 17, 2017 — Opioids are the most powerful painkillers. Researchers have now found that the analgesic effects of opioids are not exclusively mediated by opioid receptors in the brain, but can also be mediated via ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — Researchers offer a treatment algorithm, or protocol, for identifying patients with global (flail arm) brachial plexus injuries who are likely to benefit from trading in their insensate and ... read more

Understanding the Causes of Neurological Abnormalities That Result from Premature Birth

Jan. 3, 2017 — New research shows motor abnormalities frequently associated with low birth weight babies could originate due to peripheral nerve ... read more

Dec. 21, 2016 — It's not only risk factors like lower limb strength and precise perception of the limb's position that determine if a geriatric patient will recover from a perturbation, but also complex ... read more

Dec. 13, 2016 — For many patients with chronic pain, any light touch – even just their clothes touching their skin – can be agony. Scientists have found a possible new avenue for producing painkillers that ... read more

Dec. 1, 2016 — A novel method of treating phantom limb pain has been developed using machine learning and augmented reality. This approach has been tested on over a dozen of amputees with chronic phantom limb pain ... read more

With Promising Results from Emerging Therapies, Research Yields Hope for Amyloidosis

Dec. 1, 2016 — Two new treatments are showing promise and overall survival is on the rise for AL amyloidosis, according to a series of studies. Immunoglobulin light-chain amyloidosis (AL) is a rare, ... read more

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