chronic pain

A new test can detect opioids in a person’s breath, researchers report. A breath test could be useful in caring for chronic pain patients as well as for checking for illegal drug use. “There are a few ways we think this could impact society,” says Cristina Davis, chair of the mechanical and aerospace engineering department… Read more

A previously unknown sensory organ that is able to detect painful mechanical damage, such as pricks and impacts has been identified by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. It is made up of glia cells with multiple long protrusions, which collectively go to make up a mesh-like organ within the skin. Pain causes suffering and… Read more

How the cannabis plant creates important pain-relieving molecules that are 30 times more powerful at reducing inflammation than Aspirin has been uncovered, for the first time, by researchers at the University of Guelph. The discovery unlocks the potential to create a naturally derived pain treatment that would offer potent relief without the risk of addiction… Read more

Using social media can reduce the negative health effects of curtailed social contact that comes as a consequence of pain, according to a new study. The findings are significant among an aging society where social isolation and loneliness are key determinants of well-being, says lead author Shannon Ang, a doctoral candidate at the University of… Read more

A non-opioid, investigational drug called EMA401 doesn’t hit nerve cells; rather, it targets a receptor on immune cells, researchers have found. Faced with the epidemic of opioid addiction, scientists have been charged with finding other strategies to treat pain. Their efforts largely have focused on nerve cells that transmit pain signals to the spinal cord… Read more