Alpha Brain Wave Frequency Could Predict Predisposition To Pain

Alpha brain wave frequency can be used as a measure of a person’s vulnerability to developing and experiencing pain, researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK and University of Maryland in the US have found. Personal experience of pain is highly variable among individuals, even in instances where…Continue readingAlpha Brain Wave Frequency Could Predict Predisposition To Pain

Neuropeptide Y Signaling Dampens Inflammatory Pain During Hunger

The brain has a mechanism to suppress chronic pain when an animal is hungry, allowing it to go look for food while leaving intact the response to acute pain, research by University of Pennsylvania neuroscientists indicates. The work pinpointed a tiny population of 300 brain cells responsible for the ability…Continue readingNeuropeptide Y Signaling Dampens Inflammatory Pain During Hunger

Holding Your Partner’s Hand Can Ease Their Pain

Around 100 million adults in the United States are affected by chronic pain – pain that lasts for months or years on end. It is one of the country’s most underestimated health problems. The annual cost of managing pain is greater than that of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and…Continue readingHolding Your Partner’s Hand Can Ease Their Pain

Explosive Synchronization Seen In Fibromyalgia Brain Networks

Patients with fibromyalgia have brain networks primed for rapid, global responses to minor changes, a new study finds. This abnormal hypersensitivity, called explosive synchronization (ES), can be seen in other network phenomena across nature. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea…Continue readingExplosive Synchronization Seen In Fibromyalgia Brain Networks

A Neural Substrate For Heightened Craniofacial Pain

How the brain’s wiring makes us suffer more from head and face pain has been uncovered by Duke University scientists. People consistently rate pain of the head, face, eyeballs, ears and teeth as more disruptive, and more emotionally draining, than pain elsewhere in the body. The answer may lie not…Continue readingA Neural Substrate For Heightened Craniofacial Pain

Diabetic Neuropathy Pain Driven By Over-activity Of HCN2

The molecular basis of chronic nerve pain in diabetes has been pinpointed in a new study from King’s College London. These findings, in a mouse model, could one day lead to treatments which target the source of the pain. Around one in four people with diabetes develop a chronic pain…Continue readingDiabetic Neuropathy Pain Driven By Over-activity Of HCN2

Protein Subunits Inhibit TRPM3 Ion Channels In Sensory Neurons

TRPM3 belongs to a family of channel proteins that allow sodium and calcium ions to enter cells by forming pores in cell membranes. TRPM3 is found on the cell membranes of nerve cells; when ions flow into the nerves through the TRPM3 pores it triggers an electrical impulse. TRPM3 is…Continue readingProtein Subunits Inhibit TRPM3 Ion Channels In Sensory Neurons