chronic pain

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

Each person experiences pain differently, from an emotional perspective as well as a physical one, and responds to pain differently. That means that physicians like myself need to evaluate patients on an individual basis and find the best way to treat their pain. Today, however, doctors are under pressure to limit costs and prescribe treatments… Read more

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 the underlying injury is assessed… Read more

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 to prioritize hunger over chronic… Read more

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 the cost to the economy… Read more