Pain

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Pain and the Brain
While unpleasant, pain exists for a reason: it directs our attention to an injury so we can take care of it and prevent further damage.
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An icy-cool summer delight like ice cream can quickly turn into pure pain, thanks to brain freeze. But why does this happen?
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A small battery-sized device implanted into the chest delivering small zaps of electricity to the vagus nerve can make a huge impact in a patient’s wellbeing.
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Chronic pain can cause severe cognitive effects, but relief may come from a surprising source.
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How much does it hurt? Researchers are examining the neuroscience behind emotional and physical pain.
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Learn the basics of how neurons fire, and explore what we can learn from the feeling of banging our funny bone.
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Michael Rogawski discusses the similarities between migraine attacks and epileptic seizures and what they might mean for treating the two conditions.
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There’s no mistaking a broken heart for a broken bone — but our brains might look at both kinds of pain the same way.
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How does the body know when it has been cut, or stung, or hit?
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Our expert answers your questions about chronic pain, its causes and its treatment.
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Touch a hot pan and you’ll reflexively withdraw your hand. That’s because a special type of pain-sensing nerves transmits a jolt of pain, which acts like a warning signal to prevent further injury.
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While unpleasant, pain exists for a reason: it directs our attention to an injury so we can take care of it and prevent further damage.
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  • 5 min
When you take a bite of a hot pepper, your body reacts as if your mouth is on fire -- because that's essentially what you've told your brain!
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