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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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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By targeting pain at its source, scientists are aiming to develop new and safer pain relievers.
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U.S. lawmakers and research advocates recently attended a Capitol Hill briefing titled "Pain Research: On the Verge of a Breakthrough", featuring Allan Basbaum, professor at University of California, San Francisco.
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Opioids have become a topic of great interest on Capitol Hill as addiction and overdose rates continue to increase across the country.
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The mind bending pain of a bare foot pressing down on a Lego is truly terrible, but how does something so innocent looking create such an intense feeling?
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Learn more about the science of pain in this webinar.
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You have probably had the burning sensation of eating a jalapeno or other tear-inducing pepper. What causes this painful fire in your mouth?
  • American Chemical Society
The response to pain can vary, but what happens when sensory systems send messages to the brain?
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