Scientists provide new understanding of chronic pain

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Scientists provide new understanding of chronic pain

Postby MSUK » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:11 am

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Millions of people worldwide suffer from a type of chronic pain called neuropathic pain, which is triggered by nerve damage. Precisely how this pain persists has been a mystery, and current treatments are largely ineffective.

But a team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute, using a new approach known as metabolomics, has now discovered a major clue: dimethylsphingosine (DMS), a small-molecule byproduct of cellular membranes in the nervous system.

In their new study, the scientists found that DMS is produced at abnormally high levels in the spinal cords of rats with neuropathic pain and appears to cause pain when injected. The findings suggest inhibiting this molecule may be a fruitful target for drug development....Read More - http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... ageid/1896
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