SARS-CoV-2 infection can block pain, opening up unexpected new possibilities for research into pain relief medication

The SARS-CoV-2 virus usually infects the body via the ACE2 protein. But there is another entry point that allows the virus to infect the nervous system and block pain perception.

Rajesh Khanna, Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Arizona • conversation
Sept. 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  pandemic  pain  sars-cov-2  viruses  covid-19-pandemic  ace2  asymptomatic  chronic-pain  spike-protein

‘Toe spring’ shoes can lead to long-term pain

"Toe spring" shoes may give the muscles in your feet a break—but that might not be a good thing in the long run.

Cory Nealon-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: inflammation exercise pain walking running health-and-medicine feet

Green light cuts monthly migraine days by 60%

Green light therapy resulted in about a 60% reduction in the pain intensity of the headache phase and number of days per month people experienced migraines.

Stacy Pigott-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pain light health-and-medicine headaches migraines

Method regrows cartilage to cushion bones

A new technique to regrow cartilage could one day help people avoid arthritis before things get too bad, researchers say.

Christopher Vaughn - Stanford • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: regenerative-medicine pain cartilage bones arthritis featured health-and-medicine joints

Nature’s epidural: Genetic variant may explain why some women don’t need pain relief during childbirth

Women who do not need pain relief during childbirth may be carriers of a key genetic variant that acts a natural epidural, say scientists at the University of

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: reproduction spotlight-on-neuroscience genetics pain childbirth

Do your genes make you feel insecure in love?

There may be a connection between genes involved in the opioid system and feelings of insecurity in romantic relationships, researchers find.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution genes pain emotions relationships featured social-lives health-and-medicine love

How to work from home without hurting your back

"Anyone who is facing discomfort is at risk for developing a longer-term injury." Here are tips for injury-free working from home.

U. Pittsburgh • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 pain jobs featured health-and-medicine ergonomics

Brain circuitry can create desire for stuff that hurts

The new findings in rats could explain why it isn't always necessary to enjoy the target of an addiction, like cocaine.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: addiction sugar pain brains health-and-medicine cocaine

Compound offers complete pain relief in mice

A new compound that offers targeted treatment provided complete pain relief when tested in mice, researchers report.

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: pain opioids health-and-medicine nerves

What is a brain freeze?

Have you ever felt a piercing pain in your head when you eat something cold?

Tyler Daniel Anderson-Sieg, Doctoral Student in Biomedical Sciences, University of South Carolina • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: brain pain blood curious-kids curious-kids-us cold oxygen ice-cream blood-vessels

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