Tag Archives: painkillers

Having a romantic partner present can make pain feel worse

The support of a romantic partner is often advised for painful medical procedures, but new research from UCL, King’s College London and the University of Hertfordshire finds that this can actually make the pain feel worse. (more…)

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Within tarantula venom, new hope for safe and novel painkillers found

Screening more than 100 spider toxins, Yale researchers identified a protein from the venom of the Peruvian green velvet tarantula that blunts activity in pain-transmitting neurons. The findings, reported in the March 3 issue of the journal Current Biology, show the new screening method used by the scientists has the potential to search millions of different spider toxins for safe pain-killing drugs and therapies.

The researchers note that they tested the spider toxins on only one of a dozen suspected human pain channels. (more…)

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Switch off Enzyme to Control Chronic Pain, say U of T Researchers

*New drug shows promise for treating chronic pain*

A team of researchers at the University of Toronto has developed a new drug targeted at parts of the brain and spinal cord associated with pain perception, which may more effectively control chronic pain caused by nerve injuries.

In a paper published Jan. 12 in the journal Science Translational Medicine, a team led by Professor Min Zhuo of the Department of Physiology and Centre for the Study of Pain, the Canada Research Chair in Pain and Cognition, showed that a new drug called NB001 produced powerful pain-killing effects in mice and in human neuronal cell lines. (more…)

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