Gene therapy repairs spinal discs to relieve back pain

It feels like back pain comes for many of us at some point in our lives, and it’s tricky to treat. A new gene therapy, which repairs damaged discs and reduces pain, has shown promise in mouse tests.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Back P… Continue reading Gene therapy repairs spinal discs to relieve back pain

Simple oral spray prevents UTIs for up to nine years

An oral spray vaccine against recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) prevented the condition from returning for up to nine years in more than half of study participants, new research has shown. It offers a safe, effective method of UTI prevention an… Continue reading Simple oral spray prevents UTIs for up to nine years

Existing jab offers “ray of hope” for preventing rheumatoid arthritis

Abatacept has had a significant impact in preventing or delaying the onset of arthritis for those most at risk

A drug currently used as a second- or third-line treatment for those with rheumatoid arthritis has shown huge promise as a preventative, stopping the onset of the debilitating disease in 92.8% of at-risk participants after 12 months.

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Researchers discover an effective non-opioid treatment for nerve pain

Researchers have discovered a non-opioid compound that, in mice, effectively reduced the pain hypersensitivity associated with chronic and often debilitating nerve pain caused by diabetes or chemotherapy drugs. It’s opened the door to developing a drug… Continue reading Researchers discover an effective non-opioid treatment for nerve pain

Sleepy cells and insect stings: The pain discoveries of 2023

Throughout 2023, researchers have looked at pain, especially chronic pain, and its molecular mechanisms, in an effort to find new, targeted ways to effectively resolve the complex condition. We present this year’s top discoveries in pain research.Conti… Continue reading Sleepy cells and insect stings: The pain discoveries of 2023

Adult chronic pain 45% more likely after childhood trauma, study finds

New research has found that exposure to childhood trauma increases the likelihood of experiencing chronic pain, such as back and neck pain, in adulthood. The risk increased significantly with exposure to multiple adverse childhood experiences, highligh… Continue reading Adult chronic pain 45% more likely after childhood trauma, study finds

Landmark study uncovers new set of cells behind back pain

In big news for the millions who suffer from chronic lower back pain, scientists have made a potentially huge breakthrough in understanding its cause at a microscopic level.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Cedars-Sinai, Back Pain, Pain, … Continue reading Landmark study uncovers new set of cells behind back pain

Pain-blocking parasite points to non-opioid painkillers

Around one million people every year suffer from a parasitic condition known as cutaneous leishmaniasis. Spread by sandfly bites, the parasite causes nasty skin ulcerations but for many people the wounds are unexpectedly pain-free. For decades scientis… Continue reading Pain-blocking parasite points to non-opioid painkillers