chronic pain

Newly discovered pathway for pain processing could lead to new treatments

Published: 8Aug2017

The discovery of a new biological pathway involved in pain processing offers hope of using existing cancer drugs to replace the use of opioids in chronic pain treatment, according to scientists at...

Brighter prospects for chronic pain

Published: 20Apr2016

Researchers use optogenetics to produce pain relief by shutting off neurons with light...

Chronic pain changes our immune systems

Published: 28Jan2016

By Cynthia LeeNewsroom Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by McGill University researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports.  

American Placebo

Published: 6Oct2015

A new study finds that rising placebo responses may play a part in the increasingly high failure rate for clinical trials of drugs designed to control chronic pain caused by nerve damage.

How insulin calms brain activity

Published: 30Jun2015

Insulin has long been known as the hormone which controls the body’s sugar levels: humans who lack or are insensitive to insulin develop diabetes. Although insulin is also made and released in the...

New hope in the fight against pain

Published: 17Feb2015

An international study led by scientists at McGill University reports, for the first time, that drugs that selectively target the melatonin MT2 receptor represent a novel class of analgesic drugs...

Pain curbs sex drive in female mice, but not in males

Published: 22Apr2014

“Not tonight, dear, I have a headache.” Generally speaking, that line is attributed to the wife in a couple, implying that women’s sexual desire is more affected by pain than men’s.