Pushing Back the Pain Barrier
This week, we explore the problem of persistent pain. We find out how chronic pain is currently treated, and look to our DNA for the genetic clues that could lead to future painkillers. In the news, a new TB vaccination that stands out on it's own, how babies make sense of broken toys, and why flying in a flock may be exhausting for pigeons. Plus, in Question of the Week, Diana asks why we have a spare copy of some organs.
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A new study has shown that a breakthrough vaccine against tuberculosis may be more effective when given alone, rather than alongside other vaccines.
Also in the news this week, 16 month old babies can use limited evidence to decide if they have been given a faulty toy, or are just using the toy incorrectly, according to a study published this week in the journal Science.
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Hi Chris and team,
Has anyone started up a pain database? Can types of pain be related to specific organs or diseases? In hospital they can attach sensors to your head and run off a test. Could they not also do that for pain?
How is Morphine is a painkiller?
Since I smashed my ankle the pain is terrible, I have been put back on
Thank you.......... Adrian
Dear Dr Smith
Could you please advise me as to developments in pain research?
For some 10 years my wife has suffered from chronic daily headache together with periodic migraines [i.e. she has had a permanent severe headache 24/7 for 10 years!].
Are there, for example,...
How does Asprin actually work at relieving pain? How does that differ from Paracetamol, Ibuprophen & Codeine?
I've always wondered if you can "pre-load" with analgesia if you know pain is going to happen?
I was just wondering why we have 2 of some body parts and only one of others. Why do we have 2 kidneys when we can get on perfectly well with just one? And why don't we have 2 hearts when it's so common for the one we have got to go wrong? Could this change in the future as we ev...