Stay Hungry To Relieve Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a common bother to the elderly. Naturally, the feeling of pain is valuable to human being, because without it, we might let our hand linger on a hot stove. But longer-lasting pain significantly lowers quality of daily life.

The brain has a way to suppress chronic pain when an animal is hungry, allowing it to go look for food while leaving intact the response to acute pain. Their work pinpointed a tiny population of 300 brain cells responsible for the ability to prioritize hunger over chronic pain, a group of neurons that may offer targets for novel pain therapies.
This makes sense to wounded animals. When an animal is in pain, it has to overcome the feeling of pain so as to find the nutrients to survive.
The team will publish the study paper soon.



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