Latest Sensory system Stories

2012-06-12 10:46:57

Researchers in France and Sweden have discovered how one of the body's own proteins is involved in generating chronic pain in rats. The results, which also suggest therapeutic interventions to alleviate long-lasting pain, are reported in The EMBO Journal. Chronic pain is persistent and often difficult to treat. It is due, at least in part, to changes in molecular signalling events that take place in neurons, alterations that can ultimately disrupt the transmission of nerve signals from the...

2012-05-30 11:04:23

Researchers at the RUB and from Durham report Patients who are blind in one side of their visual field benefit from presentation of sounds on the affected side. After passively hearing sounds for an hour, their visual detection of light stimuli in the blind half of their visual field improved significantly. Neural pathways that simultaneously process information from different senses are responsible for this effect. "We have embarked on a whole new therapy approach" says PD Dr....

2012-05-23 19:20:41

A new study finds that transplanting embryonic cells into adult mouse spinal cord can alleviate persistent pain. The research, published by Cell Press in the May 24th issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that reduced pain results from successful integration of the embryonic cells into the host spinal cord. The findings open avenues for clinical strategies aimed not just at treating the symptoms of chronic debilitating pain, but correcting the underlying disease pathology. There are two...

2012-05-18 05:12:21

(Ivanhoe Newswire) —Chewing fresh gum, thinking happy thoughts, taking deep breaths–they´re all ways we try and mentally distract ourselves from pain. New research shows there may be some truth behind these kooky pain-relieving tactics. The research is based on high-resolution spinal fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging). The findings showed as people experienced painful levels of heat, mental distractions actually inhibited the response to incoming pain signals at...

2012-05-18 02:16:22

Mental distractions make pain easier to take, and those pain-relieving effects aren't just in your head, according to a report published online on May 17 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The findings based on high-resolution spinal fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) as people experienced painful levels of heat show that mental distractions actually inhibit the response to incoming pain signals at the earliest stage of central pain processing. "The results...

Expectations, Previous Experiences Influence Perception Of Pain
2012-05-15 11:20:00

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com For many people, pain and needles go hand in hand. They shudder at the thought of going to the dentist or the doctor because of those pointy items. A new study looks at these preconceived notions of pain and needles, looking specifically at how these thoughts can affect a patients´ experience. The project, completed by a group of German researchers, states that past experiences with needle pricks, combined with information received before having an...

Latest Sensory system Reference Libraries

2013-04-30 13:31:11

The ear is an organ from the auditory system that collects sounds, and also balances and enables body position. Formation and Orientation The ear can be broken down into the inner and outer ears. The outer part of the ear is the visible flap (auricle) and ear canal which collects sounds which create pressure that echoes through the middle ear. The inner ear, however, is embedded in the temporal bone. There are hollow areas of the inner ear that are filled with liquids and hair cells...

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