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This robotic face will wince if you hit it. How does it process pain?

Sensors embedded in soft, artificial skin that can detect both a gentle touch and a painful thump have been hooked ...
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Viewpoint: Chronic pain sufferers are needlessly ‘stigmatized’ and how we can change that

Millions of people who live with chronic pain experience intense stigma. I view stigma as the combination of difference plus ...
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If pain is subjective, how do we measure it in a meaningful way?

You can’t exactly ask a rat to point to where it hurts ...
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Overreaction? Newly proposed definition of pain could withhold opioids from those who need them most

A new definition of pain is out for comment from the International Association for the Study of Pain, an influential ...
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How CRISPR could help eradicate chronic pain

The street performer was only 10 years old. He put knives through his arms and walked on hot embers. By ...
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Have scientists discovered a new pain-processing organ under our skin?

It’s not common that researchers discover what could be an entirely new part of the human body. But a team ...
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Do men and women feel pain differently? The answer could lead to better treatments for chronic pain

According to the CDC, one fifth of American adults live with chronic pain, and women are affected more than men ...
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Ouch! Here’s how your brain deals with pain and the emotion that follows

“At its core, pain is just something that hurts or makes you say ouch," says Karen Davis, a senior scientist at ...
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An Italian family’s curious insensitivity to pain

Shortly after her sixth birthday, while climbing a pole in a neighbor’s yard in the Tuscan city of Siena, [scientist ...
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Do men and women feel pain differently?

Pain researchers are opening their eyes to the spectrum of responses across sexes. Results are starting to trickle out, and ...
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This woman feels almost no pain. Could her genes lead to new treatment for chronic sufferers?

Doctors in Scotland were amazed when a 66-year-old woman underwent what is normally a very painful operation on her hand ...
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Ouch! Why is pain so much worse for some of us?

Exploring how pain differs from person to person ...
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Men are less tolerant than women when it comes to repeated pain, study shows

A painful experience is not one you are likely to forget—you don’t need to have a trunk slammed onto your ...
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Understanding what happens when routine touching becomes agony

It shouldn’t hurt to put on socks, wash hands, or walk about, but for some people with damaged nerves, certain ...
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Fibromyalgia is a disease that eludes diagnosis: Can artificial intelligence change that?

There’s no tissue damage that explains the pain fibromyalgia patients experience all over their body, and contemporary medicine struggles to ...
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Waaa! How do babies experience pain?

Researchers continue to look for ways to assess the pain experienced by babies. One recent study suggests that babies are ...
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Humans who can’t feel pain pointing way to non-addictive painkillers

Genes linked to pain detection and perception may be physiological targets for new, non-addictive painkillers ...