Tuesday, July 17, 2007

"Pain Distracts The Brain" - Medical News today articles adapted from "Neuron" press release.

"Medical News Today" which you'll find by scrolling down the left of this blog has a great article about something we all knew "pain distracts the brain". In fact in their words pain "compellingly commands attention". It is this aspect of pain which has served to protect us an ensure man's survival.

Ulrike Bingel and colleagues at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf published their discovery in the journal Neuron, published by Cell Press.

They used a technique in which MRI technology is used to register blood flow across regions of the brain indicating brain activity. Researchers noted that when performing to a visual task whilst enduring pain there was a "parallel impairment of accuracy in subjects' recognition of the images". Thus they know for sure that the "pain distracts the brain".

The researchers include U. Bingel, M. Rose, J. Glascher, and C. Buchel of University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. This work was supported by grants from Volkswagenstiftung, DFG and BMBF, and the EFIC Grenenthal grant 2006.

Bingel et al.: "fMRI Reveals How Pain Modulates Visual Object Processing in the Ventral Visual Stream." Publishing in Neuron 55, 157-167, July 5, 2007. DOI 10.1016/j.neuron.2007.05.032. http://www.neuron.org/.

Go to the left of this blog and scroll down to the last section "Medical News Today" and then scroll down to the article "Pain Distracts the Brain" and click on the link.

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