Saturday, September 22, 2007

Knowledge of old memory traces of pain leads to possible new treatment for sufferers of chronic pain.

A. Vania Apkarian, PhD, professor of physiology and of anesthesiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine has identified an old memory trace in the prefrontal cortex as a source of chronic pain. This new understanding of the pain source has given rise to new possibilities of treatment targeting the specific problem area. Treatments will be aimed at reducing the suffering.

Interestingly Professsor Apkarian also discovered that you can tell how long a person has been suffering chronic pain using and MRI.

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