pain

What a Pain: Lesson Plan

Neurons in the body’s nervous system alert the brain when an injury or other instance of acute pain occurs. But when neurons become overly sensitized, chronic pain can result. Researchers are currently studying ways to calm the neural response and ease chronic pain.

What a Pain!

UNC School of Medicine researchers have found a new treatment for chronic pain, which is pain that lasts for months and affects 116 million people. Scientists discovered an enzyme that blocks the reception of pain signals by sensors in the skin. It could lead to safer and more effective pain medications.

Tackling Pain

I was a reporter/photographer at a TV station in West Virginia almost 25 years ago. That means I not only reported the stories, I also shot all of the video for the piece.

One Sunday morning, as I was lifting a camera case into the news car, I felt a sharp twinge in my back. It hurt, a lot. However, I needed to get to the story so I kept going. I covered that story and a couple others. I came back to the station, wrote the newscast, anchored the show, and went home. I took some ibuprofen along the way, but I made it through.