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Mysterious Itch Cells Found

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#1    Hasina


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:23 PM

Mysterious Itch Cells Found

A mysterious source of itchiness has been found. Certain nerve cells are specialized to detect itchy sensations, and those receptors don't detect painful sensations, according to a new study.
The finding, published Dec. 23 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, helps resolve a long-standing debate over whether itchiness is just a weird form of pain. Additionally, now that they have pinpointed the responsible nerve fibers, researchers could silence those nerves to develop better anti-itch treatments, said Ethan Lerner, a neuroscientist at Harvard University who was not involved in the study.
"This is a very convincing piece of work," Lerner told LiveScience. Scientists "can perhaps target this particular type of nerve as a means of treating itch, but still allow you to experience the protective aspect of pain."

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:46 PM

I thought this was going to be about the mysterious 7 year itch.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:27 PM

I really feel somewhat sorry for those lab mice. Can you imagine if that was you in the lab, being tested on. Yikes!~

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:58 PM

I look forward to the breakthrough, I can throw away my back scratcher, finally.

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