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Canada Medicine Science

Erasing Neuronal Memories May Help Control Chronic Pain 80

Posted by Soulskill
from the men-in-black-with-medical-degrees dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A team of researchers led by McGill neuroscientist Terence Coderre, who is also affiliated with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, has found the key to understanding how memories of pain are stored in the brain. More importantly, the researchers are also able to suggest how these memories can be erased, making it possible to ease chronic pain."
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Erasing Neuronal Memories May Help Control Chronic Pain

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  • Pain (Score:4, Insightful)

    by DaMattster (977781) on Tuesday February 14, 2012 @08:19PM (#39040161)
    Pain is probably one of the most mysterious things the body experiences. Recent studies have shown that the distinctions between physical and emotional pain are often blurred because emotional pain can become physical pain. Emotional pain can create real, actual physical ailments and this is why there is great emphasis in studying depression in humans. Current thinking that depression causes undue cardiovascular stress and can possibly accelerate alzheimers and have other deleterious effects on the brain. Depression can cause pain. This study is exciting because it just might cure depression versus just using medicines to mitigate it.
  • Re:Dianetics (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 14, 2012 @08:30PM (#39040259)

    L. Ron Hubbard was right about starting a religion in order to get rich.

  • Re:Dianetics (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Jay L (74152) <jay+slash.jay@fm> on Tuesday February 14, 2012 @09:31PM (#39040729) Homepage

    So was L. Ron Hubbard right about "engrams" causing PTSD?

    Page 194.


  • Re:Dianetics (Score:4, Insightful)

    by sjames (1099) on Wednesday February 15, 2012 @12:51AM (#39041711) Homepage

    There's a lot of almost right in Dianetics, that was part of Hubbard's strategy. Combine that with some over-simplifications, magic thinking and space aliens and there you have it.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.