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New Pain Relief Eight Times Stronger Than Morphine

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New Pain Relief Eight Times Stronger Than Morphine

Scientists have discovered a ground breaking new treatment for pain that is eight times stronger than morphine.

Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment for pain that is eight times stronger than morphine. The new technique is administered by injection and can combat serious pain for up to three days.

morphine bottle and syringe New Pain Relief Eight Times Stronger Than Morphine

A team at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine discovered the new substance by pinpointing a particular “pain protein” in nerve cells, the team then found a method to convert this pain inducing protein into a substance that can suppresses it.

The substance works by neutralizing the chemical in the body that causes the brain to feel pain, and unlike morphine, the treatments appears to have few side effects

“This protein has the potential to be a groundbreaking treatment for pain,” said lead study author Mark Zylka, assistant professor of cell and molecular physiology at UNC.

“We were really blown away that a simple injection could have such a potent effect on pain. Not only that, but it appeared to work much better than the commonly used drug morphine.”

The study, published in the journal Neuron, showed that when protein prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) was injected into the spines of mice that were in serious pain, the PAP suppressed pain as effectively as morphine and for considerably longer.

One dose of PAP lasted for up to three days, much longer than the five hours gained with a single dose of morphine.

When in distress, nerve cells release a chemical known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP) this is what causes a painful sensation. PAP converts the ATP into ademosine, which suppresses the pain.

“It is entirely possible that PAP itself could be used as a treatment for pain, through an injection just like morphine,” Zylka said.

“But we would like to modify it to be taken in pill form. By taking this field in a new direction, we are encouraged and hopeful that we will be able to devise new treatments for pain.”

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