Pain is its own reward

John johnhkm at netsprintXXXX.net.au
Thu Aug 26 22:16:55 EST 1999


PAIN, ITSELF, ELICITS PAIN RELIEF, AND DOES SO
THROUGH "REWARD" PATHWAY

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"In their study, published in the August 15 issue of Journal of
Neuroscience,
the investigators determined that, at its maximum, the pain relief was as
potent as a high dose of morphine.

While various individual structures in the brain have been known to produce
analgesia, or pain relief, when electrically stimulated or exposed to
narcotic
painkillers, the finding provides the first physiological evidence that pain
itself elicits analgesia."

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http://www.ucsf.edu/pressrel/pr0899/081301.html
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