Stress Sensors-Same For Rats And Humans

Stress Sensors-Same For Rats And Humans

Ok, let’s talk biology for a minute. Chronic pain, stress, immune system, mood and emotions are all controlled by the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal pathway otherwise known as the HPA Axis. The adrenal glands, in particular, are responsible for releasing cortisol into the blood stream in times of stress. Long term stress and higher cortisol levels can lead […]

Pain Mechanism Shown to be Different in Male and Female Mice

Pain Mechanism Shown to be Different in Male and Female Mice

Men and women react different to many situations, just ask any married couple about how to load the dishwasher, but a new study using mice shows our mechanisms for perceiving pain are vastly different. Cells within the immune system called microglia respond to injury or inflammation via signals to the brain to sensitize the body […]

Duck, Duck, No Goose – Light Touch!

Duck, Duck, No Goose – Light Touch!

Did you know that a duck’s bill is highly sensitive to light touch but far less sensitive to other factors, such as temperature? This makes them an ideal research model over rodents in studies for chronic pain and light touch sensitivity disorders like  mechanical allodynia, where a light touch feels incredibly painful. Scientists are studying […]