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Researchers find consistent behaviors and brain activity in an international study.

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Sex Differences in Opioid Analgesia: A Complicated Picture

By Catherine Offord | January 1, 2018

Researchers are beginning to tease apart the mechanisms underlying differences in how males and females respond to powerful painkillers.

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Swearing Off Pain

By The Scientist Staff | January 1, 2018

Author Emma Byrne runs down the benefits of cursing, among them an enhanced ability to withstand pain.

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Targeting Sodium Channels for Pain Relief

By Catherine Offord | January 1, 2018

The race to develop analgesic drugs that inhibit sodium channel NaV1.7 is revealing a complex sensory role for the protein.

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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By The Scientist Staff | January 1, 2018

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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image: Why Swearing and Pain Go Hand in Hand

Why Swearing and Pain Go Hand in Hand

By Emma Byrne | January 1, 2018

Screaming obscenities when you stub your toe makes perfect biological sense.

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What Bat Quarrels Tell Us About Vocal Learning

By Katarina Zimmer | January 1, 2018

New research shows humans aren’t that different from our winged cousins.

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image: Frog Skin Yields Potent Painkillers, but None Clinic Ready

Frog Skin Yields Potent Painkillers, but None Clinic Ready

By Shawna Williams | January 1, 2018

Decades after their discovery by bioprospectors, amphibian-derived analgesics continue to attract scientific attention.

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Mining Spider Toxins for Analgesic Clues

By Catherine Offord | January 1, 2018

Arachnids harbor a plentiful array of molecules that target mammalian pain receptors.

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Novel Analgesics at a Snail’s Pace

By Bob Grant | January 1, 2018

Studying cone snail venom has yielded novel pain pathways, but the peptides that function as toxins are difficult to translate into drugs.

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