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New Mechanism for Touch-Evoked Itch Found in Mice
A previously overlooked protein is important to this type of itch, an insight that could aid the development of new treatments.
New Mechanism for Touch-Evoked Itch Found in Mice
New Mechanism for Touch-Evoked Itch Found in Mice

A previously overlooked protein is important to this type of itch, an insight that could aid the development of new treatments.

A previously overlooked protein is important to this type of itch, an insight that could aid the development of new treatments.

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David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research on the ion channels involved in perceiving heat, cold, pain, and touch.
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How One Neuron Regulates Two Separate Behaviors
Ruth Williams | Nov 14, 2019 | 3 min read
A major sensory neuron in roundworms distinguishes proprioception from harmful touch by sending out local or whole-cell signals, respectively.
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Special Schwann Cells in Mice Play Unsung Role in Pain
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Image of the Day: Itch to Scratch
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 17, 2019 | 1 min read
Blocking a key receptor in itch-detecting neurons could quell chronic conditions.
When Normal Touch Becomes Painful, the Same Neurons Are Involved
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In a condition called mechanical allodynia, when everyday activities exact misery, the same neurons that ordinarily transmit normal touch are involved in feelings of pain.
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Pain and Itch Neurons Found
Kerry Grens | Mar 31, 2015 | 1 min read
Inhibitory nerve cells in the spinal cord stop the transmission of pain and itch signals in mice.
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