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07 July 2011

Sunburn offers clues for pain drugs

Scientists found a molecule in the body which controls pain sensitivity from UVB irradiation, or sunburn, which may help them develop new drugs to treat common pain conditions.

Scientists have found a molecule in the body which controls sensitivity to pain from UVB irradiation, or sunburn, and say it may help them develop new drugs to treat pain in other common conditions such as arthritis.

"But this study isn't just about sunburn. More broadly we have identified a mediator that may be important in a variety of different pain states -- particularly those associated with inflammation, and there are lots of those out there, for example in arthritis," he said.

 
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