A New Drug Could End Chronic Pain Forever

Treating pain is a tricky business—especially when it comes to the chronic, perpetually debilitating type. For things like back injuries, osteoarthritis, and bone cancer, you're really only left with two options: deal with the often dangerous, unpredictable side-effects of prescription painkillers or suffer through… » 6/20/13 2:20pm 6/20/13 2:20pm

Happiness Is a Warm Transcranial Direct Current Electrode

The human brain is capable of producing a staggering variety of hormones to regulate everything from appetite to pain resistance. Among the most potent of these neuromodulatory lipids is endogenous μ-opioid, a pain-killing chemical on par with morphine but produced naturally, in minute amounts, by our motor cortices.… » 1/03/13 1:10pm 1/03/13 1:10pm

Snake Venom Might Actually Be a Better Painkiller Than Morphine

Morphine—glorious, glorious morphine—is among the world's most potent painkillers, able to make you forget about that broken leg or split open skull. But what if something that generally causes death could be transformed into something that aided the body in recovery? Scientists believe they've discovered the element… » 10/04/12 11:40am 10/04/12 11:40am