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Scientists Find A Reason For Itching

Scientists Find A Reason For Itching

Scientists in the USA have found a type of nerve cell may be the reason we itch. The team from Washington University suggested itchiness was from specific cells. They also believe itching is not a minor form of pain. For decades, many in the medical community have put itching in the pain category. The researchers said they think itching is a completely different and unique sensation (感覚). Their decades-long research was on mice. It focused on how the brain reacted to itching and pain. They discovered an “itch gene”, called GRPR. The mice were injected with a chemical to kill this gene. The rodents (齧歯動物) were still able to feel pain, suggesting the two feelings are different.

The new research has great potential for cures and treatments of itches and itching-related diseases. There are over 50 illnesses in which itching leads to a poor quality of life. In some cases, the itching can be unbearable for the sufferer. Severe itching can lead to excessive scratching, which results in bleeding and infection (感染). Lead researcher Dr. Zhou Feng Chen said: "This finding has very important therapeutic implications. We have shown that particular neurons (神経細胞) are critical for the itching sensation but not for pain….[These] can be explored or identified as targets for future treatment or management of chronic (慢性的な) itching." He said cures for humans are still many years away.

かゆさに対する研究ですか。
世の中にはマニアックな研究をする方がいるのですね・・・・
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-08-28 14:34 | 英語関連