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Pain of sunburn clue

7th July 2011

Scientists at King’s College London have pinpointed a chemical in the body that triggers pain from sunburn, which they believe could lead to new painkillers.

They hope to be able to knock-out the substance with drugs, helping people who suffer from chronic pain. Tests on volunteers showed CXCL5 is produced when skin is burnt by UV rays from the sun with the findings – published in the journal Science Translational Medicine – showing for the first time the important role of this particular molecule in controlling pain from exposure to UVB irradiation.

 

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