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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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Article Information

Title: Pain of sunburn clue
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 19030
Date Added: 7th Jul 2011

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BBC News
New Scientist
The Telegraph
Arthritis Research UK

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