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歐洲科學家發現慢性疼痛基因
Posted on Wednesday, November 23 @ 16:36:53 CST by ming

根據最新一期《科學(Science)》的期刊報導,來自西班牙和英國的科學家,發現一種控制人體慢性疼痛的基因。這項隸屬於歐盟第七期科研架構計畫(FP7)居里夫人行動(Marie Curie Actions)的研究計畫,將有助於人類研發治療慢性疼痛的新藥物。

根據調查,在英國大約有七分之一的民眾深受慢性或長期疼痛所苦。最常見的疾病為關節炎、腰痛與頭痛。專家表示,常見的慢性疼痛分為兩類:發炎性疼痛與神經性疼痛。發炎性疼痛通常源自持久性的傷害,例如:關節炎或燒燙傷。此一類型的傷害造成神經末梢變為對刺激極度敏感,因此患者常常感到非常疼痛。

另一方面,神經性疼痛更為棘手。當神經受損時,將產生持續性疼痛,患者也將變得非常敏感,即使是最輕微的刺激。神經性疼痛不僅難以治療,通常會演變為終身問題,對日常生活造成嚴重影響。舉例來說,在歐美與日本有高達370萬人被診斷出罹患糖尿病。糖尿病患者通常苦於神經性疼痛;而癌症、帶狀皰疹與下背部疼痛等疾病,也常伴隨著神經性疼痛。...(詳全文)



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