Fighting off pain with resolvins

Pain caused by chronic inflammation is a serious health problem. But the currently available analgesic drugs cause major side effects when taken long term. A new study points to a class of molecules, resolvins, which not only provide analgesia and are well tolerated but may also reduce inflammation (pages 592–597).

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Figure 1: Resolvins alleviate pain caused by inflammation, as well as the inflammation itself.

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Sommer, C., Birklein, F. Fighting off pain with resolvins. Nat Med 16, 518–520 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/nm0510-518

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