Potential drugs may ease pain but not affect mood

01/15/2014 | Wired.co.uk (U.K.)

Biochemists at Scripps Research Institute are studying two compounds that target the kappa opioid receptor to help develop therapies for pain and addiction without affecting mood. The goal is to activate the receptor without using beta arrestin, which researchers said was linked to the process that can cause mood problems, such as depression, in people taking the pain drugs.

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