Can cold sensitivity show way to better pain meds?

02/13/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A study in the Journal of Neuroscience found that deactivating specific neurons made mice insensitive to very cold temperatures but not heat or pain, a finding that could lead to better-targeted pain treatments. University of Southern California researcher David McKemy said current pain drugs either reduce inflammation or knock out all feeling, so narrowing in on specific sensations at the molecular level could help bring greater precision to treating pain.

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