There may be a scientific breakthrough that will change the way that doctors treat pain.
Researchers at Duke University have developed highly specialized antibodies that can dull the pain response by acting directly on neurons.
In studies with mice, the researchers found that the treatment was effective and didn’t produce any obvious side effects. This new drug could possibly eliminate the need for opiates that can be highly addictive. Duke is pursuing additional funding to patent the antibody and begin clinical trials for future pharmaceutical use in humans.