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Chronic pain is a major public health problem. it affects no fewer than 15 to 20 million French people, and the mechanisms involved are still poorly understood. The question is more complicated because pain is very subjective.

So many unknowns that heighten the interest of Monday’s results Nature Neuroscience. A team at the University of California, San Francisco has succeeded in decoding chronic pain signals in the brains of several patients who have failed all treatments. A breakthrough that allows us to hope for better identification of people most at risk, but also to consider innovative therapies.

Chronic pain, acute pain, nothing to see

The experience took place as part of a clinical trial evaluating personalized therapy for chronic intractable neuropathic pain. The treatment involves stimulating certain deep areas of the brain to “reprogram” them, using electrodes implanted through the skull, connected to…

Source: Le Figaro

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