Spinal cord neurons that control pain and itch

19 marzo 2015

The spinal cord transmits pain signals to the brain, where they are consciously perceived. But not all the impulses arrive at their destination: Certain neurons act as checkpoints and determine whether a pain signal is relayed or not. Researchers have identified these neurons and their connections. Moreover, they developed means to specifically activate these neurons, which reduces not only pain — but astonishingly also alleviates itch.