New and effective pain medications may be exciting news to the medical community and the people who need relief, but perhaps similarly important is the development of medical equipment that can help researchers make those next discoveries.
In one such example, scientists recently developed a new way to take X-ray images of receptors that can be responsible for pain. Their technique involves short pulses of a higher-intensity X-ray laser which produce an image of the undamaged molecules.
Their goal was to be able to better determine how the binding of molecules to pain receptors works in order to research better treatments. While existing medications may be effective for pain relief, many people develop a tolerance and can ultimately become addicted. Scientists are looking for options that effectively targets receptors without the negative consequences.
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