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“Neuropathic pain – which affects more than 1 million Americans – could be reduced or even eliminated by targeting brain cells that are supposed to provide immunity but, in some instances, do the opposite, causing chronic pain that could last a lifetime.

In new research, published in both Nature Communications and Cell Reports, Wu and his team discovered that chronic neuropathic pain – caused by nerve damage as a result of an injury, surgery or a debilitating disease like diabetes or cancer – could be greatly reduced in animals if the injury was treated by targeting microglia within a few days.”

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