This Treatment Could Alleviate Chronic Pain Without Opioid Medications

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have been working on a new way to treat chronic pain — and it just might help curb the rampant abuse of opioid medicines prescribed for pain management. Using a wireless device, the researchers demonstrated in lab rats how electrically stimulating an area hidden deep in the brain could relieve long-term pain. The method could offer a new way to alleviate chronic pain without the negative side effects of opioid medications, said Dr. Yuan Bo Peng, a psychology professor at the university and a corresponding author of the new research. Each day, more than 40 Americans

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