Monday, March 26, 2007

Sound Medicine: Solving the Mystery of Pain (click at top right to listen to audio)

Solving the Mystery of Pain

Air date: February 25, 2007

Hosts: Barbara Lewis, David Crabb, MD

Interview: Ted Cummins, PhD
Indiana University School of Medicine

On a recent episode of "Gray's Anatomy," doctors puzzled over a young patient who could feel no pain.

This is a real condition.

Researchers have now isolated the gene involved in this rare disorder -- a discovery that could help scientists learn more about pain and one day lead to better pain killers and other medications.

Dr. David Crabb, Sound Medicine's expert on internal medicine, interviews Ted Cummins, a neuroscientist at the IU School of Medicine, about what causes pain -- and what can happen when someone doesn't feel it.

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