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How peppers both produce and prevent pain

Scorching heat, exasperated breathing, and trickles of sweat aren’t necessarily the result of a lengthy stay in a sauna or running on a hot day. They can instead result from a bite of spicy food. The chemical capsaicin causes the spicy sensation that some hate and others love. This compound is primarily found in the… Keep Reading

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How McGill invented pain: 1970s pain scale still used today

Has a doctor ever asked you to rate your pain on a scale from one to ten? Over 40 years ago, McGill University’s Dr. Ronald Melzack and Dr. Warren Torgerson set out to create a quantitative measure for pain—that is, a numerical scale to analyze the condition of patients. “The McGill Pain Questionnaire consists primarily… Keep Reading

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