UVa Researchers Investigating New Way to Treat Diabetic Nerve Pain

August 8, 2013

Researchers at the University of Virginia think they may have found a way to alleviate pain for people who have diabetic neuropathy.

Scientists say the substance, Neuraminidase, is naturally occurring in the human body.

When researchers tested the substance on the nerves of mice, it helped eliminate some of the nerve pain that occurs with diabetes.

They say it is even better than current medications.

"We strongly believe that this substance, a naturally occurring substance, can alleviate pain in diabetic patients that occurs with a light touch, with cold or with warm," says Professor of Anesthesiology Slobo Todorovic. "And that is very difficult to treat with current medications."

Researchers say Neuraminidase is also not addicting, and will not make you tired like other pain killers.

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