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How much pain anyone feels is difficult to measure because it's down to the individual. But what if there was something in the blood that could be measured?

Researchers at Indiana University, US, have tracked pain biomarkers in the blood that can measure how severe a patient's pain is. The test, the first of its kind, would allow physicians more accuracy to treat pain. In the similar way that glucose serves as a biomarker for diabetes, these biomarkers would allow doctors to assess the severity of the pain the patient is feeling, and choose the most effective treatment.

In addition to providing an objective measure of pain, the test helps physicians match biomarkers in the patient's blood with different treatments.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 15, 2019
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