Brain Study Shows Why Fresh Romance Can Ease Pain

By: AP
By: AP

Falling in love can take away all the pain and scientists say they know why.

Love, researchers say, stimulates the brain's reward pathway much like the rush of an addictive drug.

The next question is whether better understanding of the love-pain relationship might somehow help scientists tackle chronic pain. Falling head over heels isn't exactly something a doctor can prescribe.

Study co-author Dr. Sean Mackey of Stanford University says there might be something to "prescribing a little passion" as long as it's all on the up and up.

Scientists say the fact that the brain can generate pain-controlling responses without medications means that they might be artificially triggered if they are better understood.


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