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11 July 2011 10:01
Scientists have identified a 'sunburn protein' that could lead to new pain treatments
Scientists hope to develop new effective pain treatments after having discovered a molecule that controls sensitivity to pain from sunburn.
Suffering serious sunburn on while abroad, can lead to holidaymakers having to turn to their
medical travel insurance to help with the effects.
The molecule called CXCL5, responsible for triggering the inflammatory pain of sunburn caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation, could treat other conditions like arthritis.
CXCL5, which is is part of a family of proteins known as chemokines, recruits inflammatory "macrophage" immune cells to injured tissue, triggering tenderness and pain.
A study of volunteers who were exposed to UV radiation to produce small patches of sunburn on their skin revealed the way the protein is associated to the sunburn and subsequent inflammation. Over a period of two days the patches became extremely tender.
Researchers found high levels of CXCL5 when they tested the samples of the skin to find known pain molecules.
21 April 2017
Want to lower your risk of suffering cancer or heart disease? Then get on your bike.
20 April 2017
Researchers have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the way in which breast cancer grows and spreads.
19 April 2017
Budget airline easyJet has apologised over an incident in which two passengers were ordered to leave an overbooked flight.
14 April 2017
Holidays have topped the priority lists of people approaching retirement, with close to two thirds (64%) aiming to go on more trips once they leave the world of work behind.
13 April 2017
A major bank has outlined plans to become more "dementia-friendly".
12 April 2017
Restrictions should be put in place to curb the drinking of alcohol before early-morning flights, a House of Lords committee has suggested.
11 April 2017
Drivers heading to airports and ferry ports this bank holiday weekend have been told to expect heavy traffic.
People who are beginning to notice signs of grey hair have more to worry about than their image.
07 April 2017
Women who live in built-up areas could face a higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new report.
06 April 2017
It's well known that oily fish like mackerel is good for the heart and the brain but experts are now considering whether it can also help people with diabetes.
05 April 2017
The UK could face a "damaging" drop in flights if an aviation deal can't be sorted quickly in the Brexit negotiations, a travel trade group has warned.
04 April 2017
BBC broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire has revealed that losing her hair while undergoing chemotherapy was the "worst bit about cancer treatment".