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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.
19 January 2017
Nearly 1,000 people have had their holidays in Gambia cut short amid growing political unrest in the African state.
18 January 2017
Researchers at Cambridge University may have made a breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, according to preliminary findings.
17 January 2017
Stansted Airport has made a bid to become Britain's next hub for long-haul travel, as passengers are promised seamless connection facilities and baggage transfer.
13 January 2017
Long-term goals such as travelling more and visiting new places have come above healthy eating and changing jobs in a list of the top New Year's resolutions.
14 January 2017
Some of the biggest airports in the UK have been forced to cancel flights as snow and blizzard conditions sweep parts of the country.
Stress could be as significant a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as smoking, drinking and overeating, new research shows.
24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.
06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.
05 January 2017
Holidaymakers have been encouraged to make the most of the fact 2017 boasts a pair of bank holiday weekends just two weeks apart.