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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.
06 December 2016
Eating a handful of nuts every day can help reduce your chances of suffering heart disease and other serious illnesses, scientists have claimed.
03 December 2016
Thousands of Britons could be heading off on snow-sports holidays without appropriate travel insurance cover, it has been warned.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.