Why scratching makes you itch more?

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New study uncovers a novel mechanism that maintains histaminergic itch.

In a new study, Chen’s lab has identified NMBR as a novel itch receptor for mediating histaminergic itch in the spinal cord.  Using a combination of pharmacological, behavioral and genetic…

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New York Times Features Innovative Research at CSI

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Drs. Zhou-Feng Chen and Lynn Cornelius, talk about chronic itch as an unmet need and the clinical implication of the…

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New study questions the existence of the BNP-NPRA-GRP-GRPR dedicated neuronal pathway for itch

A new study from Dr. Zhou-Feng Chen's laboratory shows that the BNP-NPRA signaling does not function upstream of the GRP-GRPR pathway. A NIH team recently proposed that B-type natriuretic peptide…

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Scientists unravel mechanisms in chronic itching

Anyone who has suffered through sleepless nights due to uncontrollable itching knows that not all itching is the same. New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis…

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Questions for the Itch Doctor

NAME: Zhou-Feng Chen
TITLE: Director, Center for the Study of Itch at the Washington University School of Medicine
LOCATION: St. Louis, Mo.

Why do we need…

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Researchers block morphine’s itchy side effect

Itching is one of the most prevalent side effects of powerful, pain-killing drugs like morphine, oxycodone and other opioids. The opiate-associated itch is so common that even women who get…

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Center for the Study of Itch opens

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has launched its new Center for the Study of Itch, believed to be the world’s first multidisciplinary program designed solely to understand…

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