Cornelius named Showman Professor

Lynn A. Cornelius, MD, chief of the Division of Dermatology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named the Winfred A. and Emma R. Showman Professor…

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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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Researchers identify itch-specific neurons in mice

Historically, many scientists have regarded itching as just a less intense version of pain. They have spent decades searching for itch-specific nerve cells to explain how the brain perceives…

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