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Apr 11, 2013 12:24 PM by Michael Handler; KSBY News

New way to measure pain

Neurologists may have found a scientific and objective way to measure pain.

Currently, doctors rely on what patients tell them about the pain they are experiencing, on a scale of one to ten.

But a new study from the University of Colorado, Boulder, has found distinct patterns of activity in brain scans of people exposed to varying degrees of heat.

This was only apparent in people who were subjected to physical pain, rather than emotional. The research could someday lead to objective tests and measures for pain management.

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