A study reported online in the Annals of Neurology suggests that a derivative of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a main ingredient of fish oil supplements, can sooth and prevent chronic neuropathic pain associated with post- surgical nerve trauma. The findings, from a study of laboratory mice, indicated that the compound NPD1=PD1 produced both analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, and at very low doses that did not induce physical dependence or drug tolerance. A study researcher stated their hope to initiate clinical trials of the compound with the ultimate goal of developing a safer approach to management of this pain condition. Read a news story about the study, with link to the study abstract, here.
Posted on July 18, 2013