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Brain’s ‘pain map’ pinpoints where it hurts

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Scientists have unlocked details of the brain’s “pain map” for the hand, and say the findings may shed light on the processes at work in chronic pain.

“The results reveal that pain can be finely mapped in the brain,” says lead author Flavia Mancini of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. “While many studies have examined the brain response to pain before, our study is the first to map pain responses for the individual digits of the human hand.”

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