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Natural Painkillers in your Saliva

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Recently, a study showed that there is a natural painkiller in your saliva called opiorphin. This painkiller can be up to six times more powerful than morphine, which is a synthetic painkiller with many side effects. Scientists originally found out about opiorphin when studying rats. The scientists found out that the rats had a natural painkiller called sialorphin and wondered if humans had something similar. Then they tested human saliva and found that we do. Sandy Mcknight was a former associate director of the Parke-Davis Neuroscience Research Centre in Cambridge, UK. He says that the painkiller has been tested but has not been used in a clinical trial. He also stated that have side effects that are not known. So the next time you get a cut, ask your mother to kiss your cut for you.

 

For more information, go to: http://www.nature.com/news/2006/061113/full/news061113-4.html

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Madison Grube, Contributor

Madison Grube is in the 8th grade this year. She has attended Saint Philip the Apostle School for 9 years now. She enjoys writing, drawing, reading, and hanging out with friends. She enjoys writing about book reviews, pets, current events, and traveling. This will be her second year on the Falcon’s Flyer staff.

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  1. Cecilia Kvochak on October 8th, 2017 4:16 pm

    Cool! Good Job Maddie!

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