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How do pain relievers work? - George Zaidan

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Some people take aspirin or ibuprofen to treat everyday aches and pains, but how exactly do the different classes of pain relievers work? Learn about the basic physiology of how humans experience pain, and the mechanics of the medicines we've invented to block or circumvent that discomfort.

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All those different brands, varieties, and strengths filling the shelves at the drugstore can give anyone a headache! While there may be a hundred different colored boxes and bottles on the shelf, Alice (of Go Ask Alice fame) explains the four basic types of non-prescription pain-relievers.

One of the most strangest types of pain comes from hitting your “funny bone.” Mentalfloss writes that the "funny bone" is neither funny (when you whack it on the edge of a piece of furniture), nor a bone (whether you whack it or not). Where'd the name come from, and why is it so painful? Click here.

What happens when you can’t feel pain? http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/human-biology/cipa.htm
Is pain all in your mind? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3NmTE-fJSo

The Human Nervous System (Chapter 30) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780125476263#ancS1

The Induction of Pain http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9987804

George Zaidan's other TED-Ed lesson: How do cancer cells grow? How does chemotherapy fight cancer (and cause negative side effects)? The answers lie in cell division. George Zaidan explains how rapid cell division is cancer’s "strength" -- and also its weakness. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-do-cancer-cells-behave-differently-from-healthy-ones-george-zaidan
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