Owww! The science of pain

Scientists are homing in on how and why people experience this vital sensation

By Kirsten Weir, 10:38 AM June 24, 2014

Imagine a life without pain. No throbbing headaches. No stinging sunburns. No aching joints. If you think that sounds great, think again.

Some people can’t feel pain. They’re born that way. They also tend to die young — unlike, say, people who cannot see or hear, notes Luda Diatchenko. “Pain is much more important for survival,” explains the pain researcher at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Pain protects us. When you touch a hot stove, you recoil in pain. That sensation helps you avoid ...

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