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Pain and Aspirin

The Open University

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This interactive course from The Open University explains the chemical pathways through which pain functions in the body, and how aspirin works to inhibit the pain response.

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Pain and Aspirin

Pain and Aspirin

by The Open University

Overview

Pain is an important way that our bodies signal that something is wrong, yet no one wants to be in pain when they are ill or injured. Pain relief has become a crucial part of modern medicine.

In this course from The Open University, we'll discover the biological mechanisms responsible for the sensation of pain and how drugs like aspirin can reduce pain levels. By learning how enzymes function in the body and how chemical messengers interact with these enzymes, you can begin to understand how pain is generated, and how it can be inhibited.

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Prostaglandins (there are several related types) are responsible for a lot of physiological events in addition to the start of the pain signal at the nerve ending. For example, they are responsible for inflammation, fever and the clotting of platelets in the blood.

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