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A New System To Measure Pain More Accurately Could Help Fight The Opioid Addiction Crisis

October 29, 2019
by Roberto Molar Candanosa, Northeastern University


Struggling to assess pain based on a zero-to-ten scale is not an uncommon issue when doctors treat patients, especially because the concept of how painful something is can vary from person to person. It’s difficult to put a number on pain at the labor room. It’s difficult at an emergency room. And it’s difficult after checking in for, say, a minor ankle sprain.

Lin, a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Northeastern, is working on a solution to help doctors and patients gauge pain more effectively.

The Intelligent Human-Machine Systems lab she runs at Northeastern has been studying people’s reactions under stimulus involving small (and harmless) amounts of pain, such as dipping their hand in ice cold water.

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  1. Pain might be very difficult to handle when you are dealing with sprains and strains. If pain can be measured by people there can be nothing better than that. It is essential that good quality treatments are taken by people in this regard. Thank you very much for sharing this!
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