Close neurological ties between reward-processing and pain-processing regions in the brain may allow love to provide effective pain relief (Image: Chris Rorden, rendered with MRIcroGL)
As science continues to unravel the mysteries of ourselves and the world around us at a furious pace, it can sometimes feel like the boffins are proving things that many of us feel we already know or take for granted. This interesting example comes from the Stanford University School of Medicine, where scientists have found that intense feelings of love are as effective at relieving pain as painkillers or even illicit drugs.
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