Mela­tonin may be used to ease pain from chemo­ther­apy

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The study with rats showed mela­tonin given prior to chemo­ther­apy lim­ited these ef­fect.

How­ever it did not al­le­vi­ate pain when CINP had al­ready de­vel­oped, sug­gest­ing its po­ten­tial ben­e­fits could be as pre­ven­tion rather than as a cure.

Dr Ca­role Torsney from Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh, who co-led the study, said: “CINP can have a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on pa­tients, and may limit chemo­ther­apy doses, with po­ten­tially se­ri­ous con­se­quences.

“These find­ings are very ex­cit­ing.”

Pro­fes­sor He­len Gal­ley, from the In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences at Aberdeen Univer­sity, the other co-leader, said: “These re­sults are promis­ing, es­pe­cially as mela­tonin treat­ment is known to be safe in other con­di­tions.

“How­ever, more work will need to be done.” THREE post-war fe­male artists known for their brightly coloured and strik­ing pat­terns are be­ing cel­e­brated in a new ex­hi­bi­tion.

De­sign­ers Dorothy Smith, Sylvia Chalmers and Mar­garet Ste­wart, whose work re­flects the flour­ish­ing of de­sign af­ter the aus­ter­ity of the the Se­cond World War, will be on show at the Glas­gow School of Art from to­day.

Their work has also been used to make tex­tile prod­ucts, such as cush­ions and wall-hang­ings,

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