Melatonin may be used to ease pain from chemotherapy
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,