Tulane researchers develop new alternative to morphine - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

Tulane researchers develop new alternative to morphine

Tulane University (source: tulane.edu) Tulane University (source: tulane.edu)
(WVUE) -

A new painkiller as strong as morphine but without the addictive properties or side effects of the drug has been developed by researchers from Tulane University and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System.

Morphine, an opium-based drug, is well-known for its ability to treat chronic pain. However, opioid-based drug abuse results in thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S. every year, notes the Tulane researchers.

Using rats, scientists tested their variant of the neurochemical endomorphin, which produced longer pain relief without some of the typical side effects of morphine, such as slowed breathing and impairment of motor coordination.

In addition, the new drug produced far less tolerance than morphine does.

Researchers conducted their tests on rats. They hope to begin human trials in two years.

The results of their tests can be found in the journal Neuropharmacology.

To read more about their research, click here.

Copyright 2016 WVUE. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Kenner Mayor dismantles Kenner Housing Authority Board, demands resignation from executive director

    Kenner Mayor dismantles Kenner Housing Authority Board, demands resignation from executive director

    (Source: FOX 8 photo)(Source: FOX 8 photo)

    Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn completely removed all members of the Kenner Housing Authority Board and calls for the immediate resignation of Executive Director Marc Starling.

    more>>

    Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn completely removed all members of the Kenner Housing Authority Board and calls for the immediate resignation of Executive Director Marc Starling.

    more>>
  • Citizens demand Mayor Landrieu to resign

    Citizens demand Mayor Landrieu to resign

    Source: FOX 8Source: FOX 8

    Citizens groups that are normally on the opposite sides of many issues in New Orleans are now joining forces. They say this time, they all agree.

    more>>

    Citizens groups that are normally on the opposite sides of many issues in New Orleans are now joining forces. They say this time, they all agree.

    more>>
  • Voter registration week set for August 21-25

    Voter registration week set for August 21-25

    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Louisiana is urging all eligible citizens to register to vote. Voter registration week kicks off on Monday, August 21. 

    more>>

    Louisiana is urging all eligible citizens to register to vote. Voter registration week kicks off on Monday, August 21. 

    more>>
Powered by Frankly