London: Researchers are planning to create a wonderpill to tackle chronic pain, which gives major new hope to the eight million people who are blighted by the agonising condition.The breakthrough could revolutionise the lives of sufferers, many of whom cannot have their pain controlled by current medicines.It is hoped that clinical trials of a new drug will start in as little as three years` time, with hopes it could be widely available for use by 2017.Drugs available at present only help 40 percent of patients struck by crippling pain, leaving the rest in daily agony.A British team of experts have now identified novel compounds to help treat chronic pain without unwanted sedative side-effects.They hope to create an easy-to-take pill which could block the pain signals.Scientists at the University of Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital have been awarded a 1.4-million-pound grant to design a new drug for chronic pain.The research team is examining compounds which target the glycine receptor – one of the main receptors in the central nervous system – which is crucial in the sensation of chronic pain.
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