Endorphins perform several functions, but their best-known one is acting as a painkiller and a reward, causing a feeling of euphoria. Endorphins lock onto cells called opioid receptors, blocking the transmission of pain signals. Everyone has different triggers for endorphins, but common stimuli are pain, food and sex.
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Is there a cure for mental retardation?
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Since mental retardation, or MR/ID, has a variety of causes, there is no standard cure for the condition. By identifying the cause for your child's condition, doctors can better develop treatment plans. Certain symptoms, such as late developing social or motor skills, may be "cured" by therapy, medication, or learning support systems. Children with mild mental retardation may become high functioning and self sufficient adults. Proper care throughout childhood increases one's ability to reach their highest possible level of function.
What is neuropathy caused by chemotherapy?
Neuropathy from damaged nerves is a side effect of some chemotherapy medicines. It also may be called peripheral neuropathy.
People who are having chemotherapy may notice pain and loss of feeling in their fingers and toes. As the neuropathy gets worse, it moves into their hands and feet and up into their arms and legs.
Neuropathy may cause tingling, burning, numbness, or weakness in the hands or feet. Or it may feel like a sharp stabbing pain. It can cause problems with balance and difficulty walking. It may make the person more or less sensitive to heat and cold.
While getting chemotherapy, a person who has symptoms of neuropathy should tell his or her doctor right away. Sometimes the dosage of medicines used in chemotherapy can be lowered, or different medicines can be used. This may avoid further nerve damage.
After chemotherapy, symptoms of neuropathy often go away with time. It may take as much as a year or more. But some of the nerve damage may be permanent.
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