From the vault: No pain, no gain

There may be no pleasure without pain, but this week, Cosmos takes pleasure in bringing you some articles from the vault about the aches that afflict us all.

Gene responsible for pain discovered

A boy naturally immune to pain holds the key to a new generation of smarter anaesthetics. Read more

Caffeine reduces post-workout pain

Caffeine may help reduce the post-workout soreness that discourages some people from exercising. Read more

Social rejection and physical pain are linked

Social rejection and actual physical pain ‘hurt’ in the same way, scientists report, having identified the shared neurons that are activated in response to the very different types of negative experience. Read more

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