Published in Drug Week, November 25th, 2005
"Morphine has been an optimal choice for cancer pain management. However, several recent studies suggested that morphine induces apoptosis in human peripheral blood lymphocytes PBLs, raising a serious concern about the use of opioid-based analgesic strategies," reported scientists in Japan.
"In this study, therefore, we aimed to evaluate whether morphine induced apoptosis in cultured human PBLs. Apoptotic events were assessed by flow-cytometrical detection of surface phosphatidylserine and nuclear...
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