Love May Help Ease Pain

October 14, 2010 Updated Oct 14, 2010 at 6:54 PM EDT

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October 14, 2010 Updated Oct 14, 2010 at 6:54 PM EDT

(WKBW/BBC) According to songwriters, love hurts, but according to scientists, it may also help ease pain!
Stanford University researchers found that many of the areas of the brain involved in pain response are also activated by thoughts of love.
They gave 15 students mild doses of pain, while showing them photos of their love interest.
The study found that students viewing the picture of their beloved had reduced perceptions of pain.
The study did focused on people early in a romance, so the "drug of love" may wear off.

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