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UC study may help treat diabetes, fibromyalgia

That old saying, "you hit a nerve" may have to go out the proverbial window.

A researcher at the University of Cincinnati has proved something called Merkel cells are what actually allow us to sense touch.

Pain researcher Jianguo Gu made the discovery by studying hair follicles in rat whiskers.

The results could help doctors treat or prevent diabetes, fibromyalgia and certain pathological conditions.

The study's findings are published in the April 15 edition of the scientific journal, Cell.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.