Physicians in the U.S. write more than 250 million prescriptions a year for opioid painkillers — and that’s not including all the painkiller prescriptions written for patients with cancer or acute/chronic pain. That’s enough for every adult in the U.S. to have their own bottle of pills. Meanwhile, every day more than 40 Americans die after overdosing on opioids.
The routine back operation Bob Deslauriers had in 1987 was supposed to fix damage wrought by a rugby-playing youth. Two decades after the fact, it nearly killed him.
The 58-year-old unknowingly received a tainted blood transfusion during the surgery, and 18 years later discovered the resulting hepatitis C infection had virtually destroyed his liver.
The legal battle between a Canadian dating site for married people seeking affairs and a former employee who claimed she was injured typing up fake profiles of women has come to an end.
A lawsuit and countersuit between the Toronto-based Ashley Madison website and Doriana Silva have been dismissed without costs by the Ontario Superior Court.
The parties agreed to the move after the court threatened to dismiss the suits with costs, noting the cases still hadn’t been placed on a trial list more than two years after the initial lawsuit was filed.
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Getty Images/Chip SomodevillaResearchers investigating the role of ion channels in shifting sodium from one sensory nerve to another have identified a drug that can treat people with congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP) - a rare condition that causes them to be physically incapable of feeling pain.
Physical pain is a fairly common occurrence in life, so I suppose everyone walks around figuring it’s a sensation they’re familiar with. But something I learned over this past week is that there was a whole new level of pain far beyond anything I’d previously experienced. In my case, it was caused by a small cyst growing beneath one of my wisdom teeth that was pressing on a nerve in my jaw. And, fortunately, it was easy for an oral surgeon to remove. But it hurt a lot while it lasted, and the experience was terrible.
Scientists are routinely hurting newborn babies and not giving them treatment for the pain, a practice that must stop, says a new Canadian co-authored study that highlights an unusual research-ethics debate.
Most of the trials on pain therapy for babies conducted in the past three years had comparison groups where the tiny patients received a placebo or nothing at all after being poked with needles or lanced, the study found.