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Choose your over-the-counter painkiller based on the side effects you want to avoid. Image from shutterstock.com

Health Check: how do you choose over-the-counter painkillers?

If you’re anything like me, your medicine cupboard is chockers with various non-prescription pain remedies: liquids, pills, capsules, children’s painkillers, formulations that are “gentle on the stomach…
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Explainer: why don’t some people feel pain?

For many years physicians and scientists have been studying people with congenital analgesia, a rare genetic disorder that means they don’t feel pain. People with the condition may have a sense of touch…
One in five Australians suffer from chronic pain, which is notoriously difficult to treat. Image from shutterstock.com

Centipede venom could lead to new class of pain drug

A protein found in centipede venom could be developed into a drug to treat chronic pain that is as effective as morphine…
The dizzying range of “targeted” pain-relief options in pharmacies can make your head hurt.

Targeted pain relief or targeted marketing? The truth hurts

A visit to the pharmacy for pain relief can be complicated. As consumers, we are faced with a bewildering choice of pain relief options. But why? Within the Nurofen range we have Nurofen for back pain…
Prescriptions for pain relief are easy to get in the UK but not if you live in certain countries. PA/Julien Behal

Pain-relief access crisis leaves millions suffering around globe

Ten percent of the world consumes 90% of the morphine. At first glance that’s just another statistic about haves and have nots. But it’s more stark than that - particularly if you have cancer in a country…

CBT may help people with diabetes

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may be used to alleviate pain associated with diabetes. Researchers used a randomised…
“There is a dire need for new and more effective drugs to improve the quality of life of people with pain.” sedeer

Black mamba snake venom could hold the key to new pain therapies

One of the world’s most poisonous snakes might hold the key to new pain therapies in its venom. As ironic as that sounds, a protein component in black mamba venom called “mambalgin” has been shown – in…

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