Epidurals deliver nerve-blocking drugs into the back for pain relief during labour and after surgeries. Epidural kits are currently in short supply, with their use prioritised for obstetric patients.
We researched how much difference opioids like codeine, oxycodone or morphine make to osteoarthritis pain. We found they helped about as much as paracetamol. Yet they are far more dangerous.
Exercise spurs the release of the body’s natural cannabinoids, which have myriad benefits for mental health and stress relief.
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A growing body of research points to the body’s natural cannabinoid system as the primary driver behind the runner’s high – and the mental health boost and stress relief following exercise.
Our spines are designed to move.
If the pandemic made your back feel more sore than usual, moving more everyday may be important to help improve it.
A panel of experts has urged caution regarding paracetamol during pregnancy. But that doesn’t change current advice to discuss pain relief with your doctor or pharmacist.
One potential way to make opioids less addictive is to make them target injured tissue rather than the healthy brain.
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While the COVID-19 pandemic raged on, the opioid epidemic got worse as drug overdose deaths soared. New research proposes a way to chemically modify opioids to reduce the risk of addiction.
Getting a referral to palliative care can be a complicated process.
Palliative care is about living well and meeting patients’ goals, but referral can be more complex than access to medical assistance in dying (MAID). Palliative care should be as accessible as MAID.
There are many ways to control pain.
Anaesthesia aims to relieve labour pains, whereas natural methods aim to help women cope with it. What does the evidence say about the options?
The Spike protein on the surface of SARS-CoV-2 must bind to proteins on the surface of human cells to trigger an infection.
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Scientists in the UK and Germany discovered a new doorway that the COVID-19 virus uses to infect human cells. This reveals new therapeutic possibilities for blocking the virus.
Strategies to ease pain and fear during injections are recommended by health organizations such as the Canadian Paediatric Society.
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These strategies for easing needle pain and fear make vaccinations and other injections easier for parents and children. They are simple and helpful for all ages, from infants to adults.
It’s very difficult to separate anxiety and fear from the experience of pain linked with actual physical damage.
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Life without pain might seem like a blessing. But pain plays an important role in protecting our bodies from further damage.
An illustration of Crawford Long removing a tumor from the neck of James Venable.
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Most medical historians agree that one of the most important advances in medicine was the use of ether to numb pain during surgery. Just who deserves credit for this has been another story.
Hospices to fortune.
One of the great success stories in healthcare, a quarter of the UK hospice sector is said to be close to collapse.
There’s a significant variation in pain sensitivity and tolerance.
How is pain measured? A person’s pain is what they say it is.
Scientists have taken atomic resolution snapshots of an opioid receptor interacting with a drug. Now they are using these images to design “biased” opioids that block pain without the dangerous side effects.
Fever is a normal part of healing, so whether we should stop it with pain killers should be questioned.
Parents worry about giving their kids pain relief. Four out of five experts say it’s OK.
Leave your medicines in their box when you go abroad, and check if you need a doctor’s letter.
Before travelling, plan ahead in case you need to pack medicines for sleep, diarrhoea, malaria, pain or anxiety.
Pain lets us know when there is something wrong, but sometimes our brains can trick us.
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Trust Me I’m An Expert: The science of pain.
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Our podcast Trust Me, I'm An Expert, goes beyond the headlines and asks researchers to explain the evidence on issues making news. Today, we're talking pain and what science says about managing it.
There are real consequences to ignoring children’s pain in hospital. These include increased sensitivity to pain, abnormal social behaviours when older and higher levels of anxiety before a future procedure.
From broken limbs to blood tests, hospital visits can cause unnecessary pain for children. An emergency care pediatrician offers seven easy strategies for parents to lessen this pain.
People’s minds can be fooled into experiencing both pain and pain relief.