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.
Yoga moves like downward dog put strain on your hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders.
New research shows yoga can improve back and neck pain, but can put strain on the body in some poses.
Doctors with special training in acupuncture and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine worked together in emergency departments.
Some emergency doctors are already using acupuncture to relieve patients' pain. Now a new study shows when it works, when it doesn't and how emergency departments of the future might use it.
Horses for courses?
They're often no more effective than placebo, but that shouldn't necessarily stop us using them.
An epidural takes up to 45 minutes to work, so if the baby’s coming it could be too late.
Epidurals were developed for pregnant women to address the severe pain of labour. In Australia approximately one in three pregnant women in labour has an epidural for pain relief.
The use of paracetamol in pregnancy is low risk.
Some of the headlines are alarming but pregnant women and their doctors should not change their current use of paracetamol on the basis of this paper.
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Unrelieved pain contributes more to human suffering than any other disease.
How did it start?
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We are witnessing widespread abuse of legal, prescribed drugs that, while structurally similar to illicit opioids such as heroin, are used for sound medical practices. So how did we get here?
Combination drugs are considered an innovation of India's medicines industry but they are not as safe as they should be.
Dying is increasingly medicalised - but it doesn’t make things better.
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