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Even though chronic pain is recognized by scientists as a disease in its own right, it remains largely under-recognized, under-diagnosed and, above all, subject to many prejudices. (Shutterstock)

Chronic pain: An invisible disease whose sufferers are unfairly stigmatized

Although chronic pain is recognized by scientists as a disease in its own right, it remains largely under-recognized, under-diagnosed and, above all, associated with numerous prejudices.
Opioids can help reduce the amount of medication needed to achieve anesthesia. gpointstudio/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Why opting out of opioids can be dangerous in the operating room

Non-opioid directives allow patients to refuse opioids in all health care settings. For surgical procedures that require anesthesia, however, this may do more harm than good.
Physical therapy – which can include small jumps, stretches, massage, heat therapy and even water exercises – can help manage arthritis in dogs. Manu Vega/Monument via Getty Images

For dogs with arthritis, daily activities don’t have to be painful

Since canine arthritis can’t be cured, the goal of treatment in dogs is to reduce inflammation to increase comfort and improve a dog’s quality of life.
Surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, holding up the genetically modified heart that would be transplanted into David Bennett. University of Maryland School of Medicine

The journey to a pig-heart transplant began 60 years ago

David Bennett owes a debt of gratitude, not only to the surgeon’s who saved his life but to Peter Medawar, the person who discovered why organs are rejected.
Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are an endangered species that live and nest in the Gulf of Mexico. National Park Service/WikimediaCommons

Scientists at work: Helping endangered sea turtles, one emergency surgery at a time

For the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, every individual matters. A team of veterinarians and biologists has formed a network along the Gulf Coast to save injured sea turtles and the species.

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