Many terminal cancer patients are not getting adequate pain relief early enough, according to an English study. The researchers found that, on average, terminal cancer patients were given their first dose of a strong opioid such as morphine just nine weeks before their death.
A research team has discovered a pair of tissue biomarkers that directly contribute to the harmful joint degeneration associated with spine osteoarthritis.
There is some doubt that the ancient practice is a placebo effect — it works because people believe it does. But there are scientific studies showing acupuncture can soothe back and knee pain, quiet migraines and ease cancer-related pains — without any disturbing side effects.
Chronic pain affects up to 20% of people in developed countries, and represents not only a profound impact on individuals and their families but also a sizeable burden on employers, health care systems, and society in general.