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In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

Doctors at some of the largest U.S. hospital chains admit they went overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible, and now they shoulder part of the blame for the nation’s opioid crisis. In an effort to be part of the cure, they’ve begun to issue an uncomfortable warning to patients: You’re going to feel some pain.

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

It’s a simple enough idea: Surgeons should give patients fewer pills after surgery — the time when many people are first introduced to what can be highly addictive painkillers. They should also talk to patients about the proper use of opioids and the associated risks.

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

South Africa’s Chris Barnard stands out in medical history as the heart surgeon who became a global household name after transplanting the first human heart on 3 December 1967. The historic surgery captured the world’s imagination and was hailed by 20th-century historians as socially and scientifically of equal significance compared to the moon-landing in 1969.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some US hospitals don’t put Americans first for liver transplants

Some US hospitals don’t put Americans first for liver transplants

Little known to the public, or to sick patients and their families, organs donated domestically are sometimes given to patients flying in from other countries, who often pay a premium.

November 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Las Vegas faced a massacre. Did it have enough trauma centers?

Las Vegas faced a massacre. Did it have enough trauma centers?

Las Vegas is not only a glittering strip of casinos and hotels but a fast-growing region with more than 2 million residents — and one hospital designated as a highest-level trauma center. The deadly shooting Sunday that killed at least 59 and sent more than 500 people to area hospitals raised questions about whether that’s enough.

October 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why one California county went surgery shopping

Why one California county went surgery shopping

Fed up with wildly different price tags for routine operations, some private employers are steering patients they insure to top-performing providers who offer bargain prices.

September 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Double-Booked: When surgeons operate on two patients at once

Double-Booked: When surgeons operate on two patients at once

The controversial practice of ‘double booking’ has been standard in many teaching hospitals for decades, its safety and ethics largely unquestioned and its existence unknown to those most affected: people undergoing surgery.

July 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five bloodcurdling medical procedures that are no longer performed … thankfully

Five bloodcurdling medical procedures that are no longer performed … thankfully

Over time, a number of historic surgical “cures” fell out of favour because they were more akin to a method of torture. Here are five of the most extraordinary and unpleasant: Trepanation, lobotomy, rhinoplasty, lithotomy and bloodletting.

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Arthroscopy does not relieve knee pain or improve function, panel finds

Arthroscopy does not relieve knee pain or improve function, panel finds

Knee arthroscopy is performed more than 2 million times a year across the globe, and in the United States alone costs more than $3 billion annually. But the panel found the surgery did not provide lasting pain relief or improve function.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Treating colon cancer that has spread to the liver

Treating colon cancer that has spread to the liver

One of the organs that colon cancer commonly metastasizes to is the liver. In recent years, researchers have developed new ways to treat metastatic colon cancer in the liver, taking advantage of this organs unusual property — the ability to regenerate.

May 7, 2017 | By | Reply More