“I asked him to bring me a gun, and he wanted to know why,” Mr. Cowart later told an interviewer. “I told him, ‘Can’t you see I’m a dead man? I’m going to die anyway, I’ve got to put myself out of this misery.’ He said, in a very caring way, ‘I can’t do that.’ It was the first of many times that Mr. Cowart, who was 25 then, would beg to be allowed to die.”

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The brain makes no distinction between a broken bone and an aching heart. That’s why social exclusion needs a health warning

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Case leads scientists to a new gene mutation. Doctors in Scotland were amazed when a 66-year-old woman underwent what is normally a very painful operation on her hand for severe arthritis and required little to no pain medication afterward

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Deaths from opioid overdoses have increased dramatically over the last decade. In 2017, the latest year for which the U.S. government has statistics on the trend, more than 47,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses

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The choice was unusual, but loving: We wanted them to live without the shadow of their mother’s mortality hanging over them

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HotDoc talked to our Travis Rieder PhD, a bioethicist who became dependent on opioids following a motorcycle accident. Travis shares what his experience with withdrawal felt like and how every doctor he spoke to was at a loss when it came to helping him safely taper off his medication

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We decided to protect her. The radiologist doing my ultrasound had just finished pointing out a cluster of alarming abnormalities in our developing daughter, using a slew of medical terms my husband and I, both medical students, were grimly familiar with

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The FDA went along. Is the newest opioid any better? In the midst of a national opioid crisis, how badly do we need another formidable painkiller?

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