Jon McHann, 56, got started on prescription opioids the way a lot of adults in the U.S. did: he was in pain following an accident. In his case, it was a fall. “I hit my tailbone just right, and created a severe bulging disc” that required surgery, McHann says. McHann, who lives in Smithville, Tenn., expected to make a full recovery and go back to work as a heavy haul truck driver. But 10 years after his accident, he’s still at home

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Policy in UK stirs debate. One local health committee in the UK has announced a controversial policy “to support patients whose health is at risk from smoking or being very overweight.”

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Our Peter Young discusses the importance of increasing access and providing context in transparently reporting physician conflicts of interests

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Kimberly Zieselman: Doctors aren’t listening. I sometimes had a tough time with doctors before I found out — at the age of 41 — that I was intersex and that my true medical history had been hidden from me for decades. Now that it’s out in the open, I still can’t find knowledgeable doctors to help me

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For some, progress cannot come soon enough. Running short on time, dying cancer patients are concocting do-it-yourself versions of highly experimental cancer therapies, without the oversight of doctors or regulators

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Concern over illicit use and addiction is putting morphine out of reach for millions of patients globally who need it for pain relief

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Lori Wallace says it’s frustrating to constantly hear messages in ads for hospitals that imply her cancer would go away if she were just more positive and tried harder

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Danielle Ofri, “The rain was coming down in torrents and my shoes were not up to the job. Nevertheless, I pressed forward along the soggy blocks. My 91-year-old patient and I had been together for some 20 years — honestly I’d lost count — so this was the least I could do.”

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