December 12, 2012 A roundup of the medical evidence by a group of independent researchers suggest that giving babies sugar water before injections can help comfort them. But the latest analysis is less enthusiastic about the approach than a previous review.
April 10, 2012 KQED Dozens of states electronically track the prescriptions for powerful narcotics like Vicodin and OxyContin to root out pill-shopping patients and unscrupulous doctors. But in California, a relentless budget crisis is threatening that system and causing deep concern among doctors and law enforcement.
January 23, 2012 Women don't suffer in silence. They report feeling more pain than men from such common conditions as ankle sprains and sinus infections, a Stanford study finds. A better understanding of gender differences in pain could lead to better treatments.
January 9, 2012 Swiss researchers found that newborns who got sugar and a firm embrace suffered the least pain, compared to babies who got just sugar or who were just held during medical procedures.
September 16, 2011 An editorial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine says there's a troubling shortfall in the evidence to support the use of narcotics like Oxycontin for long-term treatment of pain. And, there's ample evidence of harm.