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Overtreatment can pose a huge harm to patients, with the complications worse than the original problem at times. Consider arthroscopic surgery for knee pain.
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“What you’re hearing is that the pain killer problem has turned into a heroin problem,” Dr. Andrew Kolodny said. “That makes for a good story, but that isn’t really what’s going on.”
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Despite steroid and pain-killer injections, expensive and invasive treatments like spinal fusion, disc surgery, spinal cord stimulators, nerve ablation and controversial opioid drugs, chronic pain is becoming worse in the U.S. adult population.

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Thanks to drug safety scandals and new methods of marketing, the bloom has fallen off the pharmaceutical representatives' roses.

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Should medical residents still be allowed to work 28-hour shifts? One doctor recounts her exhausting, nightmarish shift in the ER as an example of what can go wrong as the hours stretch on.
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Shocking recent reports in Newsweek and on ABC News “20/20” expose brutal torture and abuse by now-convicted felons and at least one accused pastor targeting troubled teens — and gay youths singled out for “gay conversion” therapy.

As illustrated in a police complaint filed by now 17-year-old Luca

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There is a bizarre paradox in the culture of medicine: The system generates more data than ever, but questionable priorities are limiting our ability to effectively use it.
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"I’ve been startled to see the debate over the AHCA reignite a political philosophy and policy approach that seemed to be have been discredited — and be in sharp decline," writes former health care journalist Michael Millenson.
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After weeks of closed door meetings and rushed amendments to appease the GOP majority, Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill, declaring Obamacare the "law of the land." Americans watched the drama unfold in real time.
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The trend towards putting responsibility for one’s health squarely on the shoulders of individuals lets the government off the hook for its part in looking after its citizens, argues sociologist Shelly Reuter.

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