Big Pharma Round-Up III

A lot happened in the world of pharmaceuticals this year. The opioid crisis worsened. The FDA got a new chief. There were big failures and prices reemerged as a major issue. Industry needed to contend with the new Trump administration and gene therapy ‘came of age.’ By the way, here is one year in reviewContinue reading “Big Pharma Round-Up III”

Heroin in the hospice: opioids and end-of-life discussions in the 1980s

Which drugs should be available for people nearing the end-of-life and suffering pain? What are the limits of appropriate opioid use in modern medicine and within society? The story of heroin in palliative care during the 1980s remains largely untold, and it’s one thoroughly infused with politics, social values and cultural norms of the time.Continue reading “Heroin in the hospice: opioids and end-of-life discussions in the 1980s”

Fracture

Playing soccer has been a hobby/passion/thing to do for the majority of my life. There’ve been no significant injuries to speak of. Until now. So let’s talk about ‘the knee’ and pain. A reckless and ridiculous challenge during my last game resulted in a minor fracture of the knee – and some major sit-on-my-butt time.Continue reading “Fracture”