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Does Opioid Treatment Safely Eliminate Acute and Chronic Pain? New Research Suggests It Might Not!

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. ~ Aristotle By the time Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 B.C. – 322 B.C.) made this observation, physicians were already using opioids to treat pain. Hippocrates, an ancient Greek physician known as the “father of medicine”, had noted that opium “was an […]

Young Adults Take Notice: That Back Pain May be Ankylosing Spondylitis and It is Serious

On any given day, the waiting room of Texas Back Institute is filled with people who are experiencing back pain. In most cases, these patients are over 50 and have age-related causes for their pain, ranging from arthritis, wear and tear from work or other conditions that affect their spine. By and large, back pain is […]

How the Boston Marathon Bombings Changed the Life of a New Doctor

As a young, curious child, Dr. Ju was always trying to figure out how things worked. When he was growing up in Houston, his parents – a computer programmer mom and a chemical engineer dad – encouraged his curiosity about how things worked. “I spent a lot of time taking things such as microwave ovens […]

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