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Head of the Canadian Pain Society: "We're wasting billions" by not having comprehensive strategy on chronic pain /Phone-in: Mary Anne White & Richard Wassersug on The Science of Everyday Life.

Scattershot approach: There have been many advances in understanding the nature of pain. But medical professionals are just beginning to pull together the bits & pieces of what they've learned. This week, for instance, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a review of the use of opioid medication in treating chronic pain for patients without cancer.

But for all the advances in our knowledge, the way we treat pain is still fundamentally the same as it's been for decades. Dr. Mary Lynch says it's time for that to change. She's president of the Canadian Pain Society and director of the QEII pain management unit in Halifax.


If a car or bus didn't have springs, your experience of travel would be akin to riding an oxcart in the Middle Ages - essentially, no fun at all. But on the other hand, there's no way to calculate how much fun was created by the people who dreamed up using a spring to create the Slinky.

From wind-up toys to bungee jumping, we're surrounded by examples of springs. But we're also not conscious of how integral the principles of the spring are to our own bodies.

Dr Mary Anne White and Dr Richard Wassersug stretched our consciousness of springs. Mary Anne is University Research Professor of Chemistry & Physics at Dalhousie University. Richard is a Professor of biology, anatomy & neurobiology at Dal. They answered your questions about The Science of Everyday Life.

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