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New study finally demystifies the most bizarre coronavirus side effect

October 6th, 2020

Researchers have discovered one of the most bizarre side effects of the novel coronavirus: The pathogen can inhibit a protein involved in pain signaling, effectively acting as a pain reliever. The spike protein that the virus uses to infect cells can also bind to a protein called neuropilin-1 that mediates pain. This process explains why …

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Life expectancy in the US is finally on the rise again

January 30th, 2020

For several years in a row now, life expectancy in the United States has seen a small but steady decline. This unfortunate trend has been largely blamed on the opioid crisis sweeping the nation, claiming many lives. The overall dip was small but noticeable, and the latest life expectancy report from the CDC suggests that …

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Experts say wisdom teeth removal is leading to opioid addiction

August 21st, 2019

If you’ve ever had your wisdom teeth removed you know how painful the days immediately following the surgery can be. Over-the-counter painkillers are often not powerful enough to offset the intense aching, and for decades, dentists have prescribed opioid painkillers to keep wisdom teeth patients comfortable during the brief recovery process. Now, as America’s opioid …