Pain treatment is entering a new phase as scientists learn more about pain's effect on the mind and body. Medication implants and antidepressants are some of the new techniques available to deal with pain.
Prescription painkiller use has risen dramatically in the U.S. over the past ten years, leading to a concern about potential abuse. Experts say one of the problems is that many health care providers don't recognize the signs of addiction.
GlaxoSmithKline's biggest seller, Advair, has been approved for treating patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Already used to treat asthma, the FDA said the drug can now be used as a maintenance treatment for COPD patients with chronic bronchitis.
A simple test for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease could help diagnose million of Americans who have COPD. A movement is under way to encourage more health care professionals to test at-risk patients and become better educated about prescribing the proper treatment.