According to White & Batty’s recent correlations, you may already have.
From the neuroethological perspective, pain exists to protect an individual from an undesirable situation that might result in an adverse bioeconomical outcome such as death or serious injury. However in the case of chronic pain, which often exists as the bi-product of diseases such as severe diabetes, infection, nerve damage or permanent cellular damage, there seems to be little physiological benefit (Reichling et al. 2011). Patients who suffer from chronic pain thus are often faced with a lifetime of intense debilitating painful sensation which add unnecessary stress to their body systems and which in turn prevent them from functioning in their society with any level of acceptable normalcy (Baron et al. 2010). Due to the intensity of the discomfort and the large population of patients who suffer from chronic pain, a large portion of the efforts of those in the medical and scientific community as well as financial investment have gone into specifically understanding and discovering methods for the treatment and relief of this type of pain. Read the rest of this entry
So many of you might have had a staph infection before, or at least most of us had at least once had a hair follicle infection, you know the ones..the little red bumps at the base of your hair follicle that get a little tender. But how many of you knew that the bacteria which lives commonly on our skin is actually a variety of staphylococcus bacteria…the flesh eating bacteria? Group A staphylococcus bacteria can cause mild infections to toxic shock syndrome or even necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease). Sounds like something out of a zombie movie right? The pictures below are not for the faint of heart! More strains of antibiotic resistant staphylococcus are popping up. This means that we have less and less ways to treat these cases of flesh eating diseases or toxic shock syndrome. Read the rest of this entry