Do redheads require more anesthesia than other patients? For years, that was the unconfirmed rumor in the medical community until a study confirmed it was true. In fact, your pain tolerance depends on a complex mix of genetics and your past experiences, explains Karen Sibert at UCLA. That can make it difficult for doctors – who are increasingly reluctant to prescribe opioids – to understand how much pain their patients are really in.
Malaria fatalities dropped 60 percent between 2000 and 2015. But hundreds of thousands of people – most of them children in sub-Saharan Africa – still die each year from this mosquito-borne infection. One reason is ineffective medicine: A team of Australian pharmaceutical researchers found that fake, expired and substandard anti-malaria drugs are widespread.
In case you didn't have it circled on your calendar, tomorrow is National Pretzel Day. So grab a bag of Snyder's and take in Colorado State food expert Jeffrey Miller's twisted history of the pretzel, from its European origins to Pennsylvania's path to becoming the pretzel capital of the world.
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April is National Donate Life Month, a time to emphasize the importance of organ donation. It is also a good time to learn about a major medical advance that allows liver transplants from living donors.