chronic pain

Chronic pain poorly understood, costing Canada billions

One in five Canadians suffer from chronic pain, and if you're one of the millions affected — and you're lucky — you have a doctor who knows how to treat your symptoms.

But if you need to see a pain specialist, wait times are long. Very long — frequently more than a year. And many live far from the country's publicly funded pain clinics, because large areas of Canada have little or no access to appropriate pain care.

The impact?

Enzyme discovery holds promise for treatment of chronic wounds

Researchers at Providence Health Care have discovered an important clue toward a potential treatment strategy for chronic wounds. “One of the main problems affecting hospitals are non-healing skin wounds in elderly patients, obese patients, cancer patients, diabetics and pressure ulcers in quadriplegics. These wounds take a really long time to heal,” said Dr. David Granville, one of the researchers on the project.

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