One in four Americans have daily pain
May 2, 2008 | Posted by: Reuters | Full story: Reuters
“Such a disparity emphasizes the need for pain preventing measures such as better ergonomics and better availability of occupational health services for jobs with high physical strains”
CHICAGO (Reuters) - More than a quarter of Americans have daily pain, a problem that costs the country more than $16 billion a year in pain remedies and about $60 billion a year in lost productivity, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.
Their random survey of U.S. citizens found pain was fairly evenly divided between men and women, but poorer Americans reported being in more pain than wealthier people.
"Those with lower income or less education spent a higher proportion of time in pain and reported higher average pain than did those with higher income or more education," Dr. Arthur Stone of Stony Brook University in New York and colleagues wrote in the journal Lancet. Read more
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