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Does Robust Documentation Decrease Opioid Prescribing Rates?

Does Robust Documentation Decrease Opioid Prescribing Rates?

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Accurate, transparent documentation is key in ensuring safe and appropriate opioid prescribing.

Is There a Link Between Familial Religiosity and Suicidal Ideation in Offspring?

Is There a Link Between Familial Religiosity and Suicidal Ideation in Offspring?

Overall, girls showed a significant decrease in the odds of suicidal ideation or attempts with increasing belief in religious importance. Boys showed no significant association.

Coffee Consumption Can Be Part of a Healthy Diet

Coffee Consumption Can Be Part of a Healthy Diet

Study participants were asked to complete comprehensive questionnaires about their diets and coffee intake from 2006 to 2010.

Adverse Effects of Marijuana Use in Pregnancy: Current Research Is Questionable at Best

Adverse Effects of Marijuana Use in Pregnancy: Current Research Is Questionable at Best

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Many women are unconvinced of the potential harmful effects of marijuana use in pregnancy due to the lack of available evidence.

Walgreens to Offer Auvi-Q Nationwide in an Effort to Address Epinephrine Supply Issues

Walgreens to Offer Auvi-Q Nationwide in an Effort to Address Epinephrine Supply Issues

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This effort is in response to epinephrine auto-injector supply issues reported by manufacturers to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Veta Smart Case, App for Epinephrine Auto-Injectors Now Available

Veta Smart Case, App for Epinephrine Auto-Injectors Now Available

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The Smart Case includes electronics and sensors to monitor the proximity, temperature, presence and removal, and expiration of auto-injectors.

WHO Issues Guidelines for Managing Diabetes in Low-Resource Settings

WHO Issues Guidelines for Managing Diabetes in Low-Resource Settings

WHO has developed guidelines for selecting therapy for treatment intensification in type 2 diabetes and on the use of insulin in type 1 and 2 diabetes in resource-poor settings.

Deconstructing the Rescue Fantasy: Moving Away from Medicalized Dying Gives Patients Dignity in Death

Deconstructing the Rescue Fantasy: Moving Away from Medicalized Dying Gives Patients Dignity in Death

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Addressing the physician "rescue fantasy" can lead to improved patient care, especially at the end of life.

Could "Disruptive" Innovation Improve US Population Health?

Could "Disruptive" Innovation Improve US Population Health?

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Partnerships between the healthcare community and the technology sector can strengthen the development of evidence-based, HIPAA-compliant, clinical resources.

AAP Issues Updated Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

AAP Issues Updated Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season was one of the most severe — excluding pandemics — on record.

Long-Term Mortality Risk Mitigated Through Midlife Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Long-Term Mortality Risk Mitigated Through Midlife Cardiorespiratory Fitness

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The benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness extended well into the later part of life for middle-aged men without cardiovascular disease.

FDA Outlines Plan for New Analgesic Guidance to Combat Opioid Crisis

FDA Outlines Plan for New Analgesic Guidance to Combat Opioid Crisis

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The new plan will break out the current guidance into 4 separate guidances.

Fitness Wearables Are Finding a Place in Oncology Care

Fitness Wearables Are Finding a Place in Oncology Care

Wearable activity monitors offer oncology care teams an unbiased glimpse into patients' health behaviors and improved reports on performance status.

Variations in Approach Among Treating Physicians Within the Same Practice May Affect Care in End-of-Life Cases

Variations in Approach Among Treating Physicians Within the Same Practice May Affect Care in End-of-Life Cases

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A shared-decision making model should be used to guide physicians who assume care for critically ill patients who already have care plans in place.

Racial Disparities in End-of-Life Advance Care Planning Can Cause Psychological Distress

Racial Disparities in End-of-Life Advance Care Planning Can Cause Psychological Distress

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Advance care planning and appointing a healthcare proxy can be detrimental to the mental health of African American patients at the end of their lives.

"Is It Just a Phase?" What to Do When Transgender Youths Ask to Transition

"Is It Just a Phase?" What to Do When Transgender Youths Ask to Transition

In the last 5 years, many clinicians have faced tough questions about how best to serve transgender youth while doing no harm.

CDC Updates Guidance for Post-Zika Virus Exposure Counseling in Males

CDC Updates Guidance for Post-Zika Virus Exposure Counseling in Males

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In an updated interim guidance, the CDC now recommends that couples wait at least 3 months before attempting to conceive after possible Zika virus exposure in the male.

How to Ensure Effective Communication During End-of-Life Care Discussions

How to Ensure Effective Communication During End-of-Life Care Discussions

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Open, clear, and professional team-based communication can help facilitate the challenging conversations that must take place when preparing a patient for end-of-life care.

Dengue Vaccine Presents Solutions and Backlash in Dengue-Endemic Regions

Dengue Vaccine Presents Solutions and Backlash in Dengue-Endemic Regions

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The principles of "trolleyology" can be used to understand hesitancy among certain individuals to vaccinate against the Dengue virus.

Triclosan and Cancer Risk: Is There a Link?

Triclosan and Cancer Risk: Is There a Link?

Some studies suggest triclosan could have oncogenic properties, but more research is needed to confirm a causal link.

Telemedicine Interventions Can Improve Asthma Control and Quality of Life

Telemedicine Interventions Can Improve Asthma Control and Quality of Life

Combined tele-case management and tele-consultation was the most effective form of telemedicine for improving asthma control.

Marijuana Detected in Breast Milk Up to 6 Days After Maternal Use

Marijuana Detected in Breast Milk Up to 6 Days After Maternal Use

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The legalization of marijuana in several states has led to increased use of the drug for both medicinal and recreational purposes.

Dietary Supplements in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Commonly Used, Rarely Disclosed

Dietary Supplements in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Commonly Used, Rarely Disclosed

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis often use natural-product dietary supplements, but few disclose this to their healthcare providers.

AMA <i>Code of Medical Ethics</i>: Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

AMA Code of Medical Ethics: Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

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Compassion and communication for both patients and families are among the most important factors involved in providing end-of-life care.

Study Finds Clinical Trials for Newer, Breakthrough Therapies Lacking

Study Finds Clinical Trials for Newer, Breakthrough Therapies Lacking

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More than half of the new approvals of Breakthrough Therapy drugs were based on a single pivotal trial.

Oxervate Approved for the Treatment of Neurotrophic Keratitis

Oxervate Approved for the Treatment of Neurotrophic Keratitis

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The safety and efficacy of Oxervate was evaluated in 2 independent, double-masked, randomized, multicenter, controlled clinical trials involving patients with moderate to severe neurotrophic keratitis.

ASMBS Pediatric Committee Updates Guidelines on Bariatric Surgery in Teens

ASMBS Pediatric Committee Updates Guidelines on Bariatric Surgery in Teens

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Pediatric Committee has updated their 2012 evidence-based guidelines.

Challenges in Assessing Terminally Ill Patients' Decision-Making Capacity for Assisted Suicide

Challenges in Assessing Terminally Ill Patients' Decision-Making Capacity for Assisted Suicide

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The criteria used to assess decision-making capacity for assisted suicide includes the patient's ability to comprehend relevant information and ability to understand the disorder and its consequences.

Examining the Ethics of Deceased vs Living Uterus Donors

Examining the Ethics of Deceased vs Living Uterus Donors

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The first live birth after a uterus transplant was achieved in Sweden in 2014, followed by 4 more births, all from uteri provided by living donors.

The Role of Public Education Campaigns in Increasing Patient Response to TIA and Minor Stroke

The Role of Public Education Campaigns in Increasing Patient Response to TIA and Minor Stroke

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The UK FAST campaign attempted to bolster patient response to both transient ischemic attack and minor stroke.

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