Medicine

Scale of Online Marketplace for Marijuana Increasing

Scale of Online Marketplace for Marijuana Increasing

Online searches for marijuana indicative of shopping increased 199% from 2005 to 2017.

Pharmacists Have Responsibility to Check Legitimacy of Opioid Rx

Pharmacists Have Responsibility to Check Legitimacy of Opioid Rx

Pharmacists should be aware that they are expected to take steps to make sure opioid prescriptions are written for legitimate medical purposes, and should document these efforts.

Ridesharing Industry Needs to Do More to Promote Safety

Ridesharing Industry Needs to Do More to Promote Safety

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In a position statement, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, the AASM urged both private and public stakeholders to do more to promote transport safety.

FDA Approves AI Device to Detect Diabetic Retinopathy

FDA Approves AI Device to Detect Diabetic Retinopathy

The IDx-DR program analyzes images of a patient's retinas to screen for diabetic retinopathy.

Nonoptimized Drug Therapy Costs More Than $500 Billion Annually

Nonoptimized Drug Therapy Costs More Than $500 Billion Annually

The estimated annual cost of prescription drug-related morbidity and mortality resulting from nonoptimized medication therapy was $528.4 billion in 2016.

Medication Adherence, Blood Pressure Reduction Assessed With Smartphone App Use

Medication Adherence, Blood Pressure Reduction Assessed With Smartphone App Use

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While smartphone app use led to increased medication adherence, corresponding drops in systolic blood pressure were not seen.

Politically Focused Thoughts, Behaviors Tied to Psychopathology

Politically Focused Thoughts, Behaviors Tied to Psychopathology

Findings suggest that politically-focused intrusive thoughts and ritualistic behaviors are associated with psychopathology and obsessive compulsive symptoms.

FDA Cracks Down on Concentrated Caffeine Products

FDA Cracks Down on Concentrated Caffeine Products

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The FDA is prepared to take steps right away to begin removing illegal products from the market.

ACP: Recommendations to Combat Negative Hidden Curricula in Medicine

ACP: Recommendations to Combat Negative Hidden Curricula in Medicine

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In medicine, there is often a disconnect between what is taught in the classroom and what students observe in clinical practice.

Improving Efforts to Prepare for Influenza Epidemics

Improving Efforts to Prepare for Influenza Epidemics

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Although substantial emphasis is placed on vaccinations in considering how to limit the spread of influenza, simple hygienic methods have been found to be the most effective and should be more widely supported.

Strategies to Prevent Obesity in Children

Strategies to Prevent Obesity in Children

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Of various interventions used in nonclinical settings for the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity, school-based programs that combine nutrition and exercise and include a home-based component appear to be the most effective approaches.

Despite Research Gap, Medical Marijuana Use Supported at End of Life in Pediatric Cancer

Despite Research Gap, Medical Marijuana Use Supported at End of Life in Pediatric Cancer

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Since the legalization of medical marijuana, clinicians must come up with appropriate responses to requests for treatment in pediatric end-of-life settings.

Paracetamol Overuse During Cold and Flu Season

Paracetamol Overuse During Cold and Flu Season

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During the cold and flu season, the use and over-dosing of paracetamol is common, and may partially be driven by higher use of over-the-counter combination medications for the treatment of upper respiratory cold/flu symptoms.

Number of IUD Insertions Up After ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Number of IUD Insertions Up After ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Women who experienced a drop in out-of-pocket costs following the ACA contraceptive mandate were more likely to undergo an IUD placement.

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found in 221 US Healthcare Facilities

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found in 221 US Healthcare Facilities

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Antibiotic resistance is a nationwide issue that affects every state. How do we combat it?

Risks and Benefits of FDA "Pre-Cert" Program for Medical Software Devices Examined

Risks and Benefits of FDA "Pre-Cert" Program for Medical Software Devices Examined

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The FDA Digital Health Software Precertification Program represents a feasible solution to regulate software classified as a medical device.

ACA Marketplaces Expand Coverage for People With Chronic Illness

ACA Marketplaces Expand Coverage for People With Chronic Illness

Insurers within the ACA marketplace covered a disproportionate share of non-elderly adults with high healthcare risks from 2014 to 2015.

FDA: Social Media Companies Aren't Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Opioid Sales

FDA: Social Media Companies Aren't Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Opioid Sales

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A recent report from the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations detailed how subcommittee members found it 'easy' to find fentanyl, pay for it and have it shipped to anywhere in the U.S.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Create Potential Public Health Concerns

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Create Potential Public Health Concerns

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The debate about crisis pregnancy centers has reached the US Supreme Court.

Variations Identified in Free-Text Directions in E-Prescriptions

Variations Identified in Free-Text Directions in E-Prescriptions

Quality and variability of free-text directions in ambulatory e-prescriptions were examined.

Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Importance of Naloxone

Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Importance of Naloxone

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In a statement, Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, said, "It is time to make sure more people have access to this lifesaving medication, because 77 percent of opioid overdose deaths occur outside of a medical setting and more than half occur at home."

Linguistic Barriers Continue to Create Care Concerns, Affect Patient Outcomes

Linguistic Barriers Continue to Create Care Concerns, Affect Patient Outcomes

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Language education and assistance services can increase 2-way communication between physicians and non-native English speaking patients.

Palliative Care in Movement Disorders: Recommendations for Improvement

Palliative Care in Movement Disorders: Recommendations for Improvement

Parkinsonism syndromes are associated with progressive disability and increased mortality, with symptom burden comparable to that of advanced cancer.

Physicians Engage Little to Coordinate Medicare Home Health Care

Physicians Engage Little to Coordinate Medicare Home Health Care

Forty-seven percent of survey respondents reported spending less than 1 minute reviewing CMS-485.

Reducing Non-Communicable Diseases Through Taxation: Task Force Examines Economic Impact

Reducing Non-Communicable Diseases Through Taxation: Task Force Examines Economic Impact

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Research published in The Lancet indicates that taxes levied on unhealthy products may help lower the rates of non-communicable diseases.

CDC: Overdose Deaths Up Across Drug Categories in 2015 to 2016

CDC: Overdose Deaths Up Across Drug Categories in 2015 to 2016

Over 66% of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved an opioid.

"Condom Challenge" Growing in Popularity Among Teens

"Condom Challenge" Growing in Popularity Among Teens

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"As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and recreating them," said education specialist Stephen Enriquez.

How Retail Marketing Might Improve Medicine: Testing Targeted Therapies

How Retail Marketing Might Improve Medicine: Testing Targeted Therapies

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Researchers suggest medicine should mirror other consumer industries with targeted, personalized therapies.

Electronic Cigarettes Do Not Appear to Promote Smoking Cessation

Electronic Cigarettes Do Not Appear to Promote Smoking Cessation

At 6 months, researchers found a negative association between electronic cigarette use and subsequent smoking cessation.

Judge Ruling May Result in Cancer Risk Warning for Coffee

Judge Ruling May Result in Cancer Risk Warning for Coffee

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Thirteen of the defendants had settled before yesterday's decision, while some of the defendants who did not settle include major retailers such as Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.

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