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Opioids in the Hospital: Relieving Pain, But Causing More Harm?

The addictive nature of opioids and the increasing number of overdoses and fatalities in America has been intensively researched and publicized, but there has been limited study of the potentially dangerous impact of opioids...
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Double-Trouble: Why Dual-Diagnosis Matters in Addiction Treatment

Research clearly shows that the most effective treatment for dual-diagnosis is psychotherapy combined with medication-assisted therapy for addiction. In some cases, mental & addiction symptoms may respond to the same medications (eg, bupropion shows promise in treating depression & reducing methamphetamine cravings).
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A New Look at the Oral Microbiome

Oral health isn't only about what goes into your mouth or how your mouth looks & smells, but what's going on inside your mouth as a microbial ecosystem. Your oral microbiome is affected by a variety of factors, such as food you eat, stress, aging, genetics/race/ethnicity, gender, even the type of toothpaste you use.
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There’s No Better Time to Commit to Reducing Gun Violence

As the number of school shootings continues to take a murderous toll on families across the US, it's time for everyone, including doctors, to make a commitment to reducing firearm-related injuries & deaths. Long-time gun researcher, Garen Wintemute MD, MPH wants doctors to help reduce gun violence now.
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What You Need to Know About Hepatitis

There are many different forms of hepatitis (inflammation of the liver), but what they have in common is that the symptoms are often subtle and they can progress to liver scarring (cirrhosis) and liver failure. Hepatologist Joseph Galati describes the causes and course of the different types.
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Here’s An App To Help You Get Ready For Joint Replacement Surgery

Interview with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Frisch: In the past, people did little to prepare for joint replacement surgery other than having an appointment with their surgeon. Now there is a comprehensive app from PeerWell that offers both a pre-hab (pre-op preparation) as well as a post-op rehabilitation home program.
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Non-Movement Symptoms of Parkinson’s Challenge Everyday Life

The lesser-known non-movement symptoms of Parkinson's Disease are often ignored and underreported. They can be hard to manage and create challenges in everyday living. The PMDAlliance created The emPowered! tool to help facilitate communications between doctors and people with Parkinson’s about these bothersome symptoms.
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How to Make Managing Diabetes a Habit

The most difficult part of making any lifestyle change is taking the first step. Understanding that the key to success is your commitment to an overarching goal followed by a consistent set of actions each day is half the battle. Here are 4 innovative resources to help you achieve your diabetes goals.
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What Will Radiology Look Like in the Age of AI?

Instead of competing with AI, many health professionals predict that they will work with it, similar to how the autopilot feature is used in aviation — it did not replace the job of pilots but enhanced it.
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5 Signs That Male Infertility Could Be The Problem

Compared to females, the signs & symptoms of male infertility are less visible & therefore may not be the focus when a couple is unable to conceive through regular sexual intercourse. There are, however, some signs that may suggest that male infertility is the problem as fertility expert Pranay Shah MD explains.
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How to Get the Most of Your Medical Consultation

Getting the most out a medical consultation is crucial because getting an appointment with a doctor is not always easy and it can be costly. Here are some tips to ensure that you are able to convey your problems to the doctor within the time allotted to you without missing out on any important points.
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What You Need to Know About Secure Mobile Messaging in Healthcare

Secure mobile messaging in healthcare settings can be an effective way to improve care coordination & communication but organizations must ensure the solution they are considering is not just secure but is HIPAA-secure. Failing to employ a service that has a proven track record in keeping PHI secure could be a costly mistake.

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