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By Adam Hochron
Although headlines across the country show new reasons why people need to be aware of dangers in the great outdoors, there is considerable evidence that summer days and nights can continue to be a time of great enjoyment.
By Jeannette Wick
Though hospital stay duration was once used as a surrogate outcome for surgical recovery, the increasing popularity of short-stay surgery has eliminated that measure, making it harder for hospitals to track recovery trajectories and more difficult for surgeons to plan physical, psychological, and social postoperative courses for prospective patients.
By Adam Hochron
As it continues to tackle the issue of prescription drug abuse, the US Food and Drug Administration today approved an extended-release/long-acting opioid analgesic designed to help chronic pain patients while curbing their ability to tamper with it.
There has been a decrease in the number of uninsured following the open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, according to a report published online July 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
For patients undergoing cardiac surgery, the strongest predictors of stroke up to two years postoperatively include advanced age, history of stroke, and peripheral vascular disease, according to a study published online July 21 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
Aspirin may be less preferable to other anticoagulants following hip fracture repair, but may be favored after elective knee or hip arthroplasty, according to a meta-analysis published online July 17 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
No significant cost savings are achieved by using a recombinant tissue plasminogen activator and twice-weekly heparin as a locking solution for dialysis catheters compared to heparin alone three times per week, according to a study published online July 10 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
By Rachel Lutz
Regional damage in the brain could be the main contributing factor to fatigue, a symptom of multiple sclerosis.
The percentage of teens who admit to using synthetic human growth hormone jumped to 11% in 2013 -- more than double the 5% figure in 2012, according to a new survey from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Blood donations to the American Red Cross are down substantially, and the agency says an "emergency situation" could arise within weeks.
Physician's Money Digest
Half of American couples argue regularly about money, and they can often get deep into their lives together before the difference surface.
A new car’s resale value automatically drops as soon as it is driven off the lot, but some retain their value a lot better than others.