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How One State Reduced the Number of Opioid Prescriptions in Just One Year
The number of opioid-related deaths nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2011 in the US; and while that number continues to increase, one state has made positive strides with the implementation of two initiatives.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the prescription of OxyContin, an extended-release opioid, for particular pediatric patients.
For patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA), balneotherapy (mineral baths) combined with physical therapy may be more effective than physical therapy alone.
As the population ages and medicine continues to advance, people are living longer and healthier; but they are also taking more medications for more medical conditions. Those medications can cause drug-drug interactions that lead to adverse drug reactions (ADR). Studies have shown that the majority of medication errors happen at the stage of prescription.
When severe joint damage is present, total knee arthroplasty (TKA) surgery may be the best approach to regain comfort and function. Researchers analyzed procedure outcomes in two groups of patients.
A new gait training device has been shown to significantly improve clinical symptoms in obese patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).
Both chronic pain conditions and obesity are major and increasing public health concerns, and the connections between the two have been firmly established in the medical literature. But as the prevalence of obesity worldwide continues to grow, a deeper understanding of this connection could potentially benefit both practitioners and patients.

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