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Imodium for a Legal High Is as Dumb and Dangerous as It Sounds

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The over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medication Imodium®, or its key ingredient loperamide, is increasingly being abused by people attempting to self-treat their opioid addiction, with sometime fatal results. Two case studies outlining the phenomenon were published online Friday in Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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When It Comes to Spring Allergies, Oak Pollen More Potent Than Pine; Food Allergies of Low-Income Kids Are Poorly Managed; Flowers Not to Blame for Allergies, and More in the Allergies Channel

When It Comes to Spring Allergies, Oak Pollen More Potent Than Pine; Food Allergies of Low-Income Kids Are Poorly Managed; Flowers Not to Blame for Allergies, and More in the Allergies Channel

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Taking the Fight Against Risky Pain Pill Use to the ER: Study Shows Promise

As the U.S. battles an epidemic of deaths from misused pain pills, a new study suggests an inexpensive way to cut risky use of these drugs by people with a high chance of overdosing. And it could happen exactly where many patients get those drugs in the first place: the ER of their local hospital.

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Resuscitation Drugs Can Be Beneficial to Restoring Heart Rhythm After Cardiac Arrest in Certain Instances

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Administering heart resuscitation drugs to patients whose cardiac arrest is witnessed at the time of the attack can improve survival, but needs to be done through an IV line rather than directly into bone marrow as is more commonly done by paramedics, a new study involving UT Southwestern Medical Center emergency physicians and Dallas-Fort Worth Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies reveals.

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Suicide Risk Can Be Intercepted in the Emergency Department

Screening nearly doubled detection of patients who were considering or had attempted suicide.

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Most Civilians Support Wider Access to Training and Equipment to Stop Severe Bleeding in Victims of Mass Casualty Events

Many civilians have expressed interest in taking a bleeding control training course that would empower them to immediately assist victims of intentional mass casualty events, according to results of a new national poll published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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New Law Doesn’t Spell the End of Paper Prescriptions for Nursing Homes, Vets or Emergency Rooms, Says UB Pharmacy Law Expert

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Despite the perception that medical prescriptions are now completely electronic in New York State, we haven’t seen the last of paper prescriptions, according to University at Buffalo pharmacy law expert Karl Fiebelkorn.

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Most Kidney Transplant Recipients Visit the Emergency Department After Discharge

• Among 10,533 kidney transplant recipients, 57% visited an emergency department within 2 years after transplantation. • Risk factors for emergency department visits included younger age, females, black and Hispanic race/ethnicity, public insurance, depression, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and use of emergency departments prior to transplantation.

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Datacasting Technology Gives First Responders More Secure, Better Information During Emergencies

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Datacasting — a research program led by APL for the First Responders Group of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate — is a new way for public safety agencies to get the information they need during a crisis.

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Review Article Uncovers Clues to the Causes, Risk Factors for and Prevention of Drowning Deaths

An international team of researchers have published an extensive review of scientific literature on factors involved drowning fatalities in the journal Physiology. They outline how the fear of drowning, fitness level, fatigue, intoxication and other factors can contribute to negative outcomes and highlight warnings for people who may be at increased risk of drowning, such as those with heart conditions.

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Could Cutting Urban Blight Reduce Teen Murders?

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Analyzing the immediate neighborhood surroundings of teenaged homicide victims, Philadelphia researchers found that neglected conditions--vacant lots, poor street lighting, fewer parks and less-traveled thoroughfares—were in much greater abundance compared to neighborhoods where adolescents were safer.

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Opting Out of the Federal Rule Requiring Physician Supervision Does Not Increase Access to Anesthesia Care, Study Finds

The Medicare “opt-out” rule that allows anesthesia to be administered without physician supervision does not increase patient access to anesthesia care, according to a study recently published online in Anesthesia and Analgesia.

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Masked Hypertension in Kidney Disease Patients, Surgery vs. Stenting, Experts for National Heart Month, Taking the Stress Out of Heart Stress Tests, and more in the Cardiovascular Health News Source

Masked Hypertension in Kidney Disease Patients, Surgery vs. Stenting, Experts for National Heart Month, Taking the Stress Out of Heart Stress Tests, and more in the Cardiovascular Health News Source

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Shock Trauma Model for Critically Ill Patients Cuts Transfer Time in Half, Expediting Access to Lifesaving Diagnostics and Specialty Care When Minutes Count

A novel unit to care for critically ill patients significantly speeds access to specialized care, according to a new study by physician scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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