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Small Increases in Complications When Knee Replacement Done as Outpatient Procedure

Some complications are more common when total knee replacement surgery is done as an outpatient or same-day procedure, reports a study in the December 6, 2017 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in partnership with...
13-Dec-2017 12:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

Influenza Leads to Increased Missed Work Time

Employees with laboratory-confirmed influenza have more lost work time—including absences and reduced productivity while at work—compared to those with other types of acute respiratory illness (ARI), reports a study in the December Journal of...
11-Dec-2017 10:25 AM EST Add to Favorites

Durotomy: A Common Complication of Spinal Surgery – and an Important Factor in Some Malpractice Cases

Incidental durotomy—small tears of the outer membrane of the spinal cord—are a common occurrence in spinal surgery, and may lead to litigation. Most malpractice cases associated with dural tear end in a ruling in favor of the surgeon, reports a...
4-Dec-2017 11:15 AM EST Add to Favorites

Most Glaucoma Patients Don't Ask About Medication Costs

Less than one-third of patients with glaucoma talk to their doctor about the costs of medications needed to control their disease, reports a study in the December issue of Optometry and Vision Science, the official journal of the American Academy of...
1-Dec-2017 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Integrative Medicine Approaches for Pain Treatment – Can They Be an Alternative to Opioids?

Can acupuncture and yoga help to fight the opioid epidemic? These and other integrative medicine approaches have shown at least preliminary evidence of effectiveness in pain management, according to an article in the December issue of Anesthesia &...
21-Nov-2017 9:40 AM EST Add to Favorites

Patients and Families Aren't Comfortable with 'Overlapping Surgeries,' Survey Finds

Patients and family members are either neutral or uncomfortable with the idea of "overlapping" or "concurrent" surgery, where the attending surgeon isn't present in the operating room for part of the procedure, according to survey results published...
20-Nov-2017 2:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

Medicaid Coverage for Methadone Improves Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy

Pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) are more likely to receive evidence-based treatment with an "opioid agonist"—usually methadone—in states where those medications are covered by Medicaid, reports a study in the December issue of...
14-Nov-2017 3:45 PM EST Add to Favorites

Legal Implications of Neuroscience Research – Harvard Review of Psychiatry Presents Update

New research on the biological basis of psychiatric disorders has important implications for legal proceedings as well as mental health treatment, according to a special issue on "Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and the Law," presented in the Harvard...
14-Nov-2017 3:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

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