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Source: Common Domain

Don't blame the surgeons: Long-term opioid use rarely starts with surgery, study finds

Friday 12:42 GMT

New research suggests that patients leaving the hospital after surgeries or inpatient procedures are rarely the ones whose long-term opioid use started with a doctor’s prescription.

Instead, the patients who most frequently go on to use opioid medications for six months or more got their first prescription for some sort of back pain, or for pain described in medical code as “other ill-defined conditions,” according to a research letter published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Surgery. The authors identified 117,118 patients insured through the military’s Tricare system who had opioid medications prescribed for six months or more and found that “only 800 individuals (0.7%) received their initial opioid prescription following an inpatient encounter, with 458 (0.4%) having undergone an inpatient procedure.”

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Source: Common Domain

Don't blame the surgeons: Long-term opioid use rarely starts with surgery, study finds

Friday 12:42 GMT

New research suggests that patients leaving the hospital after surgeries or inpatient procedures are rarely the ones whose long-term opioid use started with a doctor’s prescription.

Instead, the patients who most frequently go on to use opioid medications for six months or more got their first prescription for some sort of back pain, or for pain described in medical code as “other ill-defined conditions,” according to a research letter published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Surgery. The authors identified 117,118 patients insured through the military’s Tricare system who had opioid medications prescribed for six months or more and found that “only 800 individuals (0.7%) received their initial opioid prescription following an inpatient encounter, with 458 (0.4%) having undergone an inpatient procedure.”

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Source: NBC News

Tiny eclipse town braces for surge: "I'm excited... scared excited"

Saturday 12:42 GMT

The eclipse's economic impact is projected to be at least five times that, with folks visiting from as far away as New York, Florida, Canada, even Australia and Japan, according to Stephania Motes, the city manager and chief coordinator of the town's eclipse day preparations.

Like many other dots on the map who unexpectedly find themselves in the path of the "Great American Eclipse," it's also creating a freak business opportunity this two-stoplight town nestled in a valley at the base of the Cumberland Plateau, halfway between Chattanooga and Knoxville, is anxious to capture. "It's the biggest little thing to happen to this town," said mayor Billy Ray Patton.

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Source: Common Domain

What Being a Doctor Did–and Didn’t–Teach Me About Leadership

Wednesday 12:44 GMT

From being on both sides of the operating room, I’ve learned that without close and considered collaboration, it’s impossible to run an organization, much less lead one.

The predominantly one-shot approach, though, is 180 degrees off when it comes to making decisions in a leadership position. My job today as dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine requires that I cultivate dialogue, build trust, incorporate feedback and move forward together.

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Source: Common Domain

What Being a Doctor Did–and Didn’t–Teach Me About Leadership

Wednesday 12:44 GMT

From being on both sides of the operating room, I’ve learned that without close and considered collaboration, it’s impossible to run an organization, much less lead one.

The predominantly one-shot approach, though, is 180 degrees off when it comes to making decisions in a leadership position. My job today as dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine requires that I cultivate dialogue, build trust, incorporate feedback and move forward together.

1 Article
Source: Common Domain

U.S. warns citizens about traveling to Mexico's Cancun and Los Cabos as violence surges

Wednesday 23:45 GMT

The U.S. State Department has warned its citizens about traveling to Cancun and Los Cabos, two of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations, after a surge in violence in those regions.

The rapid increase in development, especially in Los Cabos, may have helped contribute to the violence, Fernandez de Castro said, as migrants from around the country came to build new hotel rooms and resorts.

3 Articles
Source: Global News

Trudeau government fearful a massive refugee surge could hurt 2019 re-election campaign

Today 08:06 GMT

Canada fears a huge surge in asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States, putting political pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of a 2019 election, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

NDP MP says Trudeau Liberals misleading asylum seekers over border crossings. Two sources familiar with Canadian government thinking said citizens from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, who are slated to lose their U.S. protected status in early 2018, may also head north.

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Source: Fox News

Charlottesville covers Confederate statues with black shrouds

Today 08:06 GMT

Shrouded statues of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in black on Wednesday as the city grappled with an outbreak of deadly violence at a white nationalist rally earlier this month.

He insisted he was defending himself, saying he did it "because my only other option was knocking out his teeth."

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Source: Global News

NDP MP says Trudeau Liberals misleading asylum seekers over border crossings

Today 08:07 GMT

The Liberal government is misleading people when it says there’s no advantage to crossing illegally into Canada to seek asylum, NDP MP Jenny Kwan says.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made those comments over the weekend as the Liberals have become more assertive in their efforts to tamp down the volume of asylum seekers. OTTAWA – The Liberal government is misleading people when it says there’s no advantage to crossing illegally into Canada to seek asylum, NDP MP Jenny Kwan says.

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Source: The Week

Time to cut and run in Afghanistan

Today 08:07 GMT

More American troops can only delay the day of reckoning, while fueling the corruption and resentment that undermines the Afghan state — and getting lots of people killed in the process.

With his troop surge in Afghanistan, the president is once again giving us everything bad about himself and the Republican Party and none of the better stuff he promised during the campaign, like his anti-war policy.

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Source: CBS News

Trump goes after the Senate, Jeff Flake and media on Twitter

Today 08:07 GMT

President Trump on Wednesday posted a series of tweets blasting the GOP-controlled Senate and one senator in particular, and he claimed that the media didn't cover his Charlottesville comments fairly, though he didn't explain what he thought was unfair.

Mr. Trump posted the tweets the morning after his "Make America Great Again" campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona in which he claimed he doesn't engage in "Twitter storms."


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