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A retrospective cohort study of post colorectal surgery and trips to the emergency department (ED) is discussed in the journal of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. In order to increase prevention of return ED visits—approximately 11% of patients—researchers characterized the factors that brought...

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Two senators, one republican and one democrat, from two states are working together to try to pass the Provider Training in Palliative Care Act. It would give National Health Service Corps members the ability to train in palliative care while deferring their service. Senator Jacky Rosen of Nevada...

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A rose is a rose is a rose. And an emoji of a rose is even easier to “get.” There are over 3500 Unicode Standard emoji, including medical-specific ones such as a pill or a syringe. Newer added emoji include a stethoscope, microbe, and drop of blood. Authors of a JAMA commentary suggest even more...

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A cross-sectional data study involving 22,273 RNs, over 550 hospitals, and data from more than 1.4 million patients sought to determine “whether involving more nurse practitioners (NPs) in inpatient care produces better outcomes…” The answer is a resounding YES. Among the findings comparing...

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Chronic pain. Debilitating migraines. PTSD. This is one patient’s life. The Washington Post reports that, as bad as life with pain can be, it may become much worse during a pandemic. For this particular patient, due to COVID-19 a scheduled surgery was canceled, as were appointments with providers...

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>54 million adults and ~300,000 children in the US have been diagnosed with arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation has released a new pain report: How It Hurts. The 28-page pdf details plans to positively impact the lives of those with arthritis pain. In addition to increased research, funding, and...

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Patients in chronic pain need all the support they can get, and pharmacists are in a position to be an excellent resource. In a systemic review in Integrated Pharmacy Research and Practice, the authors outline ways in which pharmacists and patients can collaborate for better overall care...

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Newswise — Patients’ ratings of hospitals and willingness to recommend them have almost no correlation to the quality of medical care provided or to patient survival rates, according to new Cornell University research.

Would you choose a hospital based on its Yelp reviews? Relying on hospitals’...

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Dr. David Cosio on looking past the “difficult” and getting to the root of why a patient may be agitated and hard to work with. How can clinicians work with this patient group? What’s the key to the clinician/patient connection?

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Newswise — With the advancement of technology and medicine, G. Michael Deeb, M.D., a cardiac surgeon at Michigan Medicine, says society is used to, and expects, instant solutions to their pain after medical procedures. This has resulted in an increased demand for narcotics, as well as their over...

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