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Let Them Sleep! Doctors Say Teens Need Later School Start Time

08/25/2014 – 11:36 PM |

Have you ever wondered why elementary school students — who are awake and watching television by 6AM — don’t start school until 8:45AM while their …

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Study: Medical Marijuana Decreases Drug Overdose Deaths

08/25/2014 – 4:01 PM | 2 Comments

medical cannabisBy Brad Broker

The legalization of medical marijuana has led to a decrease in drug overdose deaths, according to a new study.

Chronic pain is so common among U.S. patients that prescriptions for opioids has practically doubled during the last 10 years.  But now that 23 states (and counting) have enacted medical marijuana laws, more patients have access to “alternative nonopioid treatments” to take care of that chronic pain. Read the full story »

Doctor’s View: Keep Your Guns Out Of My Practice

08/21/2014 – 1:42 PM | One Comment
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“Physicians who genuinely wish to offer safety information can simply hand out firearms safety and safe storage brochures to all patients.” That was the advice of …

Should Medical Researchers Disclose Personal Conflicts of Interest?

08/19/2014 – 4:28 PM | 2 Comments
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By Alan Lyndon
When people hear about physicians and conflicts of interest, they often jump to payouts from drug companies or financial interests in medical equipment. …

Middle School Female Soccer Players At Greatest Risk For Concussions

08/19/2014 – 4:01 PM |
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By Alan Lyndon
Concussions have become synonymous with sports.  Most of the research has focused on adults, particularly college football players.  But it appears that a …

Another View: The Pros of Electronic Cigarettes

08/19/2014 – 10:54 AM | 23 Comments
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By Bill Godshall
(Editor’s Note: The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published two articles stating various potential hazards of electronic cigarettes, particularly to youths.  The …

Medical Cartoon of the Week

08/18/2014 – 2:00 PM |
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Used with permission by Jonny Hawkins, whose 2015 Medical Cartoon a Day calendar is now available at Amazon.com. Cartoons are the property of their respective artists and are subject to …

Does a Blood Test Cost $10 or $10,000?

08/18/2014 – 8:27 AM |
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By Roni Caryn Rabin

One California hospital charged $10 for a blood cholesterol test, while another hospital that ran the same test charged $10,169 — over …