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Opioid laws hit physicians, patients in unintended ways

Opioid laws hit physicians, patients in unintended ways

By Jay Greene  |  July 30, 2018

New Michigan laws on opioids intended to save lives have physicians complaining about unintended consequences. They say regulations have added unnecessary administrative headaches, led to a climate of fear for doctors and left patients unable to get medications when they really need them.

Data Points: August's arrival signals vaccination season

Data Points: August's arrival signals vaccination season

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 28, 2018

It's hard to believe it, but for many kids, summer will come to an end in the coming weeks. 
As parents bulk up on school supplies, it's also important to remember a visit to the doctor's office for immunizations. After all, August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

Hennepin's ketamine studies targeted for federal investigation

Hennepin's ketamine studies targeted for federal investigation

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 25, 2018

More than 60 patient and medical research advocates are calling for a federal probe of two clinical trials at Minneapolis-based Hennepin County Medical Center that involved testing the anesthetic ketamine on patients without their consent.

Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

By Associated Press  |  July 20, 2018

The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports from women and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in the U.S.

Data Points: Beware of skin cancer during the dog days of summer

Data Points: Beware of skin cancer during the dog days of summer

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 14, 2018

The dog days of summer have arrived—running from July 3 to Aug. 11, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. The 40-day stretch typically coincides with the hottest days of the year. Perfect for sitting by the pool, lake or ocean. But don't forget that sunscreen, or better yet, head-to-toe...

'Avocado Hand' epidemic sends guac lovers to the ER

'Avocado Hand' epidemic sends guac lovers to the ER

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 14, 2018

The danger of #AvocadoHand is spreading on social media, where users post photos and stories of accidentally stabbing themselves in the hand while trying to cut an avocado.

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