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ECRI to revive government clinical guidelines website

ECRI to revive government clinical guidelines website

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 17, 2018

The not-for-profit ECRI Institute announced plans Tuesday to re-open the federal National Guideline Clearinghouse website a day after the government shut it down due to budget cuts.

Docs argue for safe-injection sites for illicit drugs in the U.S.

Docs argue for safe-injection sites for illicit drugs in the U.S.

By Harris Meyer  |  July 07, 2018

Some U.S. physicians would like hospitals to consider opening safe-injection sites on their campuses to reduce the chance of addicted patients overdosing on illicit drugs while receiving medical treatment, as two Canadian hospitals recently have done.

Evidence shows docs are cutting opioid prescriptions: AMA

Evidence shows docs are cutting opioid prescriptions: AMA

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 31, 2018

The American Medical Association warned against "one-size-fits-all" federal mandates to curb opioid prescribing, saying a 22% drop in opioid prescriptions shows the group's approach to the epidemic is working.

Cancer society recommends earlier colon, rectal screenings

Cancer society recommends earlier colon, rectal screenings

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 30, 2018

The American Cancer Society recommended that individuals begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45, five years earlier than previous guidelines. The change reflects a rise in colon and rectal cancer cases and deaths among adults under 50.

Majority of premature infants receive antibiotics without infection

Majority of premature infants receive antibiotics without infection

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 25, 2018

Clinicians should do more to identify premature infants that are at low risk of developing sepsis to prevent unnecessary antibiotic exposure, which has been associated with increased risks of death, according to a new study.

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