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WHAT’S UP DOC? Ovarian torsion

Q: What is ovarian torsion?A: The ovaries (a woman has two of these reproductive organs, and they are where her eggs are produced/stored) are held in place/suspended in a woman’s pelvis by a couple of ligaments. The blood supply to the ovaries comes from the abdomen and then travels along …

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Criticism of Seabrook nuclear power plant finds new momentum

A growing number of Massachusetts and New Hampshire communities are raising concerns about the evacuation plan for Seabrook Nuclear Power Station, especially during summer months when roadways are clogged by visitors.

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SENIOR Q&A: Does Medicare cover health care across the border?

Q: I am planning on traveling with my mother to Canada this summer on vacation. Will Medicare cover her if she has a medical emergency and needs to be in the hospital?A: Generally Medicare covers in the U.S., including Puerto Rico, Guam, Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin …

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Wicked Running Club of Salem to host Miles Over the Moon Road Race

The Wicked Running Club of Salem will host the eighth annual Miles Over the Moon four-mile road race at 8 p.m. July 13 starting and finishing at Bentley Academy Charter School, 25 Memorial Drive, Salem.All proceeds support the Wicked Youth Running Fund, which provides financial support for local high school …

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OVER THE COUNTER: Road to better health starts with the mind-gut connection

We’ve all heard the old saying that you are what you eat. What’s also true is that you are what you think and feel.What we’re talking about here is our mind-gut connection. The link between the health of our digestive system and of our mind is becoming clearer.By gut health …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Gas gangrene

Q: What is gas gangrene?A: Gas gangrene (the medical name is Clostridial myonecrosis) is an infection of muscle tissue by clostridia (most commonly Clostridium perfringens), a type of bacteria which produces toxins and gases (nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen and carbon dioxide) that may build up in the infected tissue. The first …

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Healthcare Community Should Favor More Restrictive Alcohol Policies

The healthcare community, having eradicated a number of deadly diseases, should approach these alcohol-driven fatalities as a disease and launch a comprehensive, coordinated, and sustained effort to eliminate roadway deaths.

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How to Respond to a Patient’s Request for Prayer: A Clinician’s Dilemma

While the decision of whether or not to pray with a patient is a personal one, introspection can help physicians offer a carefully considered response that acknowledges and explores the patient’s request.

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Major Barriers to Useful Risk Prediction Must Be Overcome to Reach the Full Potential of Big Data

The promise of big data and predictive analytics to provide new predictive models and improve the practice of medicine must overcome 4 major hurdles before it can be considered of clinical value.

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Significant Rates of Major Depressive Disorder Found in Dementia

Patients with dementia had an increased prevalence of major depressive disorder.

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Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Formulations: Barriers to Broader Use

Abuse-deterrent opioid formulations have not yet been widely accepted despite their proposed value in reducing opioid abuse and related mortality. Many of the current barriers to broader use are related to their higher cost compared with conventional formulations.

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Behavioral Executive Dysfunction Associated With Chronic Kidney Disease

Further assessment of this relationship and its underlying mechanisms may help clinicians anticipate the likelihood of patients’ adherence to risk-reducing habits.

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Factors That Predict Treatment Outcomes, Remission in Pediatric OCD

These results identify several predictive factors for remission in children with OCD and may be useful for clinicians in tailoring their treatment approach, although the impact of adjunctive d-cycloserine requires further investigation.

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Notifications by PDMPs May Not Effectively Reduce Opioid Misuse

Unsolicited notices to prescribers as part of prescription drug monitoring programs may not effectively reduce opioid use, as patients may seek other prescribers.

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Conflicting Values, Ethical Questions: When Viewpoints Differ From Your Employer

How should a clinician act on personal values when those values clash with their employers?

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Listen Up: Medical Podcasts for Physicians

For physicians, podcasts are a unique way to expand your knowledge on a range of different medical topics.