Today's Health News

Postop Opioid Rx Sevenfold Higher in U.S., Canada Versus Sweden

About 75 percent of patients in U.S. and Canada fill opioid prescriptions versus 11 percent in Sweden

Pulmonary Embolism Risk Elevated for More Than Six Weeks Postop

Findings based on six common surgery types in large French study

Study Compares Anticoagulants for Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Authors find rivaroxaban not noninferior to vitamin K antagonists for secondary thromboprophylaxis

Recommendations Developed for Preventing Secondary Fractures

Coalition reaches consensus on guidance for patients 65 years and older with hip or vertebral fracture

Patient Portal Use Has Positive Impact on Preventive Health Behaviors

Portal users more likely to be younger, white, have commercial insurance, higher annual income

Burnout Linked to Poor Quality Care in Published Literature

But effect size may be smaller than reported, especially for objective quality measures

Hydroxychloroquine Blood Levels Predict Retinopathy Risk in Lupus

Prospective cohort study demonstrates link between HCQ blood levels and retinopathy risk

Cost of Waste in U.S. Health System Estimated

Total annual costs of waste vary from $760 to $935 billion; estimated savings range from $191 to $282 billion

Mortality Down for Autoantibody-Associated Vasculitides Patients

Average annual decline of 1.6 percent in AAV-related mortality rate seen from 1999 to 2017 in the U.S.

Survey: Many U.S. Adults Not Planning to Get Flu Vaccine

Vaccine knowledge and anticipated rates of vaccination even lower for pneumococcal disease