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The Medical Minute: How To Safely Dispose Of Opioids
Cleaning out your medicine cabinet is about more than having a tidy bathroom. In an age of opioid addiction, it can also prevent leftover medications from getting into the wrong hands.
Dr. Alexis Reedy-Cooper, a staff physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, said opioid addiction continues to increase, and Pennsylvania is no exception. In fact, it is one of the top five states affected by the issue.
Doctors typically prescribe opioids to patients who break a bone or who are recovering from surgery. The dosage is a delicate balance between keeping the patient comfortable and preventing addiction.
“We try to give patients just enough so that there won’t be a lot of leftovers, but we can’t always guess how much someone is going to need,” Reedy-Cooper said. “We want patients to use the lowest dose necessary and use it for the least amount of time.”
Leftover pills can
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One-Stop Shop: New Clinic Bundles Key Services After ICU Discharge
After close observation and treatment in an intensive care unit, patients who have fought through their critical illness are sent home to continue recovery.
But then what?
For many patients, they may not be prepared for the recovery process following an ICU admission.
“It’s interesting, because we all celebrate when a patient survives a severe critical illness and is able to go home, but really that’s only half of the battle,” says Jakob McSparron, MD, assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Michigan Medicine. “The next step is thinking about follow-up care and how to help them recover effectively and keep them from being hospitalized again.”
And it’s why a new clinic at Michigan Medicine was established to aid in that recovery process.
The University of Michigan Post ICU Longitudinal Survivor Experience Clinic (U-M PULSE) is one of just a few such clinics in
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Using A Home Test Kit And Smartphone To Test For Kidney Disease
Today, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), Geisinger and Healthy.io announced the launch of a novel clinical trial using a smartphone-enabled home urinalysis device for chronic kidney disease (CKD) among patients with high blood pressure.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a contributing risk factor to CKD. One of the best ways to test for CKD and assess kidney damage is a simple urine test which detects the presence of albumin. The smartphone app from Healthy.io enables lay users to conduct a urinalysis test at home and securely share results with their clinicians.
Approximately 30 million Americans have CKD, but nearly 90% do not know they have this condition. CKD progression can be slowed or halted if the disease, which often has no symptoms, is caught in its early stages.
"Early detection of CKD is crucial so that risk factors can be aggressively managed to prevent end-st
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Why Don’t Kids Use Their Asthma Medicines? Children, Caregivers And Clinicians Disagree On The Answer
In a new analysis of interviews conducted with children who have asthma, their caregivers and their clinicians, Johns Hopkins researchers found that there was significant lack of agreement about why the kids miss their needed daily anti-inflammatory medication.
A report on the findings, published in the Journal of Asthma, highlights the need for improved communication among patients, families and pediatric clinicians, according to Carolyn Arnold, a medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the paper’s first author. “Consistent use of daily anti-asthma drugs — generally steroids delivered by inhaler — is lifesaving and the best way to prevent recurrent exacerbations and costly hospitalizations,” she adds.
According to some estimates, Arnold says, up to 60% of children with chronic asthma do not get or take their prescribed daily regimen of anti-inflammatory