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Among 10th-grade students using cannabis

Tenth-Graders Use Combustible, Edible, Vaporized Cannabis

Combustible use most prevalent; 61.7 percent of cannabis users report using multiple methods
More than half of physicians experience burnout

Physicians Often Don’t Address Their Burnout

Same traits that help doctors excel at their jobs make them more likely to experience burnout
A device inspired by the Star Trek famous tricorder device pairs a handheld sensor with a smartphone app to measure the levels of various metabolites associated with multiple diseases in fluid samples from patients

Handheld Device Inspired by Star Trek May Allow Rapid Diagnosis

Device uses enzyme-based assays to measure metabolites associated with multiple diseases
A pharmaceutical executive is defending his company's 400 percent price hike on an antibiotic

Pharmaceutical Executive Defends 400 Percent Price Hike

Price for nitrofurantoin increased from $474.75 to $2,392 in August; exec cites 'moral imperative'
Diclofenac initiators have increased cardiovascular risk compared with non-initiators

Increased Cardiovascular Risk for Diclofenac Initiators

Increased risk compared with NSAID non-initiators, initiators of acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen
Wearing a cardioverter-defibrillator does not reduce arrhythmic death in patients with acute myocardial infarction and an ejection fraction of 35 percent or less

Cardioverter-Defibrillator Vests Do Not Cut Sudden Death Post MI

No drop in arrhythmic death among patients with acute MI, ejection fraction of less than 35 percent
Proton pump inhibitor use is associated with increased risk of hip fracture among dialysis patients

Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Tied to Hip Fracture in Dialysis Patients

Correlation between PPI and hip fracture persisted for subgroups with low, medium, high PPI use
The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases is continuing to increase

CDC: Congenital Syphilis More Than Doubled Since 2013

Congenital syphilis up from 362 cases in 2013 to 918 in 2017, with 46.17 percent increase since 2016
Use of mesh is not independently associated with an increase in the rate of complications of pelvic organ prolapse repair

Surgical Mesh Itself Not Tied to Increased Complications

Increased facility use of mesh augmentation impacts risk of repeat prolapse repair surgery
Following a six-month learning period to implement an electronic medical record system

Implementing EMRs Affects Time Spent With Patients in Clinic

Even after return to pre-EMR efficiency, more time spent on documentation, less on patient interaction