AMA Delegates Back Physician Freedom in Opioid Prescribing

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The CDC's guidelines on the use of opioids for pain management are well-intentioned, but some insurers and pharmacists have used them to restrict providing and need to be discouraged from doing so, members of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates said Tuesday.

Fish Oil Against GI Bleeds; Mammogram CV Screens; Weed and the Heart

Taking omega-3 fatty acids was associated with less GI bleeding among left ventricular assist device patients. (Circulation: Heart Failure)

Most women would want to know if their mammogram turned up breast arterial calcification, which can predict cardiovascular disease, according to a survey in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Another 'Brain Dead' Patient Wakes Up Just in Time

Twenty-one-year-old Zack Dunlap from Oklahoma appeared on NBC's Today Show in 2008 to tell an incredible story of hearing a physician telling his parents that a PET scan confirmed that he was brain dead after a catastrophic brain injury. While he was being prepared for organ donation, however, he moved his arm purposely in response to stimuli. Dunlap recovered, went to a rehabilitation hospital, and ultimately went home 48 days later, very much alive.[

Appendix Removal Linked to Lower Future Parkinson's Risk

Two new epidemiologic studies have suggested an important role for the appendix in the origin of Parkinson's disease.

One large study, which involved the whole population of Sweden and had a 50-year follow-up, found that individuals whose appendix had been removed in early life had a 20% lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease later in life.

'Shared Decision-Making': Real or Just a Feel-Good Buzzword?

"Henry" had seen his new university-based family doctor, whom he referred to as Doogie Howser, simply to refill a prescription for hypertension medications and found himself referred to the lab for some blood tests. In short order, he had a report show a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level of 5 ng/mL from a test he didn't know he had taken, and orders to report for a prostate biopsy.