Monthly Archives: October 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, and Happy Birthday to me and to my friends Lisa, Martha, Melissa, Marissa, Haidar, and everyone else who shares this fun birthdate. Be safe out there tonight.

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CDC Reports Look at Prescription Painkiller Use

Two new reports from the CDC regarding prescription painkillers received extensive coverage in several major US newspapers and websites. Most articles discuss both reports, and nearly all of the articles quote CDC director Tom Frieden. USA Today reports that a report from … Continue reading

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Ambien Linked to Doubling of Emergency Department Visits

Forbes contributor Robert Glatter, MD, writes about a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) suggesting that overmedication involving zolpidem (commonly known as Ambien) has almost doubled in recent years, causing manufacturers to reduce dosing recommendations for … Continue reading

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Clearing the Confusion: The Power of Attorney Explained

The choice of creating a power of attorney is a critical decision. This can be difficult because there is much confusion as to what power of attorney truly means. It is important that one understands the definition, legal rights, and … Continue reading

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All Families Need to Have the Financial “Talk”

If you have an older loved-one, please read this article in the Dallas Morning News about having a frank financial talk with that person. This is something that must be done before any form or senility sets in. I encourage … Continue reading

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Hospice Industry Under Fire For Enrolling Patients Who Are Not Near Death

The Washington Post reports, in a 2043-word piece that is part of an ongoing series on the hospice industry in America, the “booming” hospice industry is coming under fire due to “what appears to be a surge in hospices enrolling patients who … Continue reading

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Federal Government Tightens Restrictions on Hydrocodone Combination Products

News that the Federal government is tightening restrictions on hydrocodone combination painkillers in an effort to curb widespread abuse received wide coverage, with several major newspapers and news agencies reporting. Some news outlets noted that the rule change was welcomed … Continue reading

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No Way to Run a Disability Program

Tom Margenau The long-time Social Security Administration employee Tom Margenau has written another thought-provoking article about the Social Security disability system. I encourage you to read the entire article, but these two paragraphs will give you a taste of his … Continue reading

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Many Wikipedia Entries On Prescription Meds May Not Be Accurate Or Up-To-Date

HealthDay reports that according to a perspective piece published June 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine, “many Wikipedia entries about prescription medications aren’t up-to-date and accurate.” Researchers arrived at this conclusion after exploring “to what degree Wikipedia entries reflected US Food … Continue reading

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Pediatricians Support Bill to Require Childproof Nicotine Refills

The Hill reports that “a group of pediatricians and other health officials are calling for childproof packaging on liquid nicotine containers used to refill electronic cigarettes,” and have written to Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in support of legislation he introduced … Continue reading

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