The 2 Minute Update

Who can afford some of these new medications?

New medications come with massive price tags. How beneficial is a medication if no one can afford it?

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Opiod Deaths Keep Rising Even Though Prescriptions Are Falling

Doctors are more cautious about prescribing opioids, and many have implemented new prescribing guidelines to reduce the risk of addiction and overdose.

Despite these efforts, opioid-related deaths continue to rise.

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Life Expectancy Keeps Falling

We were not ready for Covid, and our lives are now 2.4 years shorter. Will we be ready for the next pandemic, or will we see life expectancy fall further?

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71 blood draws per hospitalization?

71.5 blood draws per hospitalization? Is that even possible?

Would any of us want our blood drawn 71 times during a hospitalization, with 28 of those done before 7 a.m.? Better include a type and cross, since we may need a transfusion.

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Is there a physician shortage?

Is there a physician shortage? A look at how the workforce is changing, and physicians are working fewer hours In this 2 Minute Update, we look at a study evaluating changes in the physician workforce over 20 years, from 2001 until 2021. This study utilized survey data. The surveys were administered to 17,599 unique households over 20 years. The surveys evaluated trends in the size of the physician workforce, as well as those of physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Researchers also looked at the number of hours people were working, and the location of practices, either in rural or urban...

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