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The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has issued a position paper, Opioids for Chronic Noncancer Pain, on how to safely and effectively prescribe narcotic painkillers. According to the position paper, the risks associated with using opioids for chronic headaches, fibromyalgia, and low back pain are greater than the potential benefits citing no substantial evidence for maintenance of pain relief or improved function over long periods of time without incurring serious risk of overdose, dependence, or addiction.

You: Your Own Best Medicine is a campaign to empower patients to actively manage their own health care. This web-based resource can be added to your organization’s web site.

October is Health Literacy Month Friday, October 03, 2014 Default-avatar

According to the 2010 National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, nearly 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using everyday health information that is routinely used by health care facilities, retail outlets, media and communities.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released an e-book version of its Guide to Clinical Preventive Services. The new “Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2014” is a comprehensive resource that can help primary care clinicians and patients decide together which preventive services are right for a patient’s needs in a format meant for use at the point of patient care.

Early Recognition and Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: A New Paradigm

Severe sepsis is a time-critical emergency. As with stroke, trauma and heart attack, the identification and response to severe sepsis should be urgent and protocol-based. Sepsis is on the increase; mortality rates are high; yet many hospitals lack a coordinated or systematic response to sepsis.