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Trick Question: What’s the Answer to Drug Abuse?

Is there an answer to drug abuse?

From thousands of years ago to now, we harvested the opium poppy and eventually the morphine molecule to give the LC some competition. The LC tones down the pain signals initiated by injury, but narcotics, when they fill the opioid receptor site’s on neurons, block the pain signals from registering at the brain level, and the LC’s response doesn’t even happen.

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Changing Times and Changing Minds – A Post for Future Physicians

In my dad’s time, I know he did hysterectomies, appendectomies, vein stripping, colon surgery, proctology, and many other things that just having his diploma and a knife qualified him for. True, it was a pretty good diploma as diplomas go, but today we know that you can’t know everything about everything.

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Why Is EHR Interoperability So Difficult?

Here is the reason electronic health record interoperability is so difficult

The point of the blame game isn’t to persecute the players, but to understand the dynamics of interoperability issues, in order to create solutions. Of the stakeholders, only policymakers have a clear, strong interest in promoting interoperability. They should ensure that cross-vendor interoperability isn’t prohibitively costly for EHR vendors and providers. Once the business case for interoperability outweighs the business case against it, both vendors and providers can pursue it without great harm to their bottom lines.

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These are the Fastest Growing Healthcare Careers

The Healthcare Industry is Exploding and These are it's Fastest Growing Careers

Working in healthcare is a noble and rewarding career, but knowing which occupation offers you the best chance for a job is also rewarding.

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Top 10 Most Unhealthy Jobs in Healthcare (and the Secret to Surviving)

Secrets to Surviving the Top Ten Most Unhealthy Jobs in Healthcare

These 10 healthcare jobs are considered the unhealthiest jobs in healthcare. But please, don’t give up on working in healthcare! You are a needed and necessary part of a healthy society. I’ll share 5 secrets to surviving these top 10 most unhealthy jobs.

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Where Does the Patient Fit in the Medical System?

Healthcare Needs to Treat Patients More Like Customers

After I retired and moved to another town, I was still a physician, but no longer had easy access to the medical system. I had the full experience of what everyone else goes through: picking up the phone and attempting to make an appointment with a physician.

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5 Books to Read This Year

Book Recommendations for Medical Professionals

Life in the trenches of medicine can be taxing and having a ready escape for the mind is essential. A good book can wash away stress and recalibrate energy and attitude. Here are a few excellent reads to check out.

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The Expanding Role of Telemedicine

Telemedicine Becoming More Effective and Prevalent

Being part of the telemedicine evolution over the last six years has been an exciting component of medical practice. Several decades ago, I witnessed a pilot project connecting rural hospitals to tertiary centers. This facet of practice is the new […]

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The Joint Commission and the Current Opioid Crisis

Who is to blame for the opioid crisis?

The Joint Commission wields such power that any hospitals that failed to meet the Joint Commission’s standard in pain management would be given “requirements on improvement” and be expected to follow them in order to remain accredited.

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Power and Leadership – When Less is More

How to be an effective and respected leader

The more you lead and the less you need to exert power, the more power you exert over the output of the group. The use of direct orders or coercive power is less likely to be a positive for the recipient or the group.

You’ll know you’re a good leader when each person in the group feels that he or she is growing in their work, valued by peers and supervisors, and part of a group engaged in an enterprise that matters.

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