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Published: March 20, 2018

  • Gabapentin and opioids dangerous mixThe combination of opioids and gabapentin is associated with a 49% increase in the odds of opioid-related death, says a study in the journal PLOS Medicine. The researchers say the exact mechanism by which gabapentin increased the risk of death in opioid users is unknown, but is likely cause by a pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic interaction, and call for a reevaluation of the non-scheduled status of gabapentin at the federal level.
  • Why did hospital drop outpatient surgery program?A hospital system will end its outpatient surgery program because patients are going to several nearby freestanding ambulatory surgery centers instead of the system's 3 hospitals, says officials at the Faxton Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System in Utica, N.Y. In one year, the number of outpatient procedures declined from 2,550 to 1,800 at Faxton Campus.
  • Total hip arthroplasty has more recovery complications than total knee Patients who had total hip arthroplasty (THA) are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital and require reoperation than those who had total knee arthroplasty (TKA). This according to an abstract posted by National Institute of Health of a study meant to examine readmission and short-term complications from these two surgeries. The study looked at 94,326 THAs and 147,160 TKAs, finding of 18 complications examined 7 had higher incidence in THA with 3 more common after TKA while the remaining 8 were similar in incidence in both surgeries. Overall the admission and reoperation rate for THA was higher than TKA.
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