• NFL players more likely to die of heart, brain-related disease than MLB players

    1 month ago - By Healio

    Former professional football players had higher all-cause, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and mortality rates vs. former professional baseball players, according to findings published in JAMA Network Open.
    Prior studies of American-style football players have often compared their characteristics with those of the general population, Vy T. Nguyen, a doctoral student in the department of environmental health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues wrote.
    “However, comparisons with general populations can introduce bias. This study compared mortality between
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  • Postoperative opioid prescription fill rate 7 times higher in US, Canada vs. Sweden

    1 month ago - By Healio

    The rate of postoperative opioid prescriptions filled was seven times higher in the United States and Canada than in Sweden, according to a study recently published in JAMA Network Open.
    “Excessive postoperative opioid prescribing has been associated with increased risks of drug diversion, new long-term opioid use, and the development of opioid use disorder,” Karim S. Ladha, MD, MSc, assistant professor in the department of anesthesia at the University of Toronto, and colleagues wrote.
    To evaluate postoperative opioid prescribing in the U.S., Canada and Sweden, researchers conducted
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