NOVEMBER 13-16, 2018
Winter Storm Avery to bring snow, ice to Pa. Nov. 15, 2018
So much for autumn. In parts of Pennsylvania, a wintry mix of snow and ice is already falling, with most of the state bracing for some accumulation and potentially hazardous conditions. The Pa. Department of Health has offered some tips for shoveling safely, and AAA has some helpful hints for driving in severe weather. Remember to check on your neighbors, too!
'Legacy prescribing' a problem in primary care Nov. 14, 2018
Nearly half of patients have been prescribed a medication for longer than necessary. Medscape reports a recent study in Annals of Family Medicine has discovered that "legacy prescribing" - the prescription of drugs for a longer period than is typically needed to treat a condition - is a major problem in the primary care setting, which is often the coordinating center and gatekeeper.
What are Pa. patients treating with medical marijuana? Nov. 13, 2018
Chronic pain tops the list of conditions that Pennsylvania patients are using medical marijuana to treat. According to Philly.com, an informal survey has found up to 70 percent of patients are using the treatment for pain. Other common conditions include epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and autism, with dispensary officials claiming anecdotal evidence of success.