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Doctors tell their stories about the effects of mass shootings

On June 12, 2016, Dr. Chadwick Smith was not thinking about mass shootings. Most likely, he was planning for his 10th wedding anniversary celebration, scheduled for three weeks later. But at 2 a.m., he received a call from the emergency medicine resident at the Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC). They would be receiving several gunshot patients, and could Dr. Smith, the trauma surgeon on call, please head for the emergency room ambulance bay? When he arrived, there were patients. More than several. “The patients just started to roll in…there was…

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Trump opioid panel wants drug courts, training for doctors

President Donald Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis called Wednesday for more drug courts, more training for doctors and penalties for insurers that dodge covering addiction treatment. The panel’s final report stopped short, however, of calling for new dollars to address the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. Instead, the commission asked Congress for “sufficient funds” and suggested giving the White House drug czar’s office the ability to review federal spending on the problem. “If we are to invest in combating this epidemic, we must invest in only those programs…

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AP Exclusive: Doctors clash over euthanasia for mentally ill

After struggling with mental illness for years, Cornelia Geerts was so desperate to die that she asked her psychiatrist to kill her. Her sister worried that Geerts’ judgment was compromised. The 59-year-old was taking more than 20 pills a day, including antidepressants, an opioid, a tranquilizer, and two medicines often used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. But about a year later, on October 7, 2014, Geerts received a lethal dose of drugs from her doctor. “I know it was Cornelia’s wish, but I said to the psychiatrist that it…

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Heart transplant survivor runs half-marathon with her team of doctors

Kristin Marx finished the Milwaukee Half-Marathon Sunday, surrounded by family, friends and her cardiac-care team. It was a huge accomplishment for Marx, 37, who said she’d come up with the “crazy idea” with her sister-in-law one day in July. “We thought, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to do a half-marathon.’ It was kind of in a joking way and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit to it because I have never run a half-marathon in my life,” Marx said. It was also a huge deal because more than…

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Doctors warn of rare but serious liposuction complication

Doctors are highlighting a rare but serious complication of liposuction, which can lead to fat globules entering the lungs. They reported on the case of a 45-year-old woman who developed respiratory failure after fat was sucked out of her lower legs and knees. She recovered from the life-threatening condition, the Birmingham medics said. Liposuction is increasingly common in the UK and being carried out in higher risk patients, the BMJ report said. Dr Adam Ali, from Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals intensive care unit, said no previous case of fat…

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Nerf guns can lead to serious eye injuries, doctors warn

Bullets from Nerf guns can cause serious eye injuries, doctors from a London eye hospital are warning. They treated three people with internal bleeding around the eye, pain and blurred vision after they were shot with the toy guns by children. Writing in BMJ Case reports, the doctors recommended wearing protective eye goggles and said the safe age limit for the guns may need to be reviewed. Hasbro warns players not to aim Nerf guns at the eyes or face. On its packaging, it also advises that only bullets designed…

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