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  • Dramatic Jump in Heroin Use in US AdultsBoth use and abuse of heroin have jumped dramatically since the beginning of the millennium across the US. These behaviors are often preceded by the nonmedical use of prescription opioids.
  • Cancer Researcher, Under 'Review' in Ohio, Wins AACR AwardAt its annual meeting, the American Association of Cancer Research will honor Carlo Croce, MD, with a leadership award. Dr Croce is being investigated by his own university for plagiarism and research fraud.
  • Biomarker May Predict Recovery After Pediatric TBIInterhemispheric transfer time may help identify young patients with impaired white matter organization soon after TBI, who may go on to have continuing and progressive degeneration.

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  • Does the Hippocratic Oath Promote Burnout? Some doctors contend that by honorably swearing to live up to the unattainable ideals of patient care in the Hippocratic Oath, they are sowing the seeds of their own destruction.
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  • Spinal Stenosis Imaging In a study comparing CT and MRI reliability for spinal stenosis, CT overestimated the degree of stenosis 20-35% of the time and MRI overestimated the degree of stenosis 2-11% of the time.
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