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  • Opioid Prescriptions See Largest Annual Drop in 25 YearsFactors driving the decline in opioid prescriptions include major clinical guideline shifts, payer reimbursement controls, and regulatory and legislative restrictions; meanwhile, overall use of medications continued to rise in 2017, a new report shows.
  • What's Hot at AAN 2018?'Interaction and innovation' is the theme of this year's AAN Annual Meeting, says the vice chair of the meeting's science committee, who hints of other hot topics to be presented.
  • Mild TBI May Elevate Parkinson's Disease RiskVeterans diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury have a 56% increased risk for Parkinson's disease, a large retrospective cohort study shows.
  • Wachter: Why Home Hospitals Are Not a ThreatThe future of hospitalists is safe because factors other than the lower cost of care seem to be affecting the uptake of the home hospital, experts report.

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