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Cost may not keep people from filling opioid addiction treatment prescriptions
Only a small percentage of buprenorphine prescriptions go unfilled, even when patients have to pay more out of pocket, suggesting need to remove other barriers to continuous prescriptions
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Cost may not keep people from filling opioid addiction treatment prescriptions
Buprenorphine prescriptions almost always get filled by those who receive them to treat opioid addiction, even when costs are higher, suggesting more effort is needed to increase prescribing.
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Getting ahead of aortic disease
Patient bypasses a life threatening aortic aneurysm with the help of Michigan Medicine's genetic counseling and a streamlined cardiac referral program.
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How to get into medical school
Admissions officers and students share valuable insight into the medical school application process, life in medical school, and more.
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Children’s life-threating experiences leads one mom into new nursing career
Naomi Schafer's journey to nursing was inspired by her children's health crises. Now, she brings compassion and hope to cancer patients at University of Michigan Health-Sparrow Lansing.
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Bedtime battles: 1 in 4 parents say their child can’t go to sleep because they’re worried or anxious
Many bedtime battles stem from children’s after dark worries, suggests a national poll.
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Pre-op visits by video? Most surgeons say no – but open to post-op telehealth
A survey of surgeons shows most aren’t in favor of operating on a patient they’ve never seen in person, but many are open to telehealth appointments after a successful operation.
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More hospitals than ever require staff to get flu shots
Flu vaccination mandates for hospital staff have increased in recent years, especially at hospitals serving veterans
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Circadian rhythm drives the release of important immune cells
A study shows circadian rhythm drives the release of important immune cells in the body.
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Improving access to HPV testing
A new initiative is aiming to raise awareness and improve accessibility to HPV testing. Diane Harper, M.D., M.P.H. M.S., discusses it and the importance of screening for HPV.
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Can preventing inflammation improve heart and brain health?
Michigan Medicine research study aims to address inflammation’s role in diseases of the heart and brain.
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Studies uncover the critical role of sleep in the formation of memories
Two new studies from University of Michigan reveal what's happening inside the brain during sleep and sleep deprivation to help or harm the formation of memories.
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New risk equation could mean preventive statins for far fewer Americans
The tool, based on updated information about atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, could mean fewer people would be recommended to take statin medications