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2012-03-07 10:51:59

Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with mental health diagnoses, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder, are more likely to receive prescription opioid medications for pain-related conditions, have higher-risk opioid use patterns and increased adverse clinical outcomes associated with opioid use than veterans with no mental health diagnoses, according to a study in the March 7 issue of JAMA. Greater exposure to combat coupled with improvements in battlefield medicine and protective gear...

Doctor Facing Murder Charges In Patient OD Deaths
2012-03-05 06:09:53

A California doctor is facing murder charges following the death of three of her patients, all of whom were died as a result of prescription drug overdoses, various media outlets reported over the weekend. According to Marisa Taylor of ABC News, 42-year-old Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, an osteopathic physician from Rowland Heights, reportedly wrote an average of 25 prescriptions per day over the past three years. Tseng, who the Associated Press (AP) said has been nicknamed "Dr....

2012-03-02 13:46:12

Abstinence therapy safer, preferable, according to a report in Mayo Clinic Proceedings Many health care professionals (HCPs) have easy access to controlled medications and the diversion and abuse of drugs among this group may be as high as 10%. Controversy surrounds the safety of allowing addicted HCPs to return to clinical practice while undergoing medical treatment with opioid substitution therapy such as buprenorphine. In the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Heather Hamza, CRNA,...

2012-03-02 01:14:46

Opioids are a mainstay of care in the critical care unit, but their use frequently causes constipation which can lead to adverse outcomes including delayed feeding and later discharge from the ICU. Researchers from London, UK, and Chicago, IL, have found that methylnaltrexone (MNTX), a peripheral opioid antagonist, may restore bowel function in critically ill patients. Their retrospective study appears in the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. "We found MNTX to be very effective in...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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