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Podcast # 356: Babies can’t be born addicted

Author: Don Stader, MD. Educational Pearls: A baby can be born dependent on opioids but not addicted to them. Opioid addiction (Opioid Use Disorder) is a disease of mature brains and is characterized by compulsive drug use despite adverse consequences. Opioid addiction is a disease that affects the reward center of the brain Pregnant patients…

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Podcast # 328: Sleep Deprivation

Author: Sam Killian, MD Educational Pearls: Insufficient sleep and disrupted circadian rhythms are a major health problem today Millions of dollars, thousands of deaths, and millions of  injuries are related to sleep deprivation every year 56 billion dollars – 24,000 deaths – 2.5 million disabiling injuries related to a sleep-type deprivation Exxon valdez, challanger, chyrnobel…

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Podcast #313: Flu Screening

Author: Peter Bakes, M.D. Educational Pearls: High risk patients: underlying lung disease, immunocompromised, extremes of age (<2 or >65), underlying cardiac/renal/neurologic disease, and pregnant women. Testing: RT-PCR (RNA based test that is both sensitive and specific) Workup: comorbidities dictate whether or not they are screened; CXR indicated in high risk patients with respiratory symptoms. Morbidity…

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Podcast #308: Ultrasound in Cardiac Arrest

Author: Aaron Lessen, M.D. Educational Pearls: There is currently debate within the medical community about what constitutes cardiac activity on ultrasound in the setting of cardiac arrest. A recent study has shown there providers looking at the same clips from an echo will disagree about what constitutes cardiac activity. Some of the confusion stems from…

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Podcast #305: Stuffers vs. Packers : Drug-Packet Ingestion

Author: Aaron Lessen, M.D. Educational Pearls A “stuffer” is a term for someone who hastily and conceals a bag of drugs orally/rectally/vaginally in an unplanned situation. A “packer” is someone who is planning to smuggle drugs, and does so in a similar manner.   “Stuffers”are more likely to have the drug container open up in…

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Podcast #302: Flu

Author: Jared Scott, M.D. Educational Pearls Flu is widespread throughout the US (through Jan 20th 2018). All age groups have seen surge in hospitalizations, but 65 + age group has seen the largest surge in hospitalizations due to flu. New recommendations for treating with Tamiflu! Treat the following high-risk groups at any stage of illness:…

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Opioid Safety Summit: Admiral Winnefeld’s Strategy to Wage War on the Opioid Epidemic

Since the tragic overdose of his son, Admiral Winnefeld has developed an intriguing strategy on how to combat the Opioid Epidemic.

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Dreamland in Denver

Thank you to all of our speakers, sponsors, volunteers and listeners for contributing to the success of Dreamland in Denver!   Dreamland in Denver Part I: “No Family is S.A.F.E. …Yet” Admiral James Winnefeld and Mary Winnefeld speak publicly for the first time about the tragic overdose of their son, Jonathon, and how ‘No Family…

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Podcast #284: Plane Emergencies

Author: Erik Verzemnieks, M.D. Educational Pearls 1/600 flights has an on-board request for medical assistance. Most common complaints on board include: syncope, respiratory complaints, and GI complaints. Most of the time, these are exacerbations of underlying chronic conditions. Except for situations involving gross negligence, the Aviation Assistance Act protects providers from legal action as long…

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