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GI surgical outcomes worse with preop use of opioids, sedatives

(HealthDay)—Preoperative opioid and sedative use are risk factors for morbidity and mortality following colorectal resections, according to a study published in the July issue of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. Tong Gan, M.D., from University of Kentucky in Lexington, and colleagues retrospectively evaluated the impact of preoperative opioid, sedative, and antidepressant use on postoperative […]

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A second COVID-19 wave could be avoided if social distancing and the use of face masks are maintained: study

Individual behavior will have a significant effect on preventing a large second wave of COVID-19 infections. In fact, maintaining social distancing and other interventions such as the use of face masks and hand hygiene could remove the need for future lockdowns, according to a modeling study performed by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), […]