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  • Hospitals Hone New Message in Wake of Opioid Epidemic: Expect Pain “We really do have a lot of responsibility and culpability,” says one hospital official who is part of a working group trying to address the opioid epidemic. Patients have to expect more pain after surgery and understand the risk of addiction, says another doctor.
 
  • Endocrinologist Allegedly Ran Pill Mill, Murdered His Wife An endocrinologist has been charged with the murder of his wife almost 6 years after she was shot dead. Prosecutors say he was embroiled in a scheme with a motorcycle gang to illegally prescribe opiates.
  • Patients Prefer Surgery for Appendicitis, Survey Shows Most people choose surgery for appendicitis, but almost 10% choose antibiotics alone, suggesting surgeons should describe the risks and benefits of this option to patients.
 

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