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The Medical Minute: How To Safely Dispose Of Opioids

Cleaning out your medicine cabinet is about more than having a tidy bathroom. In an age of opioid addiction, it can also prevent leftover medications from getting into the wrong hands.

Dr. Alexis Reedy-Cooper, a staff physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, said opioid addiction continues to increase, and Pennsylvania is no exception. In fact, it is one of the top five states affected by the issue.

Doctors typically prescribe opioids to patients who break a bone or who are recovering from surgery. The dosage is a delicate balance between keeping the patient comfortable and preventing addiction.

“We try to give patients just enough so that there won’t be a lot of leftovers, but we can’t always guess how much someone is going to need,” Reedy-Cooper said. “We want patients to use the lowest dose necessary and use it for the least amount of time.”

Leftover pills can

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Houston Methodist To Bring Successful Sepsis Reduction Program To Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

Houston Methodist Global Health Services is working with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Health to decrease sepsis across the entire area.

On the heels of a Houston visit by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Houston Methodist Global Health Services, the international arm of Houston Methodist, will be the first US health care-based entity to undertake such an effort, as part of the Kingdom's ambitious program of social and economic renewal.

The Saudi Patient Safety Center, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Houston Methodist, will launch the first national sepsis reduction campaign in the Kingdom, using a successful sepsis prevention and reduction program created at Houston Methodist Hospital.

"We've had a longstanding business relationship with Saudi Arabia, implementing programs for medical students and physicians and guiding health care provider

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Easter Seals Greater Houston Serving The Most Vulnerable During Harvey Recovery Thanks In Large Part To The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Easter Seals Greater Houston is proud of its long standing history of serving babies, children and adults with disabilities and veterans as well as their families through multiple life-changing services in a 16 county area. As one might imagine, Easter Seals Greater Houston and its staff have seen their share of tragedies and also amazing successes in the agency's 70+ year history. Though there have been severe storms and hurricanes, the rewards of teaching children to walk and talk that were never supposed to, watching a young adult walk across the high school and college graduation stage against all odds, and the countless other success stories of helping clients achieve their fullest potential far outweigh the hard times.

Most recently, along with the greater Houston area, the nonprofit experienced Hurricane Harvey. Having learned many lessons through their extensive work with Katrin

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Brain Scans May Help Diagnose Neurological, Psychiatric Disorders

There are no laboratory tests to diagnose migraines, depression, bipolar disorder and many other ailments of the brain. Doctors typically gauge such illnesses based on self-reported symptoms and behavior.

Now, a new study shows that a kind of brain scan called functional connectivity MRI (fcMRI) – which shows how brain regions interact – can reliably detect fundamental differences in how individual brains are wired. As such, the technique potentially could be used to distinguish healthy people from people with brain diseases or disorders, and provide insight into variations in cognitive ability and personality traits.

The findings are published in Neuron.

“This is a step toward realizing the clinical promise of functional connectivity MRI,” said senior author Steven Petersen, PhD, the James S. McDonnell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in Neurology and a professor of neurosurgery,

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