New tech delivers post-op pain relief; Iowa telemedicine for abortion pills set back by legislature;

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> New technology could efficiently deliver post-operation pain relief, MedPage Today reports. In a trial, active and placebo therapy was delivered to patients via the NanoTab system, and patients randomized to the drug sufentanil reported significantly less pain in the first 48 hours following abdominal surgery than did those in a control group. Article

> The Iowa state legislature could deal a serious blow to advances in telemedicine that allows for administering abortion-causing medication. House File 173, winning initial approval in the House earlier this week, would require doctors to administer abortion-causing drug mifepristone in person, which effectively would end telemedicine for the procedure, the Des Moines Register reports. Article

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> Electronic health records can be used to help identify patients in need of color cancer screening and help encourage them to obtain the screening, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Article

> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services this week announced the appointment of new committee members for its Health IT Standards and Health IT Policy Committees. Article

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> Federal investigators say Littleton Adventist Hospital failed to properly screen patients for psychiatric problems in its emergency room and may have sent some of them to jail, detox or other medical facilities--highlighting the need to overhaul emergency psychiatric services, the Denver Post reported. Article

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