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  Longer prescriptions make opioid abuse likelier Aug. 23, 2017
When it comes to prescribing opioids, smaller supplies are safest. HealthDay reports a new study suggests a patient who is prescribed a seven-day supply of opioids is twice as likely to begin abusing the drug as one with a two-day prescription; the days supplied is more important than dosage level or the type of pain.
 
 
  Did you stare at the sun? See your doctor Aug. 22, 2017
Despite myriad warnings about the dangers of staring directly into the sun, NPR reports Google searches for "my eyes hurt" spiked dramatically after yesterday's eclipse event. Symptoms of eye damage, including blurred vision and seeing spots, are very serious - anyone with these signs should see a doctor immediately.
 
 
  Pa. ranks low in health IT among states Aug. 17, 2017
Using recent information from the Center for Data Innovation, Health Data Management has ranked all 50 states for use of electronic health records, or EHRs. Pennsylvania comes in at a troubling 43 on the list, with 78 percent of hospitals adopting a basic EHR and just 73 percent of physicians using a certified EHR.

 
  Teen drug overdoses double since 1999 Aug. 16, 2017
In the midst of other tragedies like war and economic strife, teen drug overdose quietly spiked between 1999 and 2015. According to NBC News, 772 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 died in 2015 from overdosing on drugs, at a rate of 3.7 per 100,000, up from 1.6 per 100,000 just 16 years before. 
 
 
  Featured: Big changes this year for back-to-school vaccines 
This year, the grace period for students entering kindergarten to get vaccines or prove they're scheduled to receive them has been shortened from eight months to five days, reports PennLive. A second meningococcal shot must also be administered. Visit the Pa. Department of Health for full information!
 
 
 
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