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Cannabis-based products associated with chronic pain improvement, review finds

The strongest available evidence is for synthetic and extracted products with high and comparable THC-to-CBD ratios, both of which resulted in improvements in pain severity, according to a systematic review of 18 placebo-controlled trials and seven cohort studies.

Review suggests optimal dose of omega-3 fatty acids for reducing blood pressure

The optimal intake for both systolic and diastolic blood pressure reduction is 2 to 3 g/d, according to a dose-response meta-analysis of 71 randomized controlled trials, although an editorial said omega-3s “are still not fully ready for prime time.”

MKSAP Quiz: Hospitalization for shortness of breath

A 43-year-old man is hospitalized for shortness of breath, tingling in the extremities, and weakness. Three weeks ago, he had watery diarrhea that lasted 5 days. He reports no travel and no sexual contact in the past year. Following a physical and neurological exam, what is the most likely cause of this patient's neurologic syndrome?

Efforts to stop coprescribing of opioids, benzodiazepines helped, but problem ongoing

Two recent studies examined national trends in opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing, one finding that prescribing of these drugs together and separately dropped nationally, while another showing that opioid prescribing for patients with alcohol use disorder (AUD) decreased in New York.

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