Pain Mis-Management?

 

The War on Drugs, and the offensive against opioids, has collateral damage with faces and names. A friend with cerebral palsy spends every night in the jaws of pain. All day, his mind and body generate enough natural pain suppression to keep him mobile and rational. Then it is time to sleep, to let his […]

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You May Get A Choice

 

Of antimalarial. There are many. They vary in price, and sometimes availability – once, before a certain Amazonian trip, I had to settle for an alternative because the U.S. military had snapped up supplies of the preferred drug, in preparation for some war somewhere. They also vary according to how long before, how often during, […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are thrilled to hear House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi state she will run for Speaker of the House if Democrats win back the majority. It’s hard to imagine a better talking point for GOP candidates. They also cringe as Vice President Mike Pence gives a shout out to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a visit to Arizona, noting Arpaio’s controversial record and how he would be a sure-fire loser if nominated for the U.S. Senate. And they’re not exactly shocked to learn that Donald Trump dictated the glowing, over-the-top letter released by his doctor in the 2016 campaign that vowed he would be the healthiest person ever to be president of the United States.

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Lost in Translation

 

We speak the same language, but sometimes it seems as though the same word can mean a different thing over in England, doesn’t it? More

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Alfie Is Why We Have the Second Amendment

 

Over at National Review, David French writes about the surprising number of Americans who seem to be okay with a toddler being starved to death over the course of the last several days in the UK:

Applying the philosophy of the founding to a case like Alfie Evans’s yields a clear result. The state exists to protect the life and liberty of its citizens. Both are in play here: Alfie’s life and the liberty of his parents to in good faith and with due consideration make health-care decisions on behalf of their sick child. Raised against the backdrop of American liberty, there are millions of Americans who understand this reality almost instinctively, without knowing an ounce of constitutional law. Their very spirit rebels against Great Britain’s actions.

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Why Alfie Cannot Leave

 

Many around the world have expressed dismay, outrage and surprise that British doctors (and now, two British courts) have ruled that little Alfie Evans must be forcibly prevented from leaving the UK to receive the medical care offered to him (for free) in Italy, or even from being allowed to go home to die.

Instead, he must remain to die in Alder Hey Hospital, under the watchful eyes of those who have rightfully assumed ownership of his person.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are cautiously optimistic after the Supreme Court appears to support the constitutionality of President Trump’s proposed travel ban. They also shake their heads at the sudden outrage over presidential physician Admiral Ronny Jackson, as Democrat Sen. Jon Tester and the media run wild with stories of Jackson’s drunkenness and prescription drug recklessness, yet somehow none of this ever came to light while Jackson served as doctor to President Obama and his family. And they sigh as the conservative love affair and liberal outrage over Kanye West hits another level after Kanye tweets that he loves Trump, slams Obama, and Kim Kardashian tweets in strong support of Kanye’s right to think for himself.

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Alfie and the Failure of Medical Ethics

 

The case of Alfie Evans once again brings to light the ethical and moral landmines that are promulgated as governments intrude further and further into the personal lives of its citizens.

Young Alfie suffers from a so-far unknown and undiagnosed congenital ailment that has left him in a near-vegetative state since late 2016. As such, the officials of the UK’s National Health Service have brought it upon themselves to hasten the death of the child … for his own well-being.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo win the vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, thanks to a change of heart by Rand Paul and Democrat Chris Coons bailing out the poor leadership of Chairman Bob Corker. They also recoil at the Toronto attack carried out by a van driver, who sped a mile down city sidewalks, killing 10 and injuring 15. They marvel at how easily the media moved on to different stories since the weapon wasn’t a gun and there’s no immediate link to jihad. And they rail against the British government for trying to stop the parents of Alfie Evans from seeking additional opportunities to save their son’s life, a truly frightening result of government expansion.

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My Experience with the VA

 

On Monday I went to visit my parents back in Ohio. Mom and dad are now in a nursing home. Dad needed me to take him to the VA to get his hearing aids checked and repaired — I hadn’t been able to talk on the phone with him for a month, and finally found out his hearing aids were “broken.”

This particular VA office (On Waterloo Road in Akron) had open hours of Mondays and Tuesdays, 9–11 am. No appointment was necessary — just walk in (or in my dad’s case, roll in). I was ready to settle in for a daylong wait.

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Defacing our future

 

The mug shot accompanying a New York Post story, about a woman who allegedly planned to bomb a convenience store, called to mind an encounter in a McDonald’s some time ago. The two incidents, together, prompt reflection on law and society. Perhaps we, collectively, should do more than turn away from people who choose to […]

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On this AEI Events Podcast, AEI welcomes Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) alongside an esteemed panel to discuss “The Numbers Behind the Opioid Epidemic,” a report from the Joint Economic Committee’s Social Capital Project.

The Social Capital Project of the Joint Economic Committee is a multiyear research effort investigating the quality of the nation’s associational life — a term applied to the web of social relationships such as families, communities, and workplaces. A recent report from the project titled “The Numbers Behind the Opioid Crisis” suggests that a focus on economic sources of despair is unlikely to be productive and that social disrepair is the stronger force.

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Something Needs to Change

 

Workplace violence is something that some people will experience.

Workplace violence is something that almost all nurses and many other healthcare workers will experience. These incidents of violence are not just from confused patients; many times it is family members or friends threatening the wellbeing of the staff. As understanding as we are, assault should not be tolerated.

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Vice President Pence for going to North Dakota and hammering Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for her liberal votes on health care, taxes, abortion, energy and more – in a sign the Republicans are getting on message early in the states with the best pickup opportunities. They also take aim at Heitkamp’s attempt to look strong on the second amendment after the senator makes a pathetic attempt to liken passion for gun rights similar to passion for abortion rights. And they slam “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff, who is now admitting he is an observer rather than a journalist and says his job “has nothing to do with the truth.”

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The Opioid Use Hiding Behind the Alleged Superiority of “Nonopioid” Chronic Pain Treatment

 

The SPACE randomized clinical trial, which 234 veterans with chronic back or knee pain completed, has been touted as demonstrating that opioids are superfluous to chronic pain management. According to JAMA’s summary of the trial,

In the opioid group, the first step was immediate-release morphine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone/acetaminophen. For the nonopioid group, the first step was acetaminophen (paracetamol) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Medications were changed, added, or adjusted within the assigned treatment group according to individual patient response.

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