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America’s Life Expectancy Is Lowest in 20 Years

Americans are dying younger today, and nobody is sure why

Life expectancy in the United States dropped for the first time in nearly two decades in 2015, according to a recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics. The decrease followed a several-year stretch in which the nation’s life … Continue reading

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AMA Votes to Eliminate Pain as the Fifth Vital Sign

Physician group says patient perception of pain is "too subjective" to be reliable

In a move that was unsurprising to those who have been following the “opioid epidemic” in the United States, the American Medical Association declared in June that it was rescinding its recommendation that pain be assessed as the “fifth vital … Continue reading

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