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While high-dose opioids may be deadly, lower doses may be safe for symptom reduction in severe respiratory disease. For those with milder COPD, a new treatment is in testing.

Both the STAG2 protein important in cell division shows promise as a marker of nonprogression in pancreatic cancer, and a panel of 30 microRNA biomarkers may aid in early detection.

Recent advances in brain imaging allow insights into brain networks, revealing how communication channels within the brain are disrupted in psychotic disorders.

A second new drug combination has the potential to cure many patients with hepatitis C virus, including those who cannot take regimens that include interferon.

New research exonerates cholesterol and psychotropic medications as contributing factors in the increased suicide risk among bipolar patients. Lithium seems even to reduce the risk of suicide.

Research from Asia reveals predictors of vaginal ulcers and recurrence after treatment for cervical cancer.

A new position paper on prescription drug abuse from the American College of Physicians is accompanied by an editorial suggesting adjustments to opioid prescribing practice to address the problem. A separate systematic review analyzes common opioid risk mitigation strategies.

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