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JAOA cannabis study covered by CNN, Newsweek, Reuters, Vice and others

Patients who regularly use cannabis can require more than two times the usual level of sedation when undergoing medical procedures, the study found.



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Life outside medicine: These DOs paint, play music and raise chickens

Maintaining a well-balanced life outside of medicine is key to productivity within the profession. Learn how creative pursuits, yoga and culinary education help some DOs find work-life balance.

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Leading the way: Apply to serve on an AOA bureau, council or committee

The AOA is accepting applications and nominations for open leadership positions on its 2019-20 bureaus, councils, and committees. Applications and nominations must be submitted by Monday, May 20.



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Money matters: How much money doctors are making in 2019

The average doctor salary has increased by about $13,000 year over year, according to Medscape’s annual physician compensation reports.

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U.S.-trained DOs recognized as equal to MDs in 20 African countries

The Association of Medical Councils of Africa recently approved a resolution recognizing U.S.-trained DOs as fully licensed physicians with practice rights equivalent to MDs.

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Gen X, older millennials are drinking too much and underestimate the impact on their health, addiction specialists warn

Chicago—April 9, 2019—Osteopathic physicians who specialize in addiction medicine find adults in their mid-30s to 40s are drinking too much, too often. A new online poll conducted on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association by The Harris Poll adds to other data that shows a rise in daily drinking and binge-drinking among adults who have … Read More

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