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Morning Medical Update: A blueberry a day won’t keep the doctor away; Is health Care a good career path?; Integrating addiction medicine into primary care


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A blueberry a day won’t keep the doctor away

A 12-week study done in London shows that blueberries may contribute to improved heart and brain function. Participants were given a powder which equals 75-80 whole blueberries. Scientists believe blueberries get their power from a compound in their pigment which protects tissues against disease and inflammation.

Is Health Care a Good Career Path?

Pursuing a healthcare career means looking at the positives and negatives, both of which there are plenty. On one hand, employment is expected to grow 13%, but on the other, some roles, like physicians, are expected to work long and difficult hours. Some of the most in-demand healthcare specialties today are respiratory therapists, nurse anesthetists, and physicians.

Integrating Addiction Medicine into Primary Care

Introducing harm reduction into primary care offices could save lives and money, according to a new study. “Primary care offices offer a unique way to treat addiction because they are widespread throughout the country, unlike specialty treatment settings,” said Raagini Jawa, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine at Pitt’s Center for Research on Health Care and lead author of the study. Patients who are suffering from addiction usually have other health issues, all of which could be addressed at the same time.

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