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Morning Medical Update: Sedentary habits harm bones; Malpractice lawsuits over denied abortions; Gallons of missing fentanyl lead to big fines

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Sedentary habits harm bones

A recent study compared the results of bone density scans after physical and sedentary activities. Researchers found that the more immobile a subject was, the greater their risk for osteoporosis, specifically in the lumbar region. Other studies have found a sedentary lifestyle increased production of parathyroid hormone which impact bone formation.

Malpractice lawsuits over denied abortions

Denied abortions may soon be grounds for malpractice lawsuits. A Kaiser Health News poll revealed that 59% of OB-GYNs practicing in states with gestational abortion limits are somewhat or very concerned about their legal risk when making decisions in relation to abortions.

Gallons of missing fentanyl led to big fines

A hospital in New Hampshire will pay $2 million in fines for its connection to an incident which resulted in the disappearance of nearly 700 bags of fentanyl. When the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated in April, agents discovered that an additional 17,961 units of controlled substances were gone. The chief nursing officer, pharmacy director, and a pharmacist have all been fired as a result. An additional nurse died in 2022 before she could be charged.

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