Latest by Karen Gaudette Brewer

Opioid pain killers spilling out of an orange pill bottle.
Medication

Patients Expect Opioids After Surgery, Crisis or Not

Surgery patients expect their physicians will prescribe opioids to manage recovery pain, and they perceive these highly addictive drugs as superior to all others despite growing concerns about addiction and side effects.

Confused senior in a grocery store.
Cognitive Impairment

Does Heart Valve Surgery Affect Cognition in Older Adults?

An older adult's ability to think, remember, and make decisions can be diminished in the first month following heart valve surgery.