A change of heart: As evidence mounts, fewer doctors perform unnecessary angioplasties

From the Star:

A study published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that the number of elective angioplasties has fallen by a third in just five years. That mean tens of thousands of people are avoiding a procedure that may have done them little or no good but that costs on average $27,000 and may require years of drug therapy to avoid complications.

Meanwhile, a second new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that even after 15 years, patients who chose medication and lifestyle changes over angioplasty were no more likely to die than those who chose the procedure.

Michigan Freestanding ED Closes

From MLive:

The emergency department at Bronson Vicksburg Outpatient Center will close Dec. 31, 2015.

Laura Howard, system director of Bronson Healthcare, said Bronson Methodist Hospital will be closing its satellite emergency department because the Vicksburg location has been experiencing a steady decline in the number of emergency patients it sees each year, as well as in the acuity of illnesses and injuries it treats.

More school nurses carrying Narcan

From WCVB:

School nurses are increasingly preparing to join the frontlines in the battle against heroin addiction.

MetroWest Daily News says as heroin and prescription opioid abuse continues to ravage communities across the nation, a growing number of schools are equipping their nurses with the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, often referred to by the brand name Narcan. More than half the school districts in Massachusetts have joined the trend.