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Doctors more likely to prescribe opioids at late-day appointments, study says

Doctors more likely to prescribe opioids at late-day appointments, study says

Health
Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Doctors who run late or schedule late-day appointments are more likely to prescribe opioids to patients, a discovery that might be unexpectedly contributing to the opioid epidemic, a new study says. A patient is 33 percent more likely to receive a prescription during a late-day doctor's appointment than one earlier in the day, according to a findings published Friday in Jama Open Network. They're also 17 percent more likely to receive an opioid prescription if their doctor is running at least an hour late compared to being less than 10 minutes late. "Physicians play a pivotal role in the opioid epidemic and it's important to understand what factors drive opioid prescribing," Hannah Neprash, a researcher at the University of Minnesota and study corresponding author, told ...
RBI brings in Central Fraud Registry, a likely major gamechanger for banking

RBI brings in Central Fraud Registry, a likely major gamechanger for banking

Finance
MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India will create a Central Payment Fraud Registry to monitor digital payments related frauds on a real-time basis and provide customers with periodic aggregated data of risks associated with individual payments operators in a bid to improve customer confidence in these channels. “In order to carry forward these efforts and ensure quick and systemic responses, it is proposed to facilitate the creation of a Central Payment Fraud Registry that will track these frauds,” central bank governor Shaktikanta Das said during Monetary Policy press conference. “Payment system participants will be provided access to this registry for near-real time fraud monitoring. The aggregated fraud data will be published to educate customers on emerging risks.” A detail framework on t
Dynamic bond funds with high-quality, long-duration assets likely to do well, says Dhawal Dalal of Edelweiss MF

Dynamic bond funds with high-quality, long-duration assets likely to do well, says Dhawal Dalal of Edelweiss MF

Finance
"It will be prudent to check with the fund manager and his or her views on the bond market before investing and ensure that they are in alignment with investor’s own understanding," says Dhawal Dalal, CIO-Fixed Income, Edelweiss Mutual Fund in an interview to ETmutualfunds.com .After a bad patch in the last two years, dynamic bond funds are back in focus. Many mutual fund advisors are recommending these schemes to their clients. Are they the best choice at this point? Yields of Indian Government Bonds (IGBs) and longer-dated AAA-rated PSU/PFI bonds have been trending lower since March 2019 as the Reserve Bank of India switched its focus from containing inflation to supporting economic growth. To address slowing economic growth, the RBI has lowered the repo rate by 75 basis points to 5.75%
Climate change: Heatwave made ‘at least’ five times more likely by warming

Climate change: Heatwave made ‘at least’ five times more likely by warming

Science
Last week's record breaking heatwave across much of Europe was made "at least five times" more likely to happen by climate change, say scientists.Their rapid attribution study says that rising temperatures "super-charged" the event, making it more likely to happen than through natural variability alone. Heatwaves in June are now about 4C hotter than they used to be, the researchers said. Globally, the average temperature for June was the highest on record.Heatwaves naturally occur in summertime but last week's event in many European countries was unprecedented because it happened so early, and the recorded temperatures were so high. Records were broken at locations in France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Spain.The new French record, established at Ga...
Boys more likely to need help for ‘back to school asthma’

Boys more likely to need help for ‘back to school asthma’

Health
Boys with asthma are twice as likely as girls to visit their GP with worsening symptoms during the first weeks of the new school year, research suggests. It found a tripling of appointments related to "back to school" asthma in England.Being exposed to new viruses at school and a relaxed use of inhalers over the holidays could be factors, experts say.Asthma could turn into "a ticking time bomb" during the summer holidays, Asthma UK said.In recent years, there has been a sharp rise in school-age children with asthma being admitted to hospital in September, around the start of the autumn term.These increases, called the "back to school" effect, were also found in Scotland and Wales."Back to school asthma" is thought to account for up to a quarter of serious...