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Demystifying Conversion Disorder: A Guide for Primary Care Clinicians

By July 26, 2017

Assessing conversion disorder and distinguishing it from other conditions can be challenging.

Patient Experiences Severe Paralysis After Trigger-Point Injection Therapy

By June 22, 2017

Initially, the patient experienced no complications. But approximately 12 hours following therapy, he awoke with shortness of breath and functional quadriplegia.

Genetics Should Play a Bigger Role in Clinical Decision-Making

June 21, 2017

As home genetic testing grows, patients will be bringing their results to physicians for reaction and response. Physicians will need to be proactively prepared.

Why Amazon's Move into the Rx Market May Negatively Impact Patient Care

June 14, 2017

When consumers take drugs, they become patients, not just customers.

Common Medications and Substances that May Induce Hypertension

By June 13, 2017

The three major mechanisms by which medications induce hypertension are volume retention, sympathomimetic activation, and direct vasoconstriction.

Next Steps for HCV Patients Post-SVR: Best Practice Recommendations

By May 16, 2017

A clinical practice update for patients who have achieved a sustained virologic response following antiviral treatment for HCV infection.

A Recipe for Antibiotic Success May be Found in Medieval Texts

May 02, 2017

If the current situation does not change, it is estimated that drug-resistant infections will kill 10 million people per year by 2050.

Treatment Adherence in Schizophrenia: Which Antipsychotic Is Best?

By April 20, 2017

According to the adjusted results from a recent study, second generation antipsychotic long-acting injectable medications were linked to consistently more adherence and persistence when compared to oral antipsychotic patients.

Pharmacotherapy and Obesity: A Review of Treatment Options

April 12, 2017

Pharmacologic agents can have "unpredictable and variable effects on a patient's weight."

Patient Dies After Physician, Pharmacist Miss Important Drug Alert

By April 04, 2017

This case looks at the very important issue of drug information - specifically what should health care practitioners know about a medication before it is prescribed to a patient.

ASIPP: Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain

By February 23, 2017

The updated guidelines focus on safe and effective opioid prescribing practices.

AACE/ACE 2017 T2DM Algorithm: New Therapies and Management Approaches

By February 17, 2017

Building on previous algorithms, the 2017 edition includes an updated section on lifestyle therapy as well as a discussion of all classes of obesity, antihyperglycemic, lipid-lowering, and hypertensive medications approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through December 2016.

Drugs Often Overlooked as a Cause of Chronic Diarrhea

By February 09, 2017

Over 700 drugs have been associated with causing diarrhea.

Controversial Kratom Growing in Popularity

January 31, 2017

Due to a huge public response, the DEA retracted its notice of intent to classify kratom as a schedule I drug, pending further review.

Conversations for Health: An Innovative Educational Tool for Reducing Antibiotic Overuse

By January 10, 2017

Conversations for Health, an innovative simulation, offers clinicians the ability to engage in role-play conversations about antibiotics with virtual patients as a way to build competency to effectively lead them in real-life.

Ringing in the New Year: Medical Innovations for 2017

By January 03, 2017

What exciting new medical developments can we look forward to in 2017?

OPIAD Management Requires a Multidisciplinary Care Team Approach

By December 13, 2016

Despite initial recognition of opioid-induced androgen deficiency (OPIAD) as a possible consequence of opioid use more than four decades ago, few studies have systematically investigated hormonal changes induced by long-term opioid administration.

The HIV Treatment Continuum: Recommendations for Improving Future Outcomes

By November 30, 2016

An estimated 70% of US persons living with HIV are not virally suppressed.

Treatment Options for the Management of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

By November 17, 2016

Adherence to treatment is often a concern.

Pharmacological Management of Bipolar Depression

By November 16, 2016

The primary goals of therapy in bipolar depression are to achieve complete remission, decrease the risk of suicidality, maintain and/or improve quality of life (QOL) and functioning, and prevent affective switches from depression to mania.

Review: Vitamin K Supplementation

November 15, 2016

In addition to its role in hemostasis, vitamin K plays a pivotal role in the metabolism of calcium in the human body.

Seizures in School: Factors Clinicians Should Consider When Creating an Action Plan

By November 09, 2016

Managing epilepsy in school settings can be quite challenging. This problem is further complicated because administration of seizure rescue medications by someone other than a nurse may be illegal in some jurisdictions.

Treatment Approaches for Resistant vs. Refractory Hypertension

By November 08, 2016

Each term has become more defined and the differences between them have become more evident.

Is Vitamin D Effective in Managing Depression?

By October 26, 2016

It is estimated that approximately 1 billion people worldwide have vitamin D insufficiencies or deficiencies, even in warm and sunny climates.

Web of Possibilities: The Healing Potential of Spider Silk

October 25, 2016

What was once considered ancient has now been resurrected and is the topic of solid research.

RSV-Naïve Infants Pose a Challenge to RSV Vaccine Development

By October 25, 2016

The hunt is on for a vaccine against deadly respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), but a poor understanding of the molecular mechanisms of infection and acquired immunity have slowed vaccine research and development.

MS Treatment Strategies: A Review of Disease-Modifying Therapies

By October 14, 2016

Multiple factors may indicate the use of aggressive treatment.

Review: Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Outcomes

By October 04, 2016

The AHRQ was commissioned to provide updates regarding the effects of n-3 FA on CVD.

ADHD in Schizophrenia Patients: Recommendations for Managing a Common Comorbidity

By September 29, 2016

Not only is it difficult to diagnose patients who suffer from both of these disorders, treatment is challenging due to the controversial evidence regarding appropriate therapy.

Expert Opinion: Effective Management of Noninfectious Uveitis

By September 27, 2016

Part of the challenge of effective management of noninfectious uveitis is that it is not really a single disease, but a constellation of many different ones.