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Diagnosing and Treating Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

By July 17, 2017

A recent opinion piece by Struyvenberg et al. aims to address the existing myths, remove the current confusion, and function as a practical guide to the diagnosis and treatment of EPI.

From Treatment to Training: 5 Uses of Virtual Reality in Healthcare

June 27, 2017

Virtual reality is much more than just a new form of entertainment, it is increasingly being used in a wide range of medical applications.

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.

Adolescent Immunization Initiative Puts Focus on Vaccines at 16 Years of Age

June 20, 2017

A subtle but significant change took place in the 2017 adolescent immunization schedule when the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) created a separate column just for 16-year-olds.

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.

Clinicians Discuss the Pros and Cons of Medical Scribes

By May 04, 2017

The use of scribes has garnered a generally positive research base for being effective in improving clinician satisfaction. Nevertheless, there are concerns regarding a potentially negative impact on the physician-patient relationship.

Cause Celeb: How Star Power Impacts Public Health

By March 16, 2017

It is important not to be annoyed or dismiss celebrity-recommended remedies, as this can weaken the physician-patient relationship, especially "in cases of strong celebrity adoration."

Drugs Often Overlooked as a Cause of Chronic Diarrhea

By February 09, 2017

Over 700 drugs have been associated with causing diarrhea.

From Resolutions to Results: Strategies for Helping Patients Reach Their Health Goals

By January 24, 2017

Patrice Harris, MD, Chair, AMA Board of Trustees, discusses how clinicians can help patients stay on track and keep their New Year's Resolutions.

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.

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.

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.

Six Popular Supplements Used for Diabetes Management

By October 21, 2016

Although use of dietary supplements is not always recommended, it is best for clinicians to be knowledgeable about the safety and efficacy data surrounding them in order to assist patients who choose to use them.

Reducing Diagnostic Errors: Time, Technology May Help

August 23, 2016

When a person goes to the doctor, there's usually one thing they want: a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, a path toward wellness can begin. In some cases, diagnoses are fairly obvious. But in others, they aren't.

Psoriasis and Cardiovascular Disease: Do Biologics Help Reduce Risk?

By June 15, 2016

The reasons for higher rates of MI among patients with psoriasis remain unclear.

Is 'Touch' on Its Way Out in Contemporary Healthcare?

May 24, 2016

Novelist and physician Abraham Verghese has argued that touching is one of the most important features of the patient-physician interaction.

The Theranos Story Reminds the Medical World of its Greatest Burden: Proof

April 22, 2016

The last few months have witnessed the unraveling of the remarkable life sciences company Theranos, culminating in the latest news that federal regulators may ban founder Elizabeth Holmes from the blood-testing industry for at least 2 years.

Treatments for Low Back Pain: Examining the Evidence for Efficacy

April 12, 2016

What are the comparative benefits and harms of different pharmacologic therapies?

Clinician Relies on Patient's Assumption, Overlooks Deadly Diagnosis

April 05, 2016

Dr. P was a 60-year old primary care physician with his own solo practice. He'd been in practice for himself for the past two decades, and had no shortage of patients.

Who Should Get It? Decision-Making in the Time of Drug Shortage

February 25, 2016

The United States is facing a shortage of prescription drugs, ranging from antibiotics to cancer treatments. These shortages are putting the medical profession in the frequent position of deciding who will get the drugs that are in short supply and, more importantly, who will not.

Medical Research is Reaching Greater Levels of Transparency

January 19, 2016

Greater transparency is being promoted in clinical research, according to a health policy brief published online in Health Affairs.

The Medical Pop-Up Book That Was a 17th Century Best-Seller

By January 15, 2016

A medical flap book from the 17th century that details the human anatomy has been fully digitized.

Is the Future of Medicine in the Hands of a Primary Care Droid?

December 30, 2015

Droids won't be replacing doctors any time soon, but that doesn't mean that technology doesn't have a place in medicine.

The Strangest and Most Obscure ICD-10 Codes

By October 02, 2015

With ICD-10 things are going to get pretty specific...just how specific? Well...

The Transition to ICD-10: Are You Ready?

By September 29, 2015

The newly expanded codes in ICD-10 will grant healthcare professionals greater specificity and clinical accuracy for noting procedures and diagnoses, but could also present obstacles and headaches in the transition from the previous ICD-9 codes.

Time to Hang Up White Coats for Good?

September 24, 2015

You wouldn't want to be cared for by a doctor who doesn't wash his or her hands. You wouldn't want to be operated on with instruments that weren't sterilized or stay in a hospital room that wasn't cleaned regularly. Why would you want to be treated by a doctor wearing a white coat that hasn't been washed in a week? Many white coats are covered in bacteria like MRSA - they are dirty. And it's time to hang them up for good.

The Clinician's Guide to In-Flight Emergencies

September 22, 2015

Physicians are frequently called upon to assist fellow passengers who are ill during flight. A recent article addresses the ethical and legal considerations for physicians who provide medical services to patients during commercial flights.