Feature Articles

Lack of Communication Leads to Death

Communication is key for many professions, but in the case of the medical profession it is even more crucial. The following case is a good example of how better communication might have resulted in a better outcome for the patient.

PDAs and Shared Decision-Making in T2DM

Shared decision-making values are reflected in the recent Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, which recommends including patients with type 2 diabetes in the selection and sequencing of medications used in conjunction with metformin, taking into account efficacy, cost, side effects, impact on weight, comorbidities, hypoglycemia risk, and patient preferences.

Here's What We Know About MSM

The idea of a compound that is nearly harmless but possibly relieves some of the country's tremendous burden of osteoarthritis pain is appealing.

NSAIDs and CVD: Risks and Recommendations

Because individuals with existing cardiovascular disease (CVD) may be at particular risk for cardiovascular events if they use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a recent article reviews the safety of NSAIDs in general, and particularly in this population.

What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, by age 65 most physicians (75% in low-risk specialties and up to 99% in high-risk specialties) will have faced a medical malpractice claim.

Opioid-Induced Constipation: Targeted Interventions

“Opioids are a double-edged sword,” says William D. Chey, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI. “Patients need these drugs to manage their pain, but the drugs have difficult side effects, of which constipation is one of the most bothersome.”

Medical Crowdsourcing Saves Patient's Life

Several online social networks are catering to the unique needs of physicians via electronic communication to discuss patient cases, rare diseases, and more.

Glucomannan "Fills" Role for Weight Management

A dietary fiber from the tuberous root of the Amorphophallus konjac plant, glucomannan has multiple dietary functions and may help to treat comorbid conditions of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

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