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Experts Offer Tips on Integrating Medical Marijuana Into Geriatric Practice

By November 26, 2018

A study by the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that from 2002-2014 the proportion of adults aged 50 to 64 who reported cannabis use in the past year more than tripled from 2.9% to 9.0%. Among adults age 65 or older, there was more than a ten-fold increase (from 0.2% to 2.1%).

Pediatric Chronic Rhinosinusitis: Treatment Options to Consider

By June 20, 2018

Because determining an appropriate treatment plan for a patient depends on the subtype of the disease, it is imperative for providers to know and understand the underlying mechanisms of CRS as well as the components included in a medical evaluation of a patient.

Consensus Guidelines for the Prevention of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting

May 30, 2018

The latest Consensus Guidelines for the Management of PONV (CGM-PONV) recommend an assessment of a patient's baseline risk for PONV using a validated risk score based on independent predictors.

Peripheral Neuropathy Management: A Guide for Primary Care Clinicians

By March 14, 2018

Peripheral neuropathy is tied to significant morbidity and decrease in quality of life, therefore it is imperative to efficiently diagnosis.

How Can the U.S. Improve Its Ability to Stop a New Flu Pandemic?

February 16, 2018

As an expert in public health law, I can state two things with confidence. First, the U.S. has made enormous strides in preparing for and treating the flu. And second, we still are not nearly as prepared as we need to be for the next pandemic.

Treatment Options for Patients With Severe Asthma

By February 16, 2018

Severe asthma is a challenging condition. Available therapeutic options for severe asthma include tiotropium, omalizumab, interleukin-5 targeted therapies, macrolide antibiotics, and bronchial thermoplasty.

Toxic Plant Extract Shows Promise in Early Male Birth Control Studies

February 02, 2018

While the male hormonal birth control pill option is in clinical human trials and likely closer to market, it has several potential side effects: In addition to potentially causing weight gain and changes in libido.

Review: Managing Patients With Refractory Heartburn

By February 01, 2018

Patients with functional heartburn display similar symptoms seen in GERD and most often complain of a burning retrosternal discomfort. Once the underlying cause of a patient's refractory heartburn is determined, appropriate therapy can be initiated.

100 Years Later: Revisiting the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918

January 18, 2018

Severe influenza epidemics tend to occur every few decades. Experts believe that the next one is a question not of "if" but "when."

PMS/PMDD: A Review of Treatment Options

By January 04, 2018

Recent data regarding the treatment of premenstrual syndrome/premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMS/PMDD) has "triaged therapy options into first, second, third, and last lines."

Treating Iron Deficiency Anemia in Patients With Heart Failure

By November 16, 2017

To shed light on the often-challenging management of this common condition, MPR presented the case of a hypothetical patient to a doctor who specializes in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.

Treating Iron Deficiency Anemia in Patients With Inflammatory Bowl Disorder

By October 19, 2017

Despite its frequency, iron deficiency anemia in patients with IBD it is often overlooked in clinical settings.

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Highlights

By September 13, 2017

MPR interviewed Dr. John Stoffel to discuss the strategies for diagnosis and management of urinary retention in MS patients, as well as his recommendations for optimal care for these patients.

Why the FDA's Novel Plan for Nicotine Is a Step in the Right Direction

August 23, 2017

To put the scourge of conventional cigarettes in context, smoking kills 15 times more Americans per year than opioids.

Topical Coal Tar: An Effective Alternative for Psoriasis?

August 17, 2017

Coal tar is one of the oldest psoriasis treatments though its exact mechanism is not known.

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

Medications can induce HTN through a variety of mechanisms such as 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.