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CME: Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Cancer Survivors

CME: Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Cancer Survivors

Clinicians can play a vital role in mitigating the negative emotional and behavioral sequelae that come after patients survive cancer. Recognizing and treating anxiety and depressive symptoms effectively may help reduce the burden of cancer.

Free CME Here, Get Your Free CME!

Free CME Here, Get Your Free CME! | Guest Blog

For physicians practicing in most states (what gives, Indiana?), obtaining continuing medical education credits is a necessity, like it or not. For license registration, 54 boards require anywhere from 12 hours (Alabama) to 50 hours (a few states) of CME per year.…

Comparing Incentive-Based Smoking Cessation Programs | News Brief

Smoking cessation programs that offer rewards appear to be more commonly accepted than those including refundable deposits, according to a study. Among patients assigned to reward-based programs, 90% accepted the assignment, compared with less than 15% of those assigned to deposit-based programs.…

The High Healthcare Costs of Smoking | News Brief

Researchers in the United States estimate that nearly 9% of annual healthcare spending in 2010 could be attributed to cigarette smoking, amounting to as much as $170 billion. The study team found that more than 60% of the attributable spending was paid by public programs like Medicare and Medicaid.…

Surgical Resection & NSCLC | News Brief

Among highly selected patients with stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), surgical resection appears to improve overall survival when used as a part of multimodality therapy. NSCLC patients who underwent definitive chemoradiation had an average overall survival of 16.3 months, compared with an average of 25.9 months for those who underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical intervention in any sequence.…

The Impact of Smoking Among the Elderly | News Brief

Researchers have found that smoking appears to be a strong independent risk factor of cardiovascular events and mortality among patients aged 60 and older. The authors found that smoking advanced cardiovascular mortality by more than 5 years for this older patient population, but smoking cessation appeared to help reduce this excess risk.…

AUA 2015 for Surgeons

AUA 2015 for Surgeons | News Brief

New research was presented at AUA 2015, the annual meeting of the American Urological Association, from May 15 to 19 in New Orleans. The features below highlight some of the studies emerging from the conference that focused on surgery.…

Diagnosing Lung Consolidations With Ultrasound | News Brief

Lung ultrasounds appear to be a reliable alternative to chest x-rays for the bedside diagnosis of lung consolidations in patients with respiratory complaints, according to a study. Lung ultrasound was feasible in all participants in the analysis. Investigators reported that lung ultrasound had a sensitivity of 82.8% and a specificity of 95.5%.…

ASCO 2015

ASCO 2015 | News Brief

New research was presented at ASCO 2015, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting, from May 29 to June 2 in Chicago. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.…

Defining Rx Opioid Overdose Risk | News Brief

Patients who use multiple pharmacies concurrently and have overlapping opioid prescriptions appear to be at greater risk for opioid overdoses than others, according to a study. Patients who used four or more pharmacies and had three or more opioid prescriptions had an overdose rate of 26.3 per 1,000 person-years, compared with a rate of 4.3 per 1,000 person-years observed among those with neither condition.…

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