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Refining Neurosurgery Practices

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons recently joined the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Choosing Wisely campaign with their own list of five practices to avoid in neurosurgery. “The purpose,” says Daniel K. Resnick, MD, “is to alert patients and physicians to common practices that may not be necessary or efficacious.”

The Recommendations

1) Do not administer steroids after severe traumatic brain injuries.…

New Options for Treating Opioid Addiction

The quest for improved outcomes in the treatment of opioid addiction is accelerating on several fronts. Buprenorphine is widely used for the treatment of opioid dependence. Studies have shown that it’s an effective means to reduce opioid cravings and help prevent withdrawal symptoms.…

Taking a Proactive Approach to Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is common among patients with diabetes, but making efforts to screen for the condition and providing patient education on what can be done to prevent it have the potential to improve quality of life and outcomes.

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Refining Neurosurgery Practices

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons recently joined the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Choosing Wisely campaign with their own list of five practices to avoid in neurosurgery. “The purpose,” says Daniel K. Resnick, MD, “is to alert patients and physicians to common practices that may not be necessary or efficacious.”

The Recommendations

1) Do not administer steroids after severe traumatic brain injuries.…

New Options for Treating Opioid Addiction

The quest for improved outcomes in the treatment of opioid addiction is accelerating on several fronts. Buprenorphine is widely used for the treatment of opioid dependence. Studies have shown that it’s an effective means to reduce opioid cravings and help prevent withdrawal symptoms.…

Managing Pain in Obese ED Patients

Weight-based dosing of opioids is a commonly used approach for managing patients who present to the ED with more severe pain. “Many patients who present to the ED with pain are obese or morbidly obese,” says Asad E. Patanwala, PharmD. “Heavier patients often receive larger total doses of opioids when compared with normal weight individuals.…

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Drug Wars in the Exam Room

"Though we should never deny appropriate medical treatment to a patient, this balancing act can be difficult, and we sometimes fail to differentiate between those in need from those selling a tale."

New Evidence-Based Guidelines: 4 Signs of Concussion

The first part of new evidence-based guidelines, published in the September 2014 issue of Neurosurgery, sought to identify which signs, symptoms, and neurologic and cognitive deficits have the highest and most consistent prevalence in samples of individuals sustaining a potentially concussive event.…

The Evolution of Medicine

Source: BestMedicalDegrees.com

Modern medicine has helped lead to a surge in average life expectancy, which was only about 36 in the late 1800s. With humans routinely living into their 100s, advances in medical science are to thank. Let’s take a journey through the history of medical advancements.…

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Assessing Self-Management for Lower Back Pain

Self-management of lower back pain appears to have only small effects on pain and disability, according to findings from a systematic review. Analyses of 13 trials found little improvement in pain and disability, suggesting that treatment guidelines that endorse self-management strategies should be reassessed.…

Migraine Prevalence, Celiac Disease, & IBD

When compared with healthy controls, patients with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity (GS), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appear to have a higher prevalence of migraine. Investigators from New York noted that migraine was graded as severe by 72% of patients with celiac disease, compared with 60% for those with GS and 30% for those with IBD.…

Evaluating Online Scoliosis Info

An exploration of the top 100 websites from searches of “scoliosis” using the five most commonly used search engines suggests that the overall quality of information on the condition appears to be poor despite exponential growth in the number of available sites in recent years.…

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