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Lipid Guidelines for Young Adults | News Brief

Applying pediatric guidelines for lipid levels—as opposed to adult guidelines—could result more than 400,000 additional adolescents and young adults receiving statins, according to a study. Researchers extrapolated findings to the U.S. population of patients aged 17 to 21 and found that 483,500 would be eligible for treatment of LDL-cholesterol levels if pediatric guidelines were applied.…

ED Use Among Young Adults | News Brief

The ability of young adults to remain as dependents on their parents’ private health plans until age 26 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act appears to have statistically significantly, yet modestly, decreased ED use among this population. Among those targeted by the law (young adults aged 19 to 26), quarterly ED visits decreased by 1.6 per 1,000 population following its implementation.…

Improving Asthma Controller Adherence | News Brief

An intervention using reminders in electronic health records that alert parents when inhaled corticosteroid refills are due or overdue via automatically tailored, speech recognition phone calls appears to significantly increase asthma controller adherence among children aged 3 to 12. In a study, researchers found that patients assigned to the intervention had an adherence rate of 44.5%, compared with a rate of 35.5% for those who received usual care.…

CME: Managing Autism in the ED

CME: Managing Autism in the ED | News Brief

The management of patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) should be individualized to patients and their families during acute treatment and crisis situations. Adapting medical and behavioral health protocols in the ED to meet the needs of ASD patients and families may lead to more successful outcomes.

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.…

Managing Autism in the ED

Managing Autism in the ED | Feature

The management of patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) should be individualized to patients and their families during acute treatment and crisis situations. Adapting medical and behavioral health protocols in the ED to meet the needs of ASD patients and families may lead to more successful outcomes.

Charge Awareness & Pediatric Appendectomy

Charge Awareness & Pediatric Appendectomy | Opinion Article

Consumers can typically compare prices before making purchases for most industries in the United States, but the same is not necessarily true in healthcare, a sector of the economy that accounts for more than 17% percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.…

Comparing Maintenance Fluid Types | News Brief

A comparison of isotonic to hypotonic intravenous fluid at maintenance rates for 48 hours in hospitalized pediatric patients indicates that the former is safe and may result in fewer cases of hyponatremia. Rates of hypernatremia, hypertension, and edema were similarly low with the use of both fluid types.…

Comparing Maintenance Fluid Types | News Brief

A comparison of isotonic to hypotonic intravenous fluid at maintenance rates for 48 hours in hospitalized pediatric patients indicates that the former is safe and may result in fewer cases of hyponatremia. Rates of hypernatremia, hypertension, and edema were similarly low with the use of both fluid types.…

Reducing Imaging Use in Pediatric Appendicitis | News Brief

Use of ultrasound as the first imaging modality to diagnose pediatric appendicitis appears to have increased between 2008 and 2013, according to a study. The authors suggest that educational campaigns be initiated and focus on the continued reduction of CT use to limit radiation exposure in this patient population.…

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