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Intensive Lifestyle Interventions: Assessing the Impact

Using intensive behavioral interventions that focus on losing weight and having patients participate in regular physical activity may result in fewer hospitalizations and a lesser need for prescription medications.

The Sensitive Subject of HIV Treatment Side Effects

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is essential to keeping HIV from replicating and further infecting CD4 lymphocytes. When taken as prescribed, these medications have significantly increased life expectancy over the past 25 years. HIV has shifted from being an infection with dire consequences to one that is considered a manageable, chronic condition when treated with ART.…

Examining Why HIV Patients Discontinue ART

About one of every 20 adults receiving HIV care in the United States who report taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) have discontinued treatment. Interventions are needed to increase adherence to ART and identify groups at increased risk of ART discontinuation.

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The Sensitive Subject of HIV Treatment Side Effects

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is essential to keeping HIV from replicating and further infecting CD4 lymphocytes. When taken as prescribed, these medications have significantly increased life expectancy over the past 25 years. HIV has shifted from being an infection with dire consequences to one that is considered a manageable, chronic condition when treated with ART.…

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.…

A Resource to Help Care for Obesity

Few providers have the resources or time to implement guidelines for managing overweight and obese patients, according to Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP. To overcome this obstacle, Dr. Aronne and other experts in obesity and weight-management care developed BMIQ (www.bmiq.com), a website that allows healthcare providers to add a comprehensive, office-based program to their medical practice.…

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Cancer Care as a Business Decision

Once again, this was a business decision dressed up to look like innovative care and backed up by BigHealth’s dominant market share.

The Ambulance Drone

Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones.…

Ebola: Are We Prepared?

"The CDC has done an excellent job passing its guidelines to ER’s and local health departments across the nation. But, these simply have not trickled down to those of us on the front lines."

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PSA Screening: More Harm Than Good

A new analysis presented at the European Cancer Conference 2013 adds fuel to the ongoing debate over whether routine prostate cancer screening reduces prostate cancer mortality. Overall, lead author Mathieu Boniol, MD, and colleagues found that the harms outweigh the benefits on a population level—which should further discourage the use of routine PSA testing for prostate cancer in the general population.…

Prediabetes in the United States

About one-third of American adults aged 20 or older had prediabetes in 2010, according to a report from the CDC. The report, available at www.cdc.gov/mmwr, notes that only 11% of adults in the United States with prediabetes were aware of their condition during 2009-2010.…

Peer Coaching Benefits Diabetes Care

When compared with usual care, peer health coaching appears to significantly improve diabetes control in low-income patients. A 6-month study found that A1C levels dropped by 1.07% for those who received coaching, compared with a 0.3% decreased rate for those receiving usual care.…

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