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Proactive Diagnosis of Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy can be a debilitating sleep disorder caused by the dysregulation of neurophysiological pathways that control the stability of sleep and wake states in patients. Narcolepsy has a worldwide prevalence of about 26 to 50 per 100,000 individuals. However, the disease is associated with high healthcare resource use, substantial functional limitations, and reduced employment and work productivity.…

Exploring the Rising Prevalence of Symptomatic Knee OA

The prevalence of knee pain and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) appears to have increased substantially over a span of more than 20 years. As rates of knee OA increase, greater vigilance is needed for providing the most appropriate therapies to treat the condition.

How Primary Care Can Help Reduce Avoidable ED Visits

Throughout the United States, patients are using the ED for the treatment of acute but minor episodic conditions. According to Truven Health Analytics, 42% of ED visits are for urgencies that could be treated in the primary care office setting. Even as more urgent care centers are being opened, this problem persists.…

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Proactive Diagnosis of Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy can be a debilitating sleep disorder caused by the dysregulation of neurophysiological pathways that control the stability of sleep and wake states in patients. Narcolepsy has a worldwide prevalence of about 26 to 50 per 100,000 individuals. However, the disease is associated with high healthcare resource use, substantial functional limitations, and reduced employment and work productivity.…

Exploring the Rising Prevalence of Symptomatic Knee OA

The prevalence of knee pain and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) appears to have increased substantially over a span of more than 20 years. As rates of knee OA increase, greater vigilance is needed for providing the most appropriate therapies to treat the condition.

How Primary Care Can Help Reduce Avoidable ED Visits

Throughout the United States, patients are using the ED for the treatment of acute but minor episodic conditions. According to Truven Health Analytics, 42% of ED visits are for urgencies that could be treated in the primary care office setting. Even as more urgent care centers are being opened, this problem persists.…

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Mental Healthcare: Time to End the Stigma

It was with great sadness that we all saw the tragic news of Robin Williams’ suicide. For years, mental health has been a taboo topic. While the passing of this great actor is horrifying, we are only aware of it because of his stardom.…

Linking Vitamin D to Dementia

Adults who were moderately deficient or severely deficient in vitamin D had a 53% and 125% increased risk of developing dementia, respectively, in the largest study examining the link between low vitamin D levels and dementia published this month in Neurology.…

The Unhealthy Habits Kids Take Into Adulthood

Meet Jim—the character in this Rewind the Future video—he is a man whose life flashes right before his very eyes, unhealthy habits and all. The choices you teach your child today become the habits they take into their adulthood.

Would you show this video to your patients or your patients’ parents?…

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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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