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Strategies for Managing Chronic Cough

A persistent cough is one of the most common reasons for outpatient visits and can significantly reduce quality of life. Identifying and treating the causes of chronic cough are important to improving outcomes.

A Look at Opioid Use During Pregnancy

According to NIH data, prescriptions for opioids have increased dramatically in the general population, rising by more than 200 million between 1991 and 2009. In 2014, the American Society of Anesthesiologists distributed a list as part of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about treatments or medications that are commonly prescribed in pain medicine but are not always necessary.…

Combating Antibiotic Resistance

Simply telling people to not overuse antibiotics is ineffective.

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A Look at Opioid Use During Pregnancy

According to NIH data, prescriptions for opioids have increased dramatically in the general population, rising by more than 200 million between 1991 and 2009. In 2014, the American Society of Anesthesiologists distributed a list as part of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about treatments or medications that are commonly prescribed in pain medicine but are not always necessary.…

Combating Antibiotic Resistance

Simply telling people to not overuse antibiotics is ineffective.

Updating Adult Vaccination Recommendations

Research has shown that current vaccination rates for adults are low. “There are 14 different infectious agents for which vaccines are recommended for adults, but vaccination rates are low for a number of reasons,” says Carolyn B. Bridges, MD. “There is limited public awareness about the need for vaccines for adults besides influenza.…

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Capture the Critical Driver of Your Practice’s Financial Success: Physician Time

 

 

 

Pop Quiz: What were you doing during the financial presentation at your last board meeting?

A. Texting your spouse

B. Checking email

C. Stepping out to make a call

D. All of the above

Traditional financial reports of a Balance Sheet and Income Statement were conceived 150 years ago during the Industrial Revolution to facilitate railroad financing.  …

The Immune System Explained: A Patient Education Video

For Healthcare Providers:
The immune systems is an exceptionally complex system that is hard to grasp for most patients, and even many of your colleagues. Share this video with your patients to provide them with a simplified, yet quite informative, explanation of how the system works.…

Actor Seth Rogen’s Senate Hearing on Alzheimer’s Research

Actor/Director Seth Rogen appeared on Capitol Hill recently to speak before the Senate Committee on Appropriations about the rising costs of Alzheimer’s disease on Americans, and to address the lack of funding for adequate treatment or a cure. Rogen has been married to screenwriter-actress Lauren Miller since 2011.…

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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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