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Depression & Mortality in Older Diabetics

Data indicate that patients with diabetes have almost double the risk of being depressed, when compared with those with­out the disease. Studies have assessed the link between depression and mortality among patients with diabetes, but the role of age in this association is still being explored.…

Non-Specific Abdominal Pain: Analyzing Repeat ED Use

Repeat ED use among patients with non-specific abdominal pain appears to be associated with moderate to severe depressive disorder. ED physicians should consider a diagnosis of depression for these patients and perhaps screen those with multiple visits for mental health disorders.

Depression, Clinical Inertia, & Uncontrolled Hypertension

Depression has been identified as a risk factor for a poor prognosis among patients with cardiovascular disease. Few studies, however, have investigated the association between depression and clinical inertia, which has been defined as the lack of intensifying treatment for those who are not meeting evidence-based goals for care.…

AHA 2014: Can Overtreatment of AF Increase Dementia Risk?

The Particulars: Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) often have comorbid cardiovascular disease that prompts the need for long-term exposure to both warfarin and antiplatelet agents. It has yet to be determined if overuse of anticoagulants among these patients can increase risks for developing dementia.…

Mental Health in Youths With HIV

Previous research has linked poor mental health among people living with HIV to a greater likelihood of participating in risky behaviors. “Untreated mental illnesses can be detrimental to the health and well-being of younger patients with HIV and may place others at risk for being infected with the virus,” says Laura B.…

Spine Surgery & Preoperative Psychological Assessments

Few spine surgeons appear to follow guideline recommendations for routine psychological screenings of patients before major back surgery. Efforts are needed to better recognize and appreciate how psychological factors and mental health can impact the success of these procedures.


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Medicine 2064 With Dr. Daniel Kraft

Curing half of the world’s known cancers, granting movement to the paralyzed, preventing Alzheimer’s. Visionary medical expert Dr. Daniel Kraft believes all of this and more can happen by 2064. In this first film in our “Conversations with Tomorrow” series, take a glimpse at the future of medicine and its impact on our lives.…

More Docs Denying Sales Rep Access

A new report from the global sales and marketing consulting firm ZS Associates indicates that—despite signs of leveling off—pharmaceutical sales rep access to physicians continues to steadily decline. Data on more than 240,00 prescribers showed that only 51% of  physicians/prescribers allow access to sales reps in 2014, down from 55% in 2013, from 65% in 2012, and 78% in 2009.…

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.…

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