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CME/CE: Comparing Back Pain Management Strategies

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Guidance on Healthcare-Associated Ventriculitis & Meningitis | Feature

The Infectious Diseases Society of America has developed a guideline to help clinicians caring for patients with healthcare-associated ventriculitis and meningitis.

New Handheld Spectral Analyzer Uses Smartphone to Detect Disease | News Brief

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed technology that enables a smartphone to perform lab-grade medical diagnostic tests that typically require large, expensive instruments.

Circular RNA Linked to Brain Function For First Time | News Brief

While hundreds of circular RNAs (circRNAs) are abundant in mammalian brains, one big question has remained unanswered: What are they actually good for? In the current issue

New Strategies to Optimize and Slow Cardiovascular Aging | News Brief

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. and growing older is the greatest — and most inevitable — risk factor for it. So

Stark Increase in Opioid-Related Admissions, Deaths in Nation’s ICUs | News Brief

Since 2009, hospital intensive care units have witnessed a stark increase in opioid-related admissions and deaths, according to new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess

Age, Race, & Gender Differences in Pneumococcal Disease | Feature

Study results suggest that gender differences exist in rates of invasive pneumococcal disease among adults. These differences remain following the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.

New Kinds of Brain Cells Revealed in Study | News Brief

Under a microscope, it can be hard to tell the difference between any two neurons, the brain cells that store and process information. So scientists have turned

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: SCAI 2017 | News Brief

New research was presented at SCAI 2017, the annual scientific sessions of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, from May 10 to 13 in New Orleans. The features in this activity highlight some of the studies presented at the conference.

Smoking Cessation & Life Expectancy in HIV | Feature

Study results indicate that cigarette smoking has a substantial impact on the life expectancy of patients with HIV. However, smoking cessation appears to help regain some the years lost to smoking in this population.

Exposure to Antimicrobials During Development May Cause Irreversible Outcomes | News Brief

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have discovered that exposure to environmental levels of triclocarban (TCC), an antibacterial chemical common in personal care products like soaps and lotions

Characterizing Operative Experiences of Pediatric Surgeons | Feature

A study has found that pediatric surgeons, once practicing, receive little exposure to many of the complex and rare cases for which they were trained. The findings raise important questions about maintaining competency for pediatric surgeons.

Drug Used to Combat Opioid Addiction is Being Underprescribed | News Brief

Access to counseling for patients, mentoring for physicians could help increase use, survey says.

#PWChat – Hospitals, Not Hotels: A Look at Global Budgets | News Brief

Joshua Sharfstein, MD, will co-host a tweetchat with PW on August 24, at 9:00pm ET on the issues with comparing hospitals to hotels.

New Injectable Antiretroviral Treatment Proved to Be as Effective as Standard Oral Therapy | News Brief

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) intramuscularly administered may have the same effectiveness as current oral treatments. This is the main conclusion of the Phase II clinical trial carried out

Delirium, Advanced Cancer, & ED Visits | Feature

Delirium is a serious cognitive disturbance in which patients have impaired thinking and awareness, and some studies suggest that the condition often goes unrecognized in EDs. “Few

Shared Decision Making in the ED | Feature

Physicians propose a new conceptual model to guide clinicians in determining when shared decision making is appropriate in the ED. They offer three factors that are necessary and sufficient to determine whether shared decision making should be pursued for a given clinical scenario.

Shingles Increases Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke | News Brief

Contracting shingles, a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, increases a person’s risk of stroke and heart attack, according to a research letter published today in the Journal

Implementing In-Hospital 3D Printing | News Brief

A team of surgeons is using low-cost, 3D-printed anatomical models to help trauma surgeons prepare for difficult surgeries. They have found that use of these models appears to significantly increase observer agreement in classifying acetabular fractures.

These Plant-Based Diets are Associated with a Higher Risk of Heart Disease | News Brief

Plant-based diets are recommended to reduce the risk of heart disease; however, some plant-based diets are associated with a higher risk of heart disease, according to a

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