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chd-stag-youngadults-women_feature

CME: Coronary Heart Disease: Stagnation in Young Adults & Women

A study has found that coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality rates are falling rapidly in older people but not in younger adults, particularly young women. A greater emphasis on providing primary prevention approaches is necessary to reduce the burden of CHD.

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decision-making-appendicitis_feature

CME: Decision Making Matters in Appendicitis

Patients and families who choose an initial non-operative management strategy can avoid surgery for acute uncomplicated appendicitis, according to a study.

CE: Guidance on Treating Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis | Feature

In 2011, the American Thoracic Society, the European Respiratory Society, the Japanese Respiratory Society, and the Latin American Thoracic Association published an evidence-based guideline on the diagnosis

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geneticrisk-breastcancer-feature

CME – Genetic Risk in Breast Cancer: Addressing Concerns | Feature

Many women with breast cancer, especially minorities, appear to express a strong desire for genetic testing and may benefit from discussions with clinicians to clarify risks. Conversations on genetic risk should occur even when patients are perceived to be at low risk in order to reduce concerns.

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CME: Guidance on Treating Unexplained Chronic Cough | Feature

Previous studies indicate that unexplained chronic cough—persistent cough with no identifiable cause after investigation and therapeutic trials—occurs in up to 10% of patients seeking medical assistance for

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strategy-decreasing-fluimpact-feature

CME: A Strategy for Decreasing Influenza’s Impact | Feature

Research suggests that prompt antiviral treatment appears to decrease the impact of influenza on older patients who have been hospitalized.

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med-related_ped-ed-visits_feature

CME: Examining Medication-Related Pediatric ED Visits | Feature

A study has found that about one of every 12 ED visits by pediatric patients is medication related. These patients are more likely to be admitted to hospitals and have a longer length of stay than other patients, but many of these visits are preventable.

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E-Cigs-CoughReflex-Feature

CME: E-Cigarettes & Cough Reflex Sensitivity | Feature

Researchers have found that a single session of electronic cigarette (e-cig) use, approximating nicotine exposure of one tobacco cigarette, appears to significantly inhibit cough reflex sensitivity.

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MakingCase-IncreasingDSME-Feature

CME: Making the Case for Increasing DSME/S Use | Feature

Diabetes self-management education and support (DSME/S) is critical to improving ongoing care for patients with type 2 diabetes. A new position statement provides the evidence and strategies for providing DSME/S when managing adults with the disease.

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Medicare-Prescribing-Painkillers-Feature

CME: Examining Medicare Prescribing of Painkillers | Feature

Recent data show that opioid prescribing for Medicare Part D patients is a widespread practice. Efforts to curtail opioid overprescribing must address a broad group of prescribers to be effective.

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RapidlyTest-HepC-Feature

CME: A Program to Rapidly Test for Hepatitis C | Feature

An ED screening and diagnostic testing program found a high prevalence of hepatitis C. Results suggest that continued efforts are needed to develop and evaluate policies for

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ICD-Use-AfterMI-OlderAdults-Feature

CME: Defibrillator Use After Myocardial Infarction in Older Adults | Feature

A study has found that fewer than 10% of eligible patients who suffer a myocardial infarction (MI) with low ejection fraction receive an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) within 1 year after their MI. These findings occurred despite ICD implantation being linked to a lower mortality risk at 2 years.

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CME: Guidance on Treating Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis | Feature

Experts from societies and associations around the world have joined forces to update guidelines on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis treatment.

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Impact-Abuse-DeterrentOpioids-Feature

CME: The Impact of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids | Feature

The introduction of abuse-deterrent opioids and the withdrawal of propoxyphene appear to have led to substantial decreases in both prescription opioid dispensing and overdose. Opioid formulation changes may be a viable option toward reducing abuse of these drugs.

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Opioid-Constipation-Feature

CME: Opioid-Induced Constipation in Cancer Patients | Feature

Patients with advanced cancer who experience opioid-induced constipation (OIC) often experience psychological distress and negative cognitions. Understanding the nature of this burden may improve how clinicians recognize and assess the problem and promote more intensive management strategies that address the distress OIC often produces.

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CME: Chest CT & Blunt Trauma Cases | Feature

A study has found that use of chest CT scans for ED patients with blunt trauma could be reduced without compromising the detection of major injuries. The research team developed and evaluated decision-making tools that may help avoid unnecessary diagnostic imaging and reduce medical costs, patient stays, and exposure to radiation.

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Dietary-Supplement-Use-FEATURE-IMAGE

CME: Dietary Supplements & ED Visits | Feature

A study has found that more than 23,000 ED visits occur each year in the United States for adverse events associated with dietary supplements. Findings of the study may help target interventions to reduce these risks in the future.

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NeedleExchange-HIV-Transmission_Feature

CME: Needle Exchange Cuts HIV Transmission | Feature

A needle exchange program in Washington, DC prevented numerous new infections and an estimated $44 million in HIV treatment costs in just 2 years.

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PreventCVD-Diabetes-Feature

CME: An Update on Preventing CVD in Diabetes | Feature

Diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is the most common cause of death among adults with diabetes. “This relationship underscores the need

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Smoking-PAD-Costs-Feature

CME – Smoking & PAD: Assessing the Costs | Feature

Tobacco use among patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) substantially increases the short-term annual risk for PAD-related hospitalizations due to heart and vascular events, with significantly greater costs. Immediate provision of tobacco cessation programs would most likely be cost effective.

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