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Infectious Disease

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4.1.1

Ruling Out Penicillin Allergy by Testing Inpatients Saves Money

Inpatient allergy testing led to change in antibiotic selection that was greater in intensive care unit

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CDC: Birth Defects Seen in 1 in 10 U.S. Pregnancies Affected by Zika

CDC report also says too few infants are tested for the virus

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doc_patient7242

Second Opinion Yields Different Diagnosis for 1 in 5 Patients

In study, 21 percent of cases received final diagnoses that were distinctly different than referral diagnoses

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colon11251

Long-Term Antibiotic Use May Up Risk of Colorectal Adenomas

Medications that alter gut bacteria might set stage for polyp development, researchers say

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Variation in Occupational Influenza Vaccination Coverage

Wide variation by state in vaccination coverage among tier 1 and health care personnel groups

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Doctor working on a notebook computer.

Doctors Must Be Wary of HIPAA Violations With Online Reviews

Physicians should keep their replies to patient reviews short and simple

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New Antibiotic Tx Beneficial After Acute Lung Function Decline in CF

Findings among children with cystic fibrosis treated either inpatient, outpatient

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Patients With Schizophrenia More Susceptible to Infections

Schizophrenia patients 63 percent more likely to suffer serious infection than the general population

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Maternal Obesity Without Chronic Illness Ups Preterm Delivery Risk

Risk of extremely preterm delivery varies by parity

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EMRs

Avoiding Liability with Patient Portals | Feature

The good thing about EMR patient portals is that they decrease your liability risks. On the other hand, the bad thing about EMR patient portals is that

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Too Few Patients With Severe Mental Illness Get HIV Test | Feature

Rates of infection up to 15 times higher, yet testing rates similar to those without psychiatric issues

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The Burnout Paradox: Why Are We Still Surprised? | Feature

If you go to medical school, you will be stressed—bigly. It should not come as a surprise. Two posts on the Kevin MD website highlight the problems

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Study: How Much Does Smoking Really Cost? | Feature

Americans collectively spend more than $300 billion on cigarettes. Not only is smoking bad for your health, but it’s burning a hole through your wallet as well.

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Rural Americans at Higher Risk of Death from Five Leading Causes | Feature

Demographic, environmental, economic, social factors might be key to difference. A new CDC study demonstrates that Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from

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Social, Economic, Personal-Care Factors Play Role in Readmission Risk | Feature

Hospitals find that social determinants of health and disability raise readmission risk. Once a patient is released from a hospital, the caretakers do not want to see

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Heart-Rhythm-Feature

Yo-Yo Dieting Dangerous Even if You’re Not Overweight | Feature

Repeatedly losing and regaining weight, known as weight cycling or yo-yo dieting, may increase the risk of death from heart disease among postmenopausal women. According to research

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Cetuximab + Chemoradiation Can Cure HIV-Associated Anal Cancer | Feature

Addition of cetuximab may result in less locoregional failure for squamous cell carcinoma of anal canal

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Many doctors still don’t know facts about penicillin allergy | Feature

Many physicians whose patients have “penicillin allergy” in their charts don’t know that frequently, a penicillin allergy diagnosis is given to a child as the result of

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Risk of reinfection is a concern after successful hepatitis C treatment | Feature

People on opiate agonist substitution therapy can be successfully treated with grazoprevir/elbasvir (Zepatier) – achieving cure rates similar to those of the population as a whole –

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Does physical activity lower the risk of bacterial infections? | Feature

The risk of viral infections is known to be affected by physical activity, but little information is available regarding the more serious infections caused by bacteria. In

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