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CME Corner

Physician’s Weekly has partnered with AKH, Inc. Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare to provide the following continuing education activities. Click on a title to read the activity (don’t forget to view the tables and figures!) and then click over to the AKH website to complete the post-test and obtain your credit.

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CME/CE – Heart Healthy Diets: Achieving Guideline Adherence

Recent data show that about 55% of children in the United States and 41% of adults have poor dietary patterns. In addition, it is estimated that more
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Preparing to Be a Good Samaritan

Studies indicate that off-duty emergency physicians (EPs) may be called upon at some point in their lives to provide care as bystanders to accidents and emergencies outside
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CME/CE: Examining Proneness to Malpractice Claims

Medical malpractice continues to be a significant issue for physicians from all walks throughout the United States, and there are long-standing concerns about those who are claim-prone
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CME/CE: A Program to Prevent Catheter-Associated UTIs

Research has shown that urinary catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common healthcare–associated infections both in the United States and throughout the world. Studies
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CME/CE – Conference Highlights: WISC 2016

Assessing Asthma Exacerbation Susceptibility Previous research indicates that 50% of patients with asthma report having had an exacerbation in the previous year despite the majority of these
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CME/CE – Conference Highlights: ACAAI 2016

New research was presented at ACAAI 2016, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, from November 10 to 14 in San
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CME/CE: Managing Adult Respiratory Syncytial Virus

While it is often thought of as a disease in children, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections cause significant illness and death in older adults every year. Clinicians
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CME/CE – Advanced Cancer: Analyzing Patient Discussions

Research suggests that physicians who manage patients with advanced cancer often struggle with whether and how best to convey sensitive information about prognoses to these individuals for
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CME/CE: AAA Repair – Comparing Techniques & Mortality

Clinical studies have shown that patient- and hospital-level factors often play a significant role in surgical outcomes, particularly mortality, for both general surgeries and vascular surgical procedures.
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CME/CE: Conference Highlights – CHEST 2016

New research was presented at CHEST 2016, the annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians, from October 22 to 26, 2016 in Los
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CME/CE – Conference Highlights: IDWeek 2016

New research was presented at IDWeek 2016, the combined annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, HIV Medicine Association,
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Perfecting the Post-Visit Procedure

After-visit calls aren’t working; what can be done instead? Right outside of my office door is one of the workstations where our medical technicians perform one of
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CME/CE – Conference Highlights: Anesthesiology 2016 for Surgeons

Preoperative Anxiety Among Latinos While preoperative anxiety is common and studies have shown that culture and religion can influence these feelings, data are lacking on self-reported changes
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Improving Lifestyles, One Patient at a Time

I’m sure a lot of people received health-related presents this past holiday season. But will they make us healthier? How many Fitbits are gathering dust, uncharged? How
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CME/CE: Recent Trends in Triglycerides

Studies have shown that elevated triglyceride levels can increase risks for cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke, and premature cardiovascular death. The American Heart Association also notes that high
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CME/CE: Chronic Pain & Mental Health

According to published research, chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions account for four of the top nine diseases that contribute to years lived with disability in the United States.
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CME/CE: Improving Asthma Control Dialogue With Patients

Healthcare providers tell their well-controlled asthma patients that they should experience few symptoms and no limits to everyday activities. And yet, many do. According to the recent
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CME/CE: Initial Opioid Use & Long-Term Risks

As opioid prescribing has increased over the past two decades, the United States healthcare system has also seen rising rates of overdoses and addiction treatment resulting from
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To Standardize or Not to Standardize?

How much can we standardize medicine, and even if we can, is that a good thing? There was a meeting yesterday for all of our Ambulatory Care
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CME/CE: Guidance on Implementing Antibiotic Stewardship

As part of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, hospitals and healthcare systems have been called upon by the White House to implement antibiotic stewardship
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CME/CE: Bariatric Surgery & Mental Health

Bariatric surgery is recognized as a viable option to promote weight loss and to treat obesity-related comorbidities among the severely obese. “While bariatric surgery is increasingly being
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Video CME/CE: Understanding the Righteous Mind – With ZDoggMD

Read all the “front matter” information to the right, watch the video below, then click the link at the bottom right to complete the post-test and obtain
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CME/CE: Knee Osteoarthritis: Guidelines for Surgery

According to current estimates, 27 million adults in the United States—or more than 10% of the adult population—have clinical osteoarthritis, a condition that ranks among the leading
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CME/CE: Disparities in Older Patients with Diabetes

Studies show that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes among adults aged 65 and older in the United States ranges between 20% and 25%. However, controversy has
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CME/CE: Treating Asthma in Older Women

Among older individuals, women are significantly more likely than men to report having asthma and also have a 30% higher asthma-related mortality rate. In addition, women are
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CME/CE: Cholesterol & Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Published research suggests that cholesterol levels commonly rise as people age and then decrease later in life. “Abnormal lipids are important risk factors that play a critical
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CE: The Impact of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

According to current estimates, the number of prescription opioid overdose deaths in the United States quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, and this increase occurred in parallel with
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CME: Coronary Heart Disease: Stagnation in Young Adults & Women

Recent reports have shown that coronary heart disease (CHD) continues to be a leading cause of death among Americans despite a remarkable decline in cardiovascular deaths related
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CME: Decision Making Matters in Appendicitis

Studies show that acute appendicitis accounts for more than 11% of pediatric ED admissions, and more than 70,000 children in the United States are hospitalized for it
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CE: Guidance on Treating Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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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CME – Genetic Risk in Breast Cancer: Addressing Concerns

Among women with breast cancer, an initial diagnosis can lead to a series of complicated decisions about what options should be considered for treating the disease. Further
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CME: Guidance on Treating Unexplained Chronic Cough

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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Conference Highlights: AHA 2016

New research was presented at AHA 2016, the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association, from November 12 to 16 in New Orleans. The features below
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CME: A Strategy for Decreasing Influenza’s Impact

Research indicates that about 60% of influenza-related hospitalizations occur in adults aged 65 and older during most influenza seasons in the United States. Many of these patients
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CME: Examining Medication-Related Pediatric ED Visits

Physician’s Weekly talked with Peter J. Zed, BSc, BSc (Pharm), ACPR, PharmD, FCSHP, and Neil J. MacKinnon, PhD, FCSHP, about their recent study that found that about one of every 12
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CME: E-Cigarettes & Cough Reflex Sensitivity

Evidence suggests that electronic cigarette (e-cig) use has grown rapidly in recent years. “There seems to be a perception among the public—and perhaps even some physicians—that e-cigs
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CME: Making the Case for Increasing DSME/S Use

According to recommendations from the American Diabetes Association, all individuals with diabetes should receive diabetes self-management education and support (DSME/S) when they are diagnosed with the disease
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CME: Examining Medicare Prescribing of Painkillers

According to published data, there has been a 10-fold increase in the misuse of opioid painkillers in the United States over the past 2 decades. Questions remain,
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How should patients who arrive late be handled?

Traffic comes to a complete stop. Although this may not seem like such an unusual thing in New York City, during the week of the United Nations
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CME: A Program to Rapidly Test for Hepatitis C

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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CME: Defibrillator Use After Myocardial Infarction in Older Adults

According to current estimates, more than 350,000 people experience sudden cardiac death in the United States each year. Patients with low ejection fraction (EF) are at risk
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Widening the Scope of Practice

Dr. Pelzman discusses the challenge of involving nurses and other healthcare professionals into the current scope of practice so they can do more of what they love.
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CME: Guidance on Treating Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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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CME: The Impact of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

According to current estimates, the number of prescription opioid overdose deaths in the United States quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, and this increase occurred in parallel with
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CME: Opioid-Induced Constipation in Cancer Patients

Cancer patients who receive opioid therapy for the management of persistent pain commonly experience opioid-induced bowel dysfunction. Constipation is one of the most frequent manifestations. Other symptoms
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Becoming a Better Leader – in a Week

Reward or punishment? Sometimes it’s hard to tell, as I have been sent off to an “Executive Leadership” conference this week, where we are spending long hours
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CME: Chest CT & Blunt Trauma Cases

According to published research, the use of CT when evaluating adults with blunt trauma injuries has risen dramatically in the past 2 decades. CT can provide clinicians
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CME: Dietary Supplements & ED Visits

Herbal products, complementary nutritionals, and micronutrients are all considered to be dietary supplements. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act is a 1994 law that defined supplements
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CME: Needle Exchange Cuts HIV Transmission

Research has shown that needle exchange programs can effectively lower the risk of HIV transmission among injection drug users. In 1988, Congress passed legislation prohibiting the use
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CME: An Update on Preventing CVD in Diabetes

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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