Opinion Article

Proactive Diagnosis of Narcolepsy

Proactive Diagnosis of Narcolepsy | Opinion Article

Narcolepsy can be a debilitating sleep disorder caused by the dysregulation of neurophysiological pathways that control the stability of sleep and wake states in patients. Narcolepsy has a worldwide prevalence of about 26 to 50 per 100,000 individuals. However, the disease is associated with high healthcare resource use, substantial functional limitations, and reduced employment and work productivity.…

Sexual Function in Women After Bariatric Surgery

Sexual Function in Women After Bariatric Surgery | Opinion Article

Published reports have consistently shown that obesity impairs quality of life (QOL) and can contribute to depression as well as body image dissatisfaction. “Weight loss typically improves most aspects of QOL, but one aspect that is often overlooked in clinical research is sexual health,” says David B.…

Exploring the Rising Prevalence of Symptomatic Knee OA

Exploring the Rising Prevalence of Symptomatic Knee OA | Opinion Article

The prevalence of knee pain and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) appears to have increased substantially over a span of more than 20 years. As rates of knee OA increase, greater vigilance is needed for providing the most appropriate therapies to treat the condition.

How Primary Care Can Help Reduce Avoidable ED Visits

How Primary Care Can Help Reduce Avoidable ED Visits | Opinion Article

Throughout the United States, patients are using the ED for the treatment of acute but minor episodic conditions. According to Truven Health Analytics, 42% of ED visits are for urgencies that could be treated in the primary care office setting. Even as more urgent care centers are being opened, this problem persists.…

Diagnosing & Staging Esophageal Cancer

Diagnosing & Staging Esophageal Cancer | Opinion Article

The overall 5-year survival rates for esophageal cancer are less than 15%. Although esophagectomy has been the traditional gold standard for early stage disease, optimal treatment for localized disease has generated debate in light of the overall poor survival rate. In 2013, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) published a set of clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of localized esophageal cancer in Annals of Thoracic Surgery.…

Expert, Real-Time Advice on HCV

Expert, Real-Time Advice on HCV | Opinion Article

The AASLD and the IDSA, in collaboration with the IAS-USA, launched HCVguidelines.org, a website that provides up-to-date guidance for the treatment of HCV.

Refusal of Curative Care in the ED

Refusal of Curative Care in the ED | Opinion Article

Resuscitating and stabilizing acutely ill or injured patients is a top priority for ED personnel, but traditional aggressive approaches to care may sometimes not suit the needs of those with advanced chronic illnesses who present to the ED with critical or terminal events.…

Optimizing Patient Education in Knee Osteoarthritis Care

Optimizing Patient Education in Knee Osteoarthritis Care | Opinion Article

The goals of knee osteoarthritis (OA) treatment are to improve health-related quality of life and limit the progression of joint damage. “The optimal management of knee OA requires that patients be given a combination of non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments,” says Pekka Mooar, MD.…

Palliative Care for Metastatic Cancer

Palliative Care for Metastatic Cancer | Opinion Article

Nearly half of all patients with metastatic cancer have incurable disease, but these individuals can live for years after their initial diagnosis. This is a period in which palliative care can be used to improve quality of life (QOL) for patients and caregivers.…

Transradial Angiography: Coming to a Consensus

Transradial Angiography: Coming to a Consensus | Opinion Article

A consensus statement has been issued on the best practices for transradial angiography and interventions.The recommendations aim to ensure high-quality patient care as transradial access becomes increasingly popular in catheter-based procedures.

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