Opinion Article

A Look at Female-to-Female HIV Transmission

A Look at Female-to-Female HIV Transmission | Opinion Article

Few cases of HIV transmission between women who have sex with women (WSW) have been reported in the United States, but these cases still can and do occur. Studies have shown that HIV can be transmitted by female-to-female sexual contact with unprotected exposure to vaginal or other bodily fluids and to blood from menstruation.…

Safety of Contrast Agents in the Critically Ill

Safety of Contrast Agents in the Critically Ill | Opinion Article

Ultrasound contrast agent safety in critically ill patients undergoing echocardiography has been questioned by the FDA. This controversy was the result of rare reports showing that deaths or life-threatening adverse reactions occurred in close proximity to the administration of ultrasound contrast agents.…

Patient Preferences on Boarding

Patient Preferences on Boarding | Opinion Article

Crowding in the ED has been well-established as a problem that poses a threat to public health. Studies show that ED and hospital crowding leads to ambulance diversions, medical errors, delayed care, and increased mortality rates. “Many strategies have been tried to alleviate ED and hospital crowding, some of which involve the entire institution,” explains Peter Viccellio, MD.…

Promoting Thyroid Cancer Awareness

Promoting Thyroid Cancer Awareness | Opinion Article

According to recent estimates, approximately 62,980 people in the United States will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2014, a nearly 5% increase from 2013. The incidence is rapidly increasing among all age groups, and thyroid cancer is especially common in women, who represent three of every four people diagnosed with the disease.…

MCI & AD: Searching for Protective Strategies

MCI & AD: Searching for Protective Strategies | Opinion Article

According to current data, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the sixth leading cause of mortality in the United States. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) can occur as people age and may lead to the development of dementia or AD. Studies suggest that patients with MCI have a 10-fold increased risk of developing dementia when compared with those who are cognitively normal.…

Practical Web Apps to Prepare EDs for Disasters

Practical Web Apps to Prepare EDs for Disasters | Opinion Article

To help EDs prepare for major disasters, scientists at Johns Hopkins University’s National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER) have developed several web-based digital applications. These apps offer advanced research, training, and educational programs to address needs for planning and responding to these events.…

Cardiac Tests & Treatments to Avoid

Cardiac Tests & Treatments to Avoid | Opinion Article

In collaboration with the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Choosing Wisely campaign, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) has issued a list of five specific, evidence-based recommendations that should be avoided in the care of patients who have cardiovascular disease (CVD) or are at risk for it.…

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.

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