Recent Features

A Critical View of Low-Value Medical Care

A Critical View of Low-Value Medical Care | Feature

To reduce low-value care, it is important that clinical care become patient-centered and cost-conscious within a framework of evidence-based practice.

Guiding Follow-Up Care in Breast Cancer

Guiding Follow-Up Care in Breast Cancer | Feature

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has reissued its recommendations for managing and following up patients with breast cancer who have completed primary therapy. Open dialogue and coordinated care planning are paramount to optimizing outcomes.

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.…

Treatment-Resistant Hypertension: Assessing Predictors & Outcomes

Treatment-Resistant Hypertension: Assessing Predictors & Outcomes | Feature

Treatment-resistant hypertension appears to be common in patients with coronary artery disease and hypertension, highlighting the need for early recognition of at-risk patients.

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.…

Stroke Guidelines for Women

Stroke Guidelines for Women | Feature

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have released women-specific guidelines on reducing stroke risk. Many risk factors for women are present at younger ages, meaning that early recognition of stroke risk may lead to earlier use of prevention strategies.

Blood Transfusions & Infection Risk

Blood Transfusions & Infection Risk | Feature

Researchers evaluated whether RBC transfusion thresholds were associated with risk of infection and whether these risks were independent of leukocyte reduction.

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.…

Assessing Women’s Knowledge of Stroke Warning Signs

Assessing Women’s Knowledge of Stroke Warning Signs | Feature

A national study has found that knowledge of stroke warning signs is low among women, especially Hispanics. The data highlight an important knowledge gap that warrants effective clinical counseling strategies and public awareness campaigns that target women.

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