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Managing CKD in Patients With HIV

Managing CKD in Patients With HIV | Opinion Article

Studies indicate that up to one-third of people with HIV has abnormal kidney function. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) in this patient population increases morbidity and mortality risks, making it imperative to recognize CKD early and diagnose its underlying causes. Recently, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) published an update to its 2005 guideline for the management of CKD in patients with HIV in Clinical Infectious Diseases.…

The 2015 Immunization Schedule for Adults

The 2015 Immunization Schedule for Adults | Feature

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recently approved the most up-to-date recommendations for adult immunizations. ACIP’s schedule provides a summary of the organization’s key recommendations for using vaccines routinely.

The Burden of COPD & Symptom Severity

The Burden of COPD & Symptom Severity | Feature

Survey results indicate that there appears to be a disconnect between the perceptions of disease severity among patients with COPD and the reality of how well the disease is being managed. Findings highlight the importance of patient education and objective symptom assessment.

Preventing SSIs: An Evidence-Based Update

Preventing SSIs: An Evidence-Based Update | Feature

An updated guide provides evidence-based strategies for preventing surgical site infections (SSIs) and offers a framework to prioritize and implement strategies to reduce these infections. The SSI recommendations go beyond standard practices that are required by many organizations.

Hip Fracture Surgery: Costs & Benefits

Hip Fracture Surgery: Costs & Benefits | Opinion Article

According to current estimates, more than 300,000 patients—mostly people aged 65 and older—sustain a hip fracture each year in the United States, and the annual incidence is expected to exceed 500,000 by 2040. Hip fractures often result in nursing home stays, higher mortality, and lower quality of life.…

Cardiometabolic Risk, Type 2 Diabetes, & Heart Disease

Cardiometabolic Risk, Type 2 Diabetes, & Heart Disease | Feature

Cardiometabolic risk should be routinely assessed in patients with type 2 diabetes, and multiple prevention and management strategies may be required to achieve goals. Healthcare providers should have conversations with their patients about the connection between diabetes, heart disease, and stroke as well as the benefits of prevention.

Malpractice Reform’s Effect on ED Care

Malpractice Reform’s Effect on ED Care | Feature

Malpractice reform laws providing specific protections to emergency physicians do not appear to have any effect on their clinical practice, according to a study. The analysis found little support for the idea that such laws can yield savings by reducing defensive medicine.

Updated Guidelines for NSTE-ACS

Updated Guidelines for NSTE-ACS | Opinion Article

Recently, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) updated their guideline on the management of patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). “This guideline is the first full revision of previous recommendations since 2007,” says Ezra A. Amsterdam, MD, FACC, who co-chaired the ACC/AHA writing committee.…

An Update for Preventing MRSA

An Update for Preventing MRSA | Feature

Several expert groups have released new guidelines to help reduce the prevalence of MRSA and improve patient safety in hospitals. This guidance can serve as a roadmap for prioritizing and implementing MRSA prevention strategies.

Assessing Aspirin Use for CVD Prevention

Assessing Aspirin Use for CVD Prevention | Opinion Article

Aspirin is used as a primary strategy to help prevent a first occurrence of cardiovascular disease (CVD). It can also be used as secondary prevention for survivors of heart attacks and strokes to prevent additional cardiovascular events.

The American Heart Asso­ciation recommends daily low-dose aspirin for people at high risk of heart attacks and regular use of low-dose aspirin for heart attack survivors.…

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