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Refining Neurosurgery Practices

Refining Neurosurgery Practices | Opinion Article

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons recently joined the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Choosing Wisely campaign with their own list of five practices to avoid in neurosurgery. “The purpose,” says Daniel K. Resnick, MD, “is to alert patients and physicians to common practices that may not be necessary or efficacious.”

The Recommendations

1) Do not administer steroids after severe traumatic brain injuries.…

Assessing the Surgical Care of Breast Cancer

Assessing the Surgical Care of Breast Cancer | Feature

Use of bilateral mastectomy has increased significantly over the past decade despite not being associated with lower mortality when compared with other surgical options. Recent study findings may help inform decision making about surgical treatment for breast cancer.

Living for Yourself, Prioritizing Your Needs

Living for Yourself, Prioritizing Your Needs | Opinion Article

Research indicates that physicians tend to put the needs of their patients before their own. “We’re never taught that we’re allowed to put any of our own needs first, or even that it’s sometimes healthy to do so,” says Robb Hicks, MD.…

Enhancing Quality in the Pediatric Cath Lab

Enhancing Quality in the Pediatric Cath Lab | Opinion Article

According to published estimates, about one in 110 babies in the United States is born with congenital heart disease. On the surface, the incidence of the disease is relatively low, but the consequences can be profound. New, rapidly evolving interventional treatments are extending lives and enhancing the quality of life for children living with congenital heart disease.…

New Options for Treating Opioid Addiction

New Options for Treating Opioid Addiction | Opinion Article

The quest for improved outcomes in the treatment of opioid addiction is accelerating on several fronts. Buprenorphine is widely used for the treatment of opioid dependence. Studies have shown that it’s an effective means to reduce opioid cravings and help prevent withdrawal symptoms.…

Enhancing Care With Robotic Prostatectomy

Enhancing Care With Robotic Prostatectomy | Opinion Article

During the last decade, the number of robot-assisted prostatectomies performed in the United States has risen steadily throughout the country. Several factors have led to more complex patients being offered surgery for organ-confined prostate cancer, including refined surgical techniques, a better understanding of anatomy, and more experience.…

Updating Pneumococcal Vaccine Recommendations

Updating Pneumococcal Vaccine Recommendations | Feature

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has updated its recommendations for vaccinating adults aged 65 and older against pneumococcal infections.

CT-Based Lung Cancer Screening in HIV

CT-Based Lung Cancer Screening in HIV | Opinion Article

Studies have found that patients with HIV have a two- to five-fold greater risk of lung cancer when compared with patients from the general population. Other research has suggested that CT-based lung cancer screening can help decrease lung cancer mortality in heavy smokers.…

A Resource to Help Care for Obesity

A Resource to Help Care for Obesity | Opinion Article

Few providers have the resources or time to implement guidelines for managing overweight and obese patients, according to Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP. To overcome this obstacle, Dr. Aronne and other experts in obesity and weight-management care developed BMIQ (www.bmiq.com), a website that allows healthcare providers to add a comprehensive, office-based program to their medical practice.…

New Guidelines for Hepatitis C Testing

New Guidelines for Hepatitis C Testing | Feature

The CDC has released updated guidance on testing for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The update focuses on several developments in the field that have occurred in conjunction with increasing availability of antiviral agents for HCV.

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