Recent Features

Guidelines for Methadone Safety

Guidelines for Methadone Safety | Feature

The American Pain Society has released guidelines on methadone safety, providing recommendations developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel. Clinical skills and knowledge on the safe use of methadone are imperative to mitigating potential risks.

Bariatric Surgery: Looking at Long-Term Follow-Up

Bariatric Surgery: Looking at Long-Term Follow-Up | Opinion Article

Many published studies on bariatric surgery are retrospective, short-term analyses with insufficient follow-up. “Obesity is a chronic illness that is linked to important comorbidities,” says Nancy Puzziferri, MD, MS. “Obesity treatments need to be assessed in long-term studies, particularly for invasive procedures like bariatric surgery.”

There is plenty of short-term evidence about the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery for up to 1 year after the procedure, but few data are available about long-term outcomes.…

Echocardiography Use in Pediatric Heart Patients

Echocardiography Use in Pediatric Heart Patients | Opinion Article

With the rapid advance-ment of cardiovascular imaging technologies, it is important for physicians to understand how best to incorporate these options into clinical care and how to choose between imaging modalities. Recently, the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and other expert societies released the first appropriate use criteria (AUC) for suspected heart disease in pediatric patients.…

Women & IHD: Coming to a Consensus

Women & IHD: Coming to a Consensus | Feature

A consensus statement from the American Heart Association provides clinicians with the tools and information to accurately detect and determine risks for ischemic heart disease in women.

Malnutrition Among the Elderly in EDs

Malnutrition Among the Elderly in EDs | Opinion Article

According to published research, malnutrition is a common but underdiagnosed condition among older adults and has been linked to physical and cognitive decline, a lower quality of life, and a higher risk of death. Studies suggest that the elderly are particularly vulnerable because of loss of appetite, comorbidities, medications, and environmental factors.…

Linking Asthma to OSA Risk

Linking Asthma to OSA Risk | Opinion Article

Mounting evidence suggests there is a strong relationship between asthma and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), whereby each disorder deleteriously influences the other. However, little is known regarding which condition leads to the other. Understanding the initiating processes of the potentially self-reinforcing asthma–OSA cycle could help reduce the burden of both conditions.…

Caring for COPD Caregivers

Caring for COPD Caregivers | Feature

Experts have created a program that is designed to provide family caregivers of COPD patients knowledge and tools to help manage the disease.

Guidelines for Managing Fatigue in Cancer Survivors

Guidelines for Managing Fatigue in Cancer Survivors | Feature

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released adapted guidelines on managing fatigue in adult cancer survivors. The guidelines call for regular screening, assessment, education, and appropriate treatment.

Sexual Risk & Men Who Have Sex With Men

Sexual Risk & Men Who Have Sex With Men | Feature

In recent years, annual increases have been observed in the number of HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM). Understanding trends in sexual risk behaviors among MSM may help shed light on why these increases are occurring and help clinicians develop interventions to address the issue.…

Examining Office Visit Trends for Diabetes

Examining Office Visit Trends for Diabetes | Feature

Office visits by patients with diabetes are increasing throughout the country, according to a recent report, and diabetes is not the only health concern for most patients. Examining rates of office-based physician visits is important given changes in standards of care that may influence these visits.

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