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Treating Anemia in Heart Disease Patients

Treating Anemia in Heart Disease Patients | Opinion Article

Studies indicate that anemia occurs in about one-third of patients with congestive heart failure and up to 20% of those with coronary heart disease (CHD). The condition has been linked to an increased risk for hospitalizations, decreases in exercise capacity, a poorer quality of life, and higher mortality.…

Guidance for PCI Without On-Site Surgical Backup

Guidance for PCI Without On-Site Surgical Backup | Feature

An expert consensus document on PCI at sites without on-site surgical backup has made important updates for clinicians to increase patient safety while maintaining access to quality care for individuals who are underserved.

Discharge Considerations After Minor Head Injuries

Discharge Considerations After Minor Head Injuries | Feature

In elderly patients suffering a fall, long-term anticoagulation has been shown to increase the incidence of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) and mortality. Patients who receive treatment with anticoagulants have a higher risk for bleeding and can sometimes have serious outcomes after experiencing even relatively minor head injuries.…

A Look at Non-Urgent ED Visits & Resource Utilization

A Look at Non-Urgent ED Visits & Resource Utilization | Feature

Results of a national data analysis call into question non-urgent ED visits being categorized as unnecessary. The topic is relevant considering the limited access that patients often have to timely primary care for acute illnesses or injuries.

Progress Seen in Managing Blacks With HIV

Progress Seen in Managing Blacks With HIV | Opinion Article

Research has shown that the percentages of blacks who are linked to and retained in HIV care, taking antiretroviral therapy (ART), and achieving viral suppression are lower than those of other racial and ethnic groups. According to recent estimates, blacks account for 44% of the total number of people in the United States living with HIV but represent just 12% of the U.S.…

The Impact of Test Fee Knowledge

The Impact of Test Fee Knowledge | Opinion Article

Hospital patients and providers are often unaware of the fees that come with most medical services. “The healthcare system is oftentimes not transparent in actual costs for these services,” says Leonard S. Feldman, MD. Failure to have a sense of costs can increase waste in medicine by ordering expensive and often unnecessary tests and/or medications.…

An Update on Pulmonary Rehabilitation

An Update on Pulmonary Rehabilitation | Feature

The American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society have updated recommendations for using pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with chronic respiratory disease. The update reflects considerable growth in knowledge of the efficacy and scope of pulmonary rehabilitation.

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Early-Stage Breast Cancer | Feature

Updated recommendations have been issued for the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with early-stage breast cancer. The update will enable some women with early-stage disease to avoid more invasive procedures and their associated higher risk of complications.

The Costs of Chronic Illnesses: Treat or Eat?

The Costs of Chronic Illnesses: Treat or Eat? | Opinion Article

Studies have suggested that adults with chronic disease are often unable to meet medication and food needs. “Physicians sometimes recommend or prescribe medications to patients with chronic diseases without considering the costs of these therapies,” says Seth A. Berkowitz, MD. Few studies have explored the relationship between cost-related medication underuse and food insecurity.…

Predicting COPD-Related Mortality in the Elderly

Predicting COPD-Related Mortality in the Elderly | Feature

Researchers have developed and analyzed a simplified prognostic mortality tool that uses easy-to-obtain respiratory measures to assess patients with and without diagnosed COPD.

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