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Intensive Lifestyle Interventions: Assessing the Impact

Intensive Lifestyle Interventions: Assessing the Impact | Feature

Using intensive behavioral interventions that focus on losing weight and having patients participate in regular physical activity may result in fewer hospitalizations and a lesser need for prescription medications.

The Sensitive Subject of HIV Treatment Side Effects

The Sensitive Subject of HIV Treatment Side Effects | Opinion Article

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is essential to keeping HIV from replicating and further infecting CD4 lymphocytes. When taken as prescribed, these medications have significantly increased life expectancy over the past 25 years. HIV has shifted from being an infection with dire consequences to one that is considered a manageable, chronic condition when treated with ART.…

Examining Why HIV Patients Discontinue ART

Examining Why HIV Patients Discontinue ART | Feature

About one of every 20 adults receiving HIV care in the United States who report taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) have discontinued treatment. Interventions are needed to increase adherence to ART and identify groups at increased risk of ART discontinuation.

Protocol-Based Care for Septic Shock

Protocol-Based Care for Septic Shock | Opinion Article

Until recently, the hospital mortality of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock was 50%. In 2001, a single-center ED study found that mortality in patients with severe sepsis or septic shock was significantly lower among those treated according to a 6-hour protocol of early goal-directed therapy (EGDT) than for those receiving standard therapy.…

Identifying Patients With Problematic Drug Use in the ED

Identifying Patients With Problematic Drug Use in the ED | Feature

The vast majority of ED patients reporting use of any drug other than marijuana appear to meet criteria for problematic drug use. ED-based efforts to reduce the unmet need for substance use treatment may improve outcomes and potentially decrease overall healthcare costs.

Expert Recommendations for Below-the-Knee PAD

Expert Recommendations for Below-the-Knee PAD | Feature

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions has released recommendations for treating infrapopliteal, or “below-the-knee,” peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The recommendations can guide physicians during decision making on the most appropriate care for these PAD patients based on their unique characteristics.

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.…

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