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Exploring the Rising Prevalence of Symptomatic Knee OA

Exploring the Rising Prevalence of Symptomatic Knee OA | Opinion Article

The prevalence of knee pain and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) appears to have increased substantially over a span of more than 20 years. As rates of knee OA increase, greater vigilance is needed for providing the most appropriate therapies to treat the condition.

How Primary Care Can Help Reduce Avoidable ED Visits

How Primary Care Can Help Reduce Avoidable ED Visits | Opinion Article

Throughout the United States, patients are using the ED for the treatment of acute but minor episodic conditions. According to Truven Health Analytics, 42% of ED visits are for urgencies that could be treated in the primary care office setting. Even as more urgent care centers are being opened, this problem persists.…

Managing Skin Abscesses in the MRSA Era

Managing Skin Abscesses in the MRSA Era | Feature

Abscesses are a common form of skin and soft-tissue infections in the MRSA era and are increasing in incidence. The mainstays of management are incision and drainage, but adjunctive antibiotics and wound cultures can also be effective for select patients. Prevention strategies are paramount.

The Increasing Burden of Atrial Fibrillation

The Increasing Burden of Atrial Fibrillation | Feature

The incidence and prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) is progressively increasing across the globe. Mortality in patients with AF has also risen over the past 2 decades, indicating a need for greater awareness of the disease and strategies to prevent it.

Relieving Pain in Colorectal Surgery

Relieving Pain in Colorectal Surgery | Feature

Researchers have developed enhanced recovery pathways (ERP) to improve outcomes and reduce readmissions in colorectal surgery patients. “ERP protocols use a set of standardized pre- and postoperative orders,” explains Conor P. Delaney, MD, PhD, FACS, FASCRS. “Research clearly shows that these protocols can help speed recovery and improve outcomes.” ERP protocols emphasize early mobilization after surgery, optimal analgesia, and control of intravenous fluid volumes.…

Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer: Assessing Long-Term Results

Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer: Assessing Long-Term Results | Feature

Proton therapy appears to be highly effective for low-,intermediate-, and high-risk prostate cancer patients and offers the added benefits of being minimally toxic. The procedure appears to have excellent patient-reported outcomes among men with the disease.

Moving Emergency Care Systems Forward

Moving Emergency Care Systems Forward | Feature

Emergency care is an essential component of healthcare delivery in the United States but remains outdated and fragmented. A common sense approach to increasing the value of emergency care delivery is to develop regionalized integrated networks by taking advantage of market, financial, and technological changes to achieve a critical shift in emergency care.…

Substance Use Disorders Among Emergency Physicians

Substance Use Disorders Among Emergency Physicians | Feature

Emergency physicians with substance use disorders who participate in Physician Health Programs for 5 years appear to have a good prognosis after completing treatment. Despite this encouraging finding, greater awareness is needed about these problems and the resources available to treat affected emergency physicians.

A Closer Look at MI Among Younger Women

A Closer Look at MI Among Younger Women | Feature

Over time, the frequency of myocardial infarction (MI) in the United States has been declining overall as improvements have been made with regard to medical therapy for coronary artery disease. Although there has been a decline in the rate of ST-elevation MI (STEMI) in those aged 55 and older, the rate has remained steady in patients younger than 55 and among younger women.…

Updated Guidelines for Valvular Heart Disease

Updated Guidelines for Valvular Heart Disease | Feature

Experts have released an updated guideline for valvular heart disease that restructures the definitions of disease severity. The recommendations also provide a more thorough evaluation of interventional risk and indications for newer catheter-based therapies.

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