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A Mobile Diabetes Intervention

A Mobile Diabetes Intervention | Opinion Article

Evidence is lacking on interventions that are implemented to meet the needs of older adults with diabetes. Among many age groups of adults, mobile phone interventions have been shown to improve diabetes management. To determine whether the impact of such interventions is dependent upon age, Charlene C.…

CVD Risk & Diabetes: A Focus on Lipids

CVD Risk & Diabetes: A Focus on Lipids | Feature

Dyslipidemia is a common condition that coexists with type 2 diabetes and has been identified as a clear risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Controlling individual cholesterol levels is critically important to preventing or slowing CVD in people with diabetes.

Antiviral Therapy for Influenza

Antiviral Therapy for Influenza | Opinion Article

Influenza has been well established as a potentially dangerous pathogen and common cause for clinic visits in the United States. Antiviral treatment within 2 days of the onset of influenza symptoms has been shown to reduce the probability of associated complications.…

Atrial Fibrillation: A Welcome Guideline Update

Atrial Fibrillation: A Welcome Guideline Update | Feature

Experts in cardiology have released an updated guideline on the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Applying these guidelines in an effective, patient-centered way may help decrease the public health burden of AF.

Cardiac Biomarker Testing in the ED

Cardiac Biomarker Testing in the ED | Feature

Cardiac biomarker testing in the ED is common, even among those without symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndromes. Such testing is also frequently used during visits with a high volume of other tests or services. Efforts are needed to use cardiac biomarkers more appropriately.

Rx Pain Drugs Surveying Practices & Beliefs

Rx Pain Drugs Surveying Practices & Beliefs | Opinion Article

According to current estimates, the clinical use of prescription opioids nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010. As more patients have been prescribed these medications, there has been an increase in the incidence of opioid abuse, addiction, injury, and death. “More recently, the medical community has started to pay greater attention to the mounting epidemic of prescription opioids,” says G.…

Elective PCI: Examining How Information is Presented

Elective PCI: Examining How Information is Presented | Feature

Most patients with mild, stable angina assume that PCI prevents heart attacks and are likely to choose the procedure, according to published research. Explicit and explanatory information may help overcome potential biases and influence decision making for elective PCI.

Opioid Use & Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty

Opioid Use & Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty | Opinion Article

Reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA), a procedure designed for treating diseased rotator cuff tears with arthritis, can be used to improve function and provide pain relief. Opioids are being used more commonly as a non-surgical approach for these patients, but little is known about outcomes for RSA in individuals with a history of preoperative opioid use.…

Dealing With the Aging Surgeon

Dealing With the Aging Surgeon | Feature

Rather than push for mandatory retirement ages for surgeons, innovative programs for aging surgeons may help balance patient safety and liability risks with the dignity of the surgeon and their value as a resource to society.

Hypertension Trends in the U.S.

Hypertension Trends in the U.S. | Opinion Article

Healthy People 2020 is a national initiative that was launched in 2010 and outlines 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention. Reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease is part of the initiative, and Healthy People 2020 established the following goals for adults in the United States regarding blood pressure (BP) control.…

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