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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.

Diagnosing & Staging Esophageal Cancer

Diagnosing & Staging Esophageal Cancer | Opinion Article

The overall 5-year survival rates for esophageal cancer are less than 15%. Although esophagectomy has been the traditional gold standard for early stage disease, optimal treatment for localized disease has generated debate in light of the overall poor survival rate. In 2013, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) published a set of clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of localized esophageal cancer in Annals of Thoracic Surgery.…

Optimizing Migraine Care

Optimizing Migraine Care | Feature

The American Headache Society joined the Choosing Wisely initiative and produced a list of five tests and procedures that are associated with low-value care in headache medicine.

Stratifying Risk in SCD: Planning for the Future

Stratifying Risk in SCD: Planning for the Future | Feature

Experts have crafted an action plan to save lives and reduce healthcare spending with the use of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators to prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD). Collaboration is needed to help ensure that SCD patients receive these devices if they stand to derive benefit from receiving them.

Decriminalizing Marijuana: Assessing Unintentional Pediatric Exposure

Decriminalizing Marijuana: Assessing Unintentional Pediatric Exposure | Feature

A study has found that the rate of unintentional pediatric exposures increased in states that have passed marijuana legislation. Ongoing surveillance is crucial in assessing the marijuana industry’s effect on children and evaluating prevention efforts.

Expert, Real-Time Advice on HCV

Expert, Real-Time Advice on HCV | Opinion Article

The AASLD and the IDSA, in collaboration with the IAS-USA, launched HCVguidelines.org, a website that provides up-to-date guidance for the treatment of HCV.

Refusal of Curative Care in the ED

Refusal of Curative Care in the ED | Opinion Article

Resuscitating and stabilizing acutely ill or injured patients is a top priority for ED personnel, but traditional aggressive approaches to care may sometimes not suit the needs of those with advanced chronic illnesses who present to the ED with critical or terminal events.…

Reducing  Poor Surgical  Oncology Practices

Reducing Poor Surgical Oncology Practices | Feature

Many of the tests and procedures commonly performed in surgical oncology are not always necessary. Experts have released new recommendations to support conversations between physicians and patients on care that is truly necessary.

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