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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.

Optimizing Patient Education in Knee Osteoarthritis Care

Optimizing Patient Education in Knee Osteoarthritis Care | Opinion Article

The goals of knee osteoarthritis (OA) treatment are to improve health-related quality of life and limit the progression of joint damage. “The optimal management of knee OA requires that patients be given a combination of non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments,” says Pekka Mooar, MD.…

Palliative Care for Metastatic Cancer

Palliative Care for Metastatic Cancer | Opinion Article

Nearly half of all patients with metastatic cancer have incurable disease, but these individuals can live for years after their initial diagnosis. This is a period in which palliative care can be used to improve quality of life (QOL) for patients and caregivers.…

The Importance of HIV/STD Prevention Counseling

The Importance of HIV/STD Prevention Counseling | Feature

Fewer than half of HIV-infected people who are in active care receive HIV/STD prevention counseling from their provider. This counseling is important to reducing risks for further transmission of HIV and other infectious diseases.

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