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Month: July 2010

Improving Medication Adherence in HIV

Since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy more than a decade ago, morbidity and mortality among patients infected with HIV has decreased considerably thanks to improved access to care, prophylaxis against opportunistic...

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A New Approach to Reducing the HAI Burden

The prevention of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs)—particularly bloodstream infections (BSIs) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)—has become a focus of critical care and a marker for quality among ICUs due to their...

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Distal Radius Fractures: New Guidelines

Distal radius fractures are among the most common fractures in the body, usually occurring as a result of a fall. The radius is the most commonly broken bone in the arm. Typically, these breaks occur when a person’s fall causes...

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American Society of Clinical Oncology 2010

The American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, held its 2010 annual meeting from June 4 to 8 in Chicago. The features below highlight some of the news emerging from the meeting. » A New Screening Strategy for Ovarian Cancer...

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Improving Quality of Life for Migraineurs

One of the unmet needs of the migraine population is the identification of individuals who actively require treatment. When migraine is left untreated or inadequately treated, increased medical costs and decreased productivity...

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Measuring Preventable Harm

Although the healthcare community has expressed a strong desire to measure safety outcomes, accomplishing this feat has been challenging due to poor investment in the basic science of patient safety. There is a need for basic...

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Adopting Aldosterone Antagonist Therapy

Randomized clinical trials on the use of aldosterone antagonists in eligible patients with heart failure have shown an incremental 15% to 30% reduction in all-cause mortality. They also have been associated with a substantial...

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Catching the Warning Signs of DVT

In the United States, more people die each year from pulmonary embolism (PE) than motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS. Most PEs are complications of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). In fact, more than 2 million Americans...

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