CME

CME/CE: COPD & Provider Accessibility

Research from the CDC indicates that although the vast majority of patients with COPD reside within close proximity to a primary care physician, many lack such access to pulmonologists. Even in some urban areas, pulmonologists are outnumbered by COPD patients at a rate of 1,600:1.

CME/CE: A Closer Look at Leftover Pain Drugs

A survey has found that many parents hold onto their child’s leftover pain drugs. The findings highlight the need for healthcare providers to talk with parents and guide them on what to do with these medications after they are no longer needed.

CME/CE: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Older Cancer Patients

New research indicates that stereotactic body radiation therapy appears to be safe and effective in older patients with cancer.

CME/CE: Addressing Sugar Intake to Achieve Weight Loss

Researchers have detailed the dangers of fructose, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, in the diet. They note the benefits of even small, short-term changes to fructose intake.

Addressing Sugar Intake to Achieve Weight Loss

Researchers have detailed the dangers of fructose, particularly high-fructose corny syrup, in the diet. They note the benefits of even small, short-term changes to fructose intake.

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: IAS 2017

New research was presented at IAS 2017, the biennial International Aids Society Conference on HIV Science, from June 23 to 26 in Paris. The features presented highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.

CME/CE: Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Recommendations

Experts have released recommendations on the use of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy. The document emphasizes ensuring that candidates understand the data about contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, including a lack of survival benefit, as well as possible benefits, complications, and alternatives to this procedure.

CME/CE: Skin-Prick Testing for Allergic Rhinitis

A meta-analysis indicates that skin-prick testing appears to be accurate in discriminating patients with or without allergic rhinitis.

CME/CE – MACRA: 5 Tips to Protect Your Practice’s Reputation

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is bringing a lot of change to healthcare, including reimbursement based on quality, value, and results of care. While physicians determine which MACRA measures to complete in this 2017 transition year and how they will affect payment, the same careful attention should be paid to how quality measures will affect physician reputation.

CME/CE: Managing Chronic Pain in Survivors of Adult Cancers

A clinical practice guideline has been issued on the management of chronic pain in adult cancer survivors. Recommendations are provided for a full range of evidence-based strategies to safely and effectively treat persistent pain in this unique patient population.

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: ASM Microbe 2017

New research was presented at ASM Microbe 2017, the combined annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology and the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, from June 1 to 5 New Orleans. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.

CME/CE: Identifying Elder Abuse in the Emergency Department

Elder abuse is increasingly common among patients presenting to the ED. Developing screening protocols and using a multidisciplinary team-based approach may improve the detection and care of elder abuse in EDs.

CME/CE: HIV Transmission Risk During Antiretroviral Therapy | Feature

The risk for transmitting HIV appears to persist during the first 6 months of antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to a study. For those taking ART for less than 6 months, researchers observed that patients had incomplete viral suppression in blood and genital compartments.

CME/CE: Comparing Back Pain Management Strategies | Feature

CME/CE: Cardiac Rehab Benefits Older Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients | Feature

Greater participation in cardiac rehabilitation programs is associated with improved survival and medication adherence in the Medicare population after these individuals experience an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Physicians should encourage older AMI patients to continue participating in these sessions to improve long-term outcomes.

Age, Race, & Gender Differences in Pneumococcal Disease | Feature

Study results suggest that gender differences exist in rates of invasive pneumococcal disease among adults. These differences remain following the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.

CME/CE Conference Highlights: AATS 2017 | Feature

New research was presented at AATS 2017, the annual meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, from April 29 to May 3 in Boston. The features below highlight some of the studies emerging from the conference.

CME/CE: Increasing Life Expectancy in HIV | Feature

Researchers have found that there appears to be a discrepancy in life expectancy between HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected patients, even when early treatment and access-to-care issues are addressed.

CME/CE: Guideline Update for Heart Failure Treatment | Feature

Experts in cardiology have updated a major guideline to reflect the addition of new types of drug options for heart failure (HF). With treatments for patients with HF expanding, there appears to be more hope than ever before for these individuals.

A Closer Look at Leftover Pain Drugs | Feature

A survey has found that many parents hold onto their child’s leftover pain drugs. The findings highlight the need for healthcare providers to talk with parents and guide them on what to do with these medications after they are no longer needed.

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