CME/CE: The Merits of the MERIT Protocol

Researchers have devised a modified, accelerated allergen immunotherapy (AIT) protocol (MERIT) that combines rapid and safe build-up to the maintenance AIT dose. Most systemic reactions seen with use of MERIT appear to be mild and rapidly reversed with treatment.

CME/CE: Capnography Monitoring Reduces Respiratory Compromise During Procedural Sedation

A meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials shows clear and consistent evidence of a decrease in respiratory compromise with capnography monitoring.

CME/CE: The State of Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a prevalent infection among women in the United States. However, awareness of BV is poor, the diagnosis is complex, and treatment options are limited and less than optimal, leaving room for improvement in these areas.

CME/CE: Enhancing Adherence With ART

Phone-delivered support counseling may help patients with HIV achieve clinically meaningful improvements in adherence to antiretroviral therapy, or ART.

CME/CE: Identifying Allergic Drug Reactions

Study results suggest that graded challenges can be performed safely in two steps with the addition of placebo to reduce false-positive reactions in patients with multiple drug allergies.

CME/CE: Mental Health Neglect Among Physicians

Researchers conducted an anonymous, 24-question survey that asked physician mothers representing all medical specialties about mental health history and treatment, perception of stigma, opinions about state licensing questions on mental health, and personal experiences with reporting.

CME/CE: Assessing Appropriate Use of Vascular Access Devices

The Michigan Appropriateness Guide to Intravenous Catheters has been developed to help clinicians appropriately select vascular access devices. These efforts are important to limiting the risk of complications in critically ill patients.

CME/CE: Talking to Teens About Vaccination

A recent survey suggests that although the vast majority of teenagers and their parents believe it is important for all teens to be vaccinated as recommended by the CDC, vaccination rates among teens are less than optimal. The survey sheds some light on why these rates fall short of Healthy People 2020 goals.

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: SABCS 2017 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at SABCS 2017, the 40th annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, from December 5 to 9. The features here highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: CHEST 2017 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at CHEST 2017, the annual International Scientific Assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians, from October 28 to November 1 in Toronto, Canada. The features below highlight some of the studies emerging from the conference.

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: ACAAI 2017 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at ACAAI 2017, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, from October 26 to 30 in Boston. The features below highlight some of the studies presented at the conference.

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: ACEP17 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at ACEP17, the American College of Emergency Physician’s annual scientific assembly, from October 29 to November 1 in Washington, DC. The features below highlight some of the studies and new information emerging from the conference.

CME/CE: Follow-Up & Drug Adherence After Acute Myocardial Infarction | Conference Coverage

Older patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) appear to have poorer adherence to their post-discharge medication regimens if they go longer periods of time before being followed up. Delaying outpatient follow-up after AMI may worsen outcomes for this patient group.

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: IDWeek 2017 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at IDWeek 2017, the combined annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, HIV Medicine Association, and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, from October 4 to 8 in San Diego. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.

CME/CE: The Overuse of NSAIDs | Conference Coverage

Research suggests that despite widespread use, NSAIDs appear to be associated with several side effects when misused or overused that may make use of these medications dangerous in certain populations and in combination with other drugs.

CME/CE: Guidelines for Managing Breast Cancer Survivors | Conference Coverage

Experts have issued guidelines for managing the care of women with a history of invasive breast cancer. The recommendations can help clinicians increase awareness of and better manage potential long-term and late effects of the disease as well as assist with providing timely and appropriate screening and surveillance.

CME/CE: Changing Behaviors in HIV-Infected Smokers | Conference Coverage

A meta-analysis suggests that targeted behavioral smoking cessation interventions appear to help HIV-infected smokers kick their habit. Patients who attend more sessions are more likely to succeed in quitting smoking.

CME/CE: Age, Race, & Gender Differences in Pneumococcal Disease | Conference Coverage

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: COPD & Provider Accessibility | Conference Coverage

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 | Conference Coverage

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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