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.

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

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 | Conference Coverage

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.

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

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 | Conference Coverage

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 | Conference Coverage

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 | Conference Coverage

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 | Conference Coverage

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.

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