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Statin Adherence a Major Issue in Most At-Risk Patients | Medical Blog

First, the good news: Patients with high adherence to statin therapy can increase their expected quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) by as many as 1.5 compared with patients

Improving Boomeratric Care Services | Opinion Article

The population of baby boomers and geriatric adults—the “boomeratric”™ generation—is continuing to increase in the United States. Implementing initiatives such as a geriatric fracture care program can lead to significant healthcare cost savings and reductions in future hospitalizations while streamlining the continuum of care.

Surgery Update 2011 | eMedia

Read an exclusive collection of articles on recent topics in surgery, including insights in treating SFA & popliteal arteries, preventing postoperative pneumonia, balancing life with a career

Updated Guidelines for Secondary Stroke Prevention | Opinion Article

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) released updated guidelines to prevent subsequent stroke in survivors of ischemic strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). They include new recommendations for treating metabolic syndrome, stenting of the carotid artery, and atrial fibrillation, among other updates.

Updated Guidelines: Primary Stroke Prevention | Opinion Article

New guidelines released for the primary prevention of stroke reviews evidence on established and emerging risk factors for stroke. Clinicians are now urged to address primary prevention of both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke because the risk factors and prevention strategies for these events largely overlap.

The Framework for Eliminating HAIs | Feature

Healthcare-associated infections, or HAIs, are among the leading causes of death, but they can be eliminated by implementing a proven four-part framework for prevention at all levels of healthcare delivery.

Making the Link Between CKD & Atrial Fibrillation | Opinion Article

Studies have shown that patients with advanced chronic kidney disease, including those on dialysis, have an increased risk for atrial fibrillation.

Guidelines Update: Managing Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage | Feature

Updated guidelines for the treatment of spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) in adults by the AHA and ASA stress that ICH is a treatable disorder, and the overall aggressiveness of care is directly related to mortality from this disease.

Conference Highlights: Society of Critical Care Medicine 2011 | Conference Coverage reports that the SCCM annual congress addressed important issues in the management of critically ill and injured patients, including CNS disorders in pediatric patients, early metabolic

Conference Highlight: Society of Critical Care Medicine | Conference Coverage

New research presented at the 40th annual congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine from January 15-19, 2011 in San Diego addressed important issues in the

Increasing Awareness of Atrial Fibrillation | Feature

A new educational program urges clinicians to communicate with their patients about their awareness of atrial fibrillation, a condition linked to increased risk of stroke.

Public Awareness of Specialized Stroke Hospitals | Opinion Article

When managing stroke, time is brain. Every minute that stroke therapy is delayed can make a major difference in outcomes for patients. Appropriate treatment of stroke requires

New Superbug Surfaces in Three States | Medical Blog

An alarming new adaptable gene that can turn several common germs and types of bacteria into superbugs, resistant to almost all antibiotics, has infected people in the

Managing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections | Feature

New guidelines for catheter-associated urinary tract infections encourage restricted use of catheterization to patients with clear indications and prompt removal of catheters when they are no longer needed.

Salmonella Outbreak Persists | Medical Blog

The current salmonella scare is the largest outbreak of this strain since the CDC  started surveillance of outbreaks in the 1970s. And according to the CDC, for

Managing Thoracic Aortic Disease | Opinion Article

Scientific and clinical advances in medicine have driven the development of new guidelines, significantly impacting the diagnosis and management of aortic dissection, aortic aneurysms, and other forms of thoracic aortic disease.

Risk of Dying from Coronary Heart Disease Drops 50% | Medical Blog

When it comes to the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), Americans seem to be heading in the right direction.  An article to be published in the

Identifying High-Risk Patients for EVAR | Feature

New data suggest that using a simple scoring system can help quantify perioperative risk for patients who may be candidates for endovascular aneurysm repair, or EVAR.

Distal Radius Fractures: New Guidelines | Feature

New guidelines for distal radius fractures emphasize that physicians tailor treatments for patients to optimize outcomes, but more data are needed to fine-tune current recommendations.

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