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Clearing Up Pediatric Drowning Misunderstandings

Jun 17, 2022

How to help families enjoy summer swimming without excessive fear or concern.   As the weather warms up and kids run to the pools, drownings are a significant concern among pediatrician...

Lessons Learned in a Year of Leadership Training

Jun 15, 2022

The following was originally posted on February 6 by Kelly Cawcutt, MD, to her personal blog at paragonfire.com.   Oh how COVID-19 has changed everything, right? Even if ...

Dr. MedLaw: EMTALA Violation

Jun 15, 2022

Q: I am on an ad hoc committee at my hospital looking into an EMTALA problem that we are trying to head off. We are a very small facility and the ER only offers limited services. There are two orthope...

Medical Fiction: Dr. Bryan Martino and the Huge Skeleton

Jun 10, 2022

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

Growing Number of New Physicians Seeking Work-Life Balance

Jun 09, 2022

A growing number of new physicians are focused on finding positions in which they can achieve a suitable work-life balance. National physician recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins surveyed final-year me...

Dr. MedLaw: Service Dog

Jun 09, 2022

Q: I own a small medical building in which my office is located. The problem is that one tenant, a speech therapist, gets frequent social visits from her son, who brings his dog, and the dog urinated ...

Sparking Positive Dialogue in Women & Men With Obesity

Jun 06, 2022

While obesity is a chronic, complex disease that can affect anyone, it impacts men and women differently. Although the proportion of men and women with excess weight is about equal, the severity is di...

From the Physician Editor-in-Chief - Chronic Pain: We Need to Ask “Why?”

May 31, 2022

According to the CDC, there are approximately 50 million people in the US living in chronic pain. We all know about the opioid crisis, and this knowledge has done nothing to help alleviate pain many a...

Food Security is the Missing Link in Managing Chronic Conditions

May 27, 2022

Many Americans struggle with chronic conditions. The CDC estimates six in 10 US adults have a chronic disease, and four in 10 have two or more. It is the leading cause of death and disability and a dr...

Medical Fiction: Sammy and the Plastic Pipes

May 27, 2022

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

Screen Early to Prevent CKD and Mitigate Chronic Conditions

May 24, 2022

Currently, about 37 million adults across the United States are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD). By the CDC’s estimate, this is about 15% of all adults in the country. Yet, by that same est...

Medical Fiction: Todd and the Washer

May 20, 2022

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

How to Best Prevent Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

May 18, 2022

The following was originally posted to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Infectious Diseases blog.     Dr. Rupp recently assisted in the creation of ne...

Medical Fiction: Chip and the Pressure

May 13, 2022

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

The Potential of Bariatric Surgery

May 09, 2022

One Tool in Our Arsenal to Combat Obesity   Obesity is a complex disease with a web of interlocking causes that are unique to each patient, including genetics, nutrition, hormones, medi...

“To Mask or Not To Mask?” Is That Really a Question?

May 05, 2022

Throughout the pandemic, there has been so much controversy about masking and distancing.  I’m not an infectious disease specialist, epidemiologist, or even a public health researcher. I’m just a...

Support for Liver Cancer at ASCO 2022

May 04, 2022

Liver cancer is the third-highest cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and incidence of primary liver cancer in the US has tripled in the last four decades. Chronic viral hepatitis is the leading...

An ID Perspective on the Safety of Sushi

May 04, 2022

The following was originally posted to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Infectious Diseases blog.   What does clinical infectious disease research have to offer th...

From the Physician Editor-in-Chief: Is Private Practice Doomed?

May 02, 2022

Decades ago, doctors finished their medical training, hung up their shingle and started practicing medicine. Today, there are many practice arrangements available, from hospital-employed to partnershi...

Medical Fiction: Peter and the Profile

Apr 29, 2022

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...