A Nurse Is to a Patient What a Mother Is to a Child

I was on inpatient service and reviewed the patient’s chart to find out that her cancer had spread to her spine, which had incapacitated her to the point that she could not walk on her own and required assistance even for...

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Video Evidence in Malpractice Cases

With the use of video on the rise in court cases, attor- neys are also more sophisticated about tapping into its influence. But the legal standards regarding rules of evidence about a video’s credibility and authenticity are...

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Docs on a Plane: Obligations in In-Flight Emergencies?

It’s your first real vacation in 2 years and the cabin loudspeaker comes on: “Is there a doctor on board?” Now what? Ethically, if you can help, you should help, but there is no duty to an ill or injured passenger to compel your...

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Conference Highlights: IAS 2021

New research was presented at IAS 2021, the virtual 11th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science, from July 18-21. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference. HIV Increases...

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Q&A: Physicians Ask About Office Mask Mandates

Q: Everyone in the office must wear a mask while they are here, but I am concerned about what they do outside. A lot of the staff are young, and they may be going out in large unmasked groups or otherwise acting stupidly when...

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Discussing Racism in the Primary Care Office

After George Floyd’s death from a police officer kneeling on his neck, I began to reflect on how I can guide all my patients to be anti-racist. I decided to approach the topic in the same breath as counseling about safety, which...

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Risks & Benefits of UTI Prophylaxis in Older Adults

Older patients have a higher risk of UTIs than younger patients, largely due to immunosenescence, but they are also more prone to the harms of antibiotic treatment, including adverse events, drug–drug interactions, and C....

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High Rates of Macrolide Resistance in S. pneumoniae

There are high rates of macrolide-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae throughout the United States, according to a study published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. Investigators identified 3,626 patients with a positive S....

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