Latest in Medicine

Quality of End-of-Life Care Similar Between Racial Groups

Quality of End-of-Life Care Similar Between Racial Groups

Family members of both white and black decedents equally reported not always being informed on the decedent's care or progress.

HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Program in UK Likely to be Cost-Effective

HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Program in UK Likely to be Cost-Effective

Researchers found that introduction of a PrEP program would prevent 25% of HIV infections and lead to 40,000 discounted quality-adjusted life years gained over an 80-year time horizon.

Are Abortion Facilities Following Evidence-Based Guidelines?

Are Abortion Facilities Following Evidence-Based Guidelines?

A total of 703 abortion facilities in the US and 94 in Canada were surveyed to estimate the prevalence of medication abortion practices and to compare the regional differences.

Legal Implications of 3-Parent IVF: Is There A Right to Genetic Affinity?

Legal Implications of 3-Parent IVF: Is There A Right to Genetic Affinity?

Banning mitochondrial replacement therapy may violate the reproductive rights of citizens with mitochondrial disorders.

Clinicians Should Actively Discuss Firearm Safety With Patients

Clinicians Should Actively Discuss Firearm Safety With Patients

People who commit firearm violence and those who sustain it often have well-recognized risk factors that may bring them into contact with physicians.

Two Screening Tools Detect Potentially Inappropriate Medications

Two Screening Tools Detect Potentially Inappropriate Medications

Internal medicine patients are frequently prescribed potentially inappropriate medications, but screening tools can detect clinically relevant potentially inappropriate medications.

Online Physician Consumer Ratings Do Not Predict Objective Quality Measures

Online Physician Consumer Ratings Do Not Predict Objective Quality Measures

Researchers say that online ratings should not be the deciding factor when selecting physicians, given their poor association with clinical performance.

Should We Be Screening Young Athletes for Cardiovascular Disease?

Should We Be Screening Young Athletes for Cardiovascular Disease?

It is a common practice for young athletes to undergo some type of preparticipation screening to detect factors associated with a high risk for injury or death, but this screening process has yet to be standardized.

Addressing the Lack of Access to Palliative Care, Pain Management

Addressing the Lack of Access to Palliative Care, Pain Management

More than 25.5 million people who died in 2015 experienced serious health-related suffering and the majority did not have access to palliative care and pain relief.

Patients, PCPs Need to Communicate More Effectively After Urgent Care Visits

Patients, PCPs Need to Communicate More Effectively After Urgent Care Visits

In an online survey, 1735 of 2175 US adults reported experiencing a communication disconnect after an urgent care or emergency department visit.

Ridesharing May Decrease Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes

Ridesharing May Decrease Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes

The researchers found that the results partially supported the hypothesis that Uber's resumption would be associated with fewer alcohol-involved crashes.

Utilizing "Sham Surgery" for the Placebo Effect

Utilizing "Sham Surgery" for the Placebo Effect

Sham surgeries result in positive outcomes for the patient more often than expected.

30-Day Mortality Lower Among Patients Treated by Female Surgeons

30-Day Mortality Lower Among Patients Treated by Female Surgeons

Patients treated by female surgeons were less likely to die within 30 days than patients treated by male surgeons.

AAFP and ABFM Release New System to Streamline CME Credit Approval Process

AAFP and ABFM Release New System to Streamline CME Credit Approval Process

The American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Board of Family Medicine have launched a single credit system to streamline CME credit approvals.

Direct Flat-Fee Primary Care May Address Needs of Uninsured

Direct Flat-Fee Primary Care May Address Needs of Uninsured

Patients are charged a monthly fee for basic, office-based medical care as well as telephone and after-hours physician access.

Tobacco Smoke Legislation Linked to Pediatric Public Health Benefits

Tobacco Smoke Legislation Linked to Pediatric Public Health Benefits

Public health policies related to tobacco smoke legislation are associated with benefits to child health.

Approaching Marijuana Use Counseling in States With Legalization

Approaching Marijuana Use Counseling in States With Legalization

Physicians should provide counseling on the side effects of marijuana to adolescents.

Conflict of Interest Reporting at Medical Conferences Needs Improvement

Conflict of Interest Reporting at Medical Conferences Needs Improvement

An assessment of conflict of interest statements in oral presentations at medical conferences shows that many are not clearly stated.

Women Should Be Screened for Obesity, Given Appropriate Education

Women Should Be Screened for Obesity, Given Appropriate Education

The researchers note that the importance of weight management cannot be overemphasized, as cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in postmenopausal women.

Medicare Paid Over $1.5 Billion to Replace Defective Heart Devices

Medicare Paid Over $1.5 Billion to Replace Defective Heart Devices

To improve identification of the defects, the inspector general recommended that hospitals and doctors be required to submit detailed information identifying failed devices, including serial and batch numbers, during the billing process.

Free E-Newsletter