General Medicine

Similar Outcomes Noted in Treatment by Either General Pediatrician or Pediatric Hospitalist

Similar Outcomes Noted in Treatment by Either General Pediatrician or Pediatric Hospitalist

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Treatment by either a pediatric hospitalist or general pediatrician resulted in similar care outcomes.

Struggles in Managing Iatrogenic Polypharmacy: Case Study

Struggles in Managing Iatrogenic Polypharmacy: Case Study

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Even the use of as few as 2 concomitant drugs can introduce the risk for drug interactions and subsequent adverse effects.

Opioids Now More Deadly for Americans Than Traffic Accidents

Opioids Now More Deadly for Americans Than Traffic Accidents

For the first time in history, Americans' risk for dying from an opioid overdose is higher than their risk for dying in a car accident.

Global Migration and Health Outcomes: Examining a Complex Relationship

Global Migration and Health Outcomes: Examining a Complex Relationship

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A UCL-Lancet Commission set out to examine data related to the health and well-being of international migrants.

Point-of-Care Testing Methods Compared for Influenza Detection

Point-of-Care Testing Methods Compared for Influenza Detection

Study authors aimed to assess the clinical impact of a POC PCR test (the Cobas LIAT Influenza A/B assay) for the diagnosis of influenza.

Physician-Patient Relationships: The Benefits of Long-Term Medical Practice

Physician-Patient Relationships: The Benefits of Long-Term Medical Practice

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Long-term physician-patient relationships are increasingly rare in the era of electronic documentation.

How Should Clinicians Discuss Prognosis With Patients?

How Should Clinicians Discuss Prognosis With Patients?

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Talking to sick patients about their future health prospects is a challenge.

Mobile Health Apps for Headache: An Ongoing Search for Clinical Relevancy

Mobile Health Apps for Headache: An Ongoing Search for Clinical Relevancy

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The main objection among clinical researchers is that commercially developed products often lack a scientific basis for their selection of features.

reSET-O Digital Therapeutic for Opioid Use Disorder Now Available

reSET-O Digital Therapeutic for Opioid Use Disorder Now Available

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Sandoz and Pear Therapeutics announced the launch of reSET-O, a new digital therapeutic for patients aged ≥18 years with opioid use disorder (OUD) currently under clinician care.

Three Ways to Improve Care for Patients With Disabilities

Three Ways to Improve Care for Patients With Disabilities

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Improving communication with and about patients with disabilities is a key step that physicians can take.

How to Apply the AMA <i>Code of Medical Ethics</i> in Naming Patient Conditions: Expert Advice

How to Apply the AMA Code of Medical Ethics in Naming Patient Conditions: Expert Advice

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Naming vs diagnosing a condition can result in varying responses from a patient and may also influence social stigmas.

Blood-Based Medication Monitoring May Effectively ID Patient Medication Use

Blood-Based Medication Monitoring May Effectively ID Patient Medication Use

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Comprehensive medication monitoring "has merit" in identifying patient compliance.

EyeBOX Test Gets FDA OK to Aid in Concussion Diagnosis

EyeBOX Test Gets FDA OK to Aid in Concussion Diagnosis

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The FDA approval was supported by results from the DETECT clinical study which included 282 patients with suspected traumatic brain injury.

Holiday Weight Gain Reduced Through Informational Intervention

Holiday Weight Gain Reduced Through Informational Intervention

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An informational intervention — including weight management and regular self-weighing — can help curb weight gain during the holiday season.

Update on Medical Overuse Highlights Practices That May Harm More Than Help

Update on Medical Overuse Highlights Practices That May Harm More Than Help

The review, which was the fifth annual update discussing medical care overuse, aimed to identify and highlight research articles and literature published in 2017 related to medical overuse in adult patients.

Delayed School Start Shows Benefits for Teens

Delayed School Start Shows Benefits for Teens

Delaying school start times increases the amount of time teenagers sleep, which seems to improve school performance.

Lonafarnib Gets Breakthrough Tx Designation for Progeria, Progeroid Laminopathies

Lonafarnib Gets Breakthrough Tx Designation for Progeria, Progeroid Laminopathies

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There is currently no approved treatment for progeria, an ultra-rare and rapidly fatal genetic condition that causes accelerated aging in children.

Prevalence of Benzodiazepine Use, Misuse Among US Adults Analyzed

Prevalence of Benzodiazepine Use, Misuse Among US Adults Analyzed

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Alprazolam was found to be the most commonly misused benzodiazepine.

EMS Response Time in Low- vs High-Income Neighborhoods

EMS Response Time in Low- vs High-Income Neighborhoods

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Patients from the poorest neighborhoods experienced longer ambulance response and transport times for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Exposure to Heat in Car May Decrease Epinephrine Concentration in Autoinjectors

Exposure to Heat in Car May Decrease Epinephrine Concentration in Autoinjectors

In order to determine the effect of heat exposure on the concentration of adrenaline in EAIs, the study authors placed nine 0.3mg EpiPen Senior EAIs inside a parked car from 8:30 AM until 8:30 PM on a summer day.

Legal and Public Health Issues in Drug Advertising Pricing Examined

Legal and Public Health Issues in Drug Advertising Pricing Examined

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Direct-to-consumer television advertising may not be the best place to provide cost information on prescription drugs and biologic products.

Patient-Reported Outcome Measures May Aid Communication

Patient-Reported Outcome Measures May Aid Communication

Patient-reported outcome measures can be useful for measuring symptoms in primary care clinics if clinicians use these measures to improve care.

Heart Failure Patient Coughs Up Bronchial Tree-Shaped Blood Clot

Heart Failure Patient Coughs Up Bronchial Tree-Shaped Blood Clot

A recently published case report describes the case of a 36-year-old male chronic heart failure patient who, "spontaneously expectorated an intact cast of the right bronchial tree," following an extreme bout of coughing.

Prescription Digital Therapeutic Approved for Opioid Use Disorder

Prescription Digital Therapeutic Approved for Opioid Use Disorder

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reSET-O is intended for use as an adjunct to outpatient treatment that includes transmucosal buprenorphine (medication-assisted-treatment [MAT]) and contingency management for patients aged ≥18 years who are currently under clinician supervision.

USPSTF Intervention to Prevent Child Maltreatment

USPSTF Intervention to Prevent Child Maltreatment

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The United States Preventive Services Task Force has updated their 2013 recommendations for clinician interventions to prevent maltreatment in children.

Medication Errors Resulting in Death Most Common in Elderly

Medication Errors Resulting in Death Most Common in Elderly

Medication errors in acute care that result in death occur most often in patients older than 75 years.

Continuity of Care Tied to Lower Expenditures, Hospitalization

Continuity of Care Tied to Lower Expenditures, Hospitalization

Continuity is one of a handful of core tenets of primary care that should be incorporated into official primary care measures.

CDC: Top 10 Drugs Involved in Drug Overdose Deaths

CDC: Top 10 Drugs Involved in Drug Overdose Deaths

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Using data from the 2011 to 2016 National Vital Statistics System-Mortality files, the authors conducted a literal text analysis of death certificates to identify drugs mentioned as contributing to the cause of overdose death.

Veterans Health Administration Hospitals Outperform Non-VHA Hospitals

Veterans Health Administration Hospitals Outperform Non-VHA Hospitals

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals outperform non-VHA hospitals for 14 of 15 outcome measures in 121.

Ovarian Cancer Screening: Assessing the Risks and Benefits

Ovarian Cancer Screening: Assessing the Risks and Benefits

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Gynecologists may be more likely to change their beliefs about ovarian cancer screening when presented with more detailed evidence about screening benefits and harms.

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