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Guideline Update: Early Treatment Decisions in Acute Pancreatitis

Guideline Update: Early Treatment Decisions in Acute Pancreatitis

The new clinical guidelines address initial management of acute pancreatitis, a critical period for treatment decisions.

When Body Language Says What Words Cannot: Interpreting Patients' Unspoken Messages

When Body Language Says What Words Cannot: Interpreting Patients' Unspoken Messages

Sometimes what someone says with body language is clear, but sometimes it's not — and physicians need to do a little exploring.

Racial, Gendered Barriers Prevent Access to Psychological Care

Racial, Gendered Barriers Prevent Access to Psychological Care

Researchers compared care access and utilization among adults with psychological distress by race, ethnicity, and gender.

Parental Alcohol Supply May Increase Binge Drinking, Alcohol-Related Harms in Adolescents

Parental Alcohol Supply May Increase Binge Drinking, Alcohol-Related Harms in Adolescents

Levels of reported alcohol dependence and abuse were similar to community-level samples found throughout Australia and other high-income countries.

FDA: Kratom Analysis Identifies Structural Similarities to Opioid Analgesics

FDA: Kratom Analysis Identifies Structural Similarities to Opioid Analgesics

To date, 44 deaths have been associated with the use of kratom.

Improvement in Influenza Vaccination Rates With Combination Patient Portal Messaging, Interactive Phone Calls

Improvement in Influenza Vaccination Rates With Combination Patient Portal Messaging, Interactive Phone Calls

Patient portal and voice call notifications resulted in a "small but significant" improvement in vaccination rates.

Characteristics of Antibiotic Prescribing Habits in Advanced Practice vs Physician Providers Examined

Characteristics of Antibiotic Prescribing Habits in Advanced Practice vs Physician Providers Examined

Advanced practice providers were 15% more likely to prescribe antibiotics to adult patients.

Novel Tool Utilizing UV Light May Combat Spread of Influenza

Novel Tool Utilizing UV Light May Combat Spread of Influenza

Unlike broad-spectrum UVC light, far-UVC light has not been linked to skin cancer or cataracts.

Updated Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes: Focus on CVD, Youth Screening

Updated Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes: Focus on CVD, Youth Screening

Specific changes in the 2018 Standards of Medical Care include a focus on cardiovascular disease, youth screening, and considerations in A1C testing.

FDA Approves Avycaz for Hospital-Acquired, Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

FDA Approves Avycaz for Hospital-Acquired, Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

The approval of Avycaz comes as new treatment strategies to fight bacterial pneumonia are needed.

Short-Term vs Career NFL Play: Is Long-Term Mortality Risk Increased?

Short-Term vs Career NFL Play: Is Long-Term Mortality Risk Increased?

Short-term vs career participation in the National Football League was examined to determine players' long-term mortality risks.

ACIP Releases 2018 Child, Adolescent Immunization Schedule

ACIP Releases 2018 Child, Adolescent Immunization Schedule

Several updates have been made to the 2017 immunization schedule, including revised recommendations for poliovirus, influenza, and MMR vaccines.

Immunization Update: 2018 Recommended Schedule for Adults Released by ACIP

Immunization Update: 2018 Recommended Schedule for Adults Released by ACIP

Major changes to the adult immunization schedule include new recommendations for the recombinant zoster vaccine and additional doses of the MMR vaccine in a mumps outbreak setting.

Worldwide Increase in 5-Year Cancer Survival Trends

Worldwide Increase in 5-Year Cancer Survival Trends

Survival trends increased up to 5% for cancers of the liver, pancreas, and lung.

Short Sleep Duration Common Among Middle, High School Students, Per CDC

Short Sleep Duration Common Among Middle, High School Students, Per CDC

State-level estimates of sleep duration ranged from 61.8% to 82.5% in South Dakota and West Virginia, respectively.

Guiding Opioid Prescribing Behavior in the Emergency Department: EMR-Based Interventions

Guiding Opioid Prescribing Behavior in the Emergency Department: EMR-Based Interventions

An electronic "nudge" provided by electronic medical records may decrease the percentage of prescriptions written for more than 10 opioid tablets.

Humanities Courses Linked to Reduced Burnout Among Medical Students

Humanities Courses Linked to Reduced Burnout Among Medical Students

Exposure to humanities courses has been associated with higher levels of positive qualities in medical students.

Prior Authorization Equals Current Frustration: Challenges in Practice

Prior Authorization Equals Current Frustration: Challenges in Practice

Insurance companies believe that if there are enough hurdles to jump over — and if the hurdles are high enough — patients and physicians might stop running.

Pharmacist Feedback, Education Help Reduce Junior Physician Prescription Errors in Inpatient Settings

Pharmacist Feedback, Education Help Reduce Junior Physician Prescription Errors in Inpatient Settings

Participants received either feedback and targeted education or an e-learning intervention focused on safe prescribing.

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Intranasal Acromegaly Treatment

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Intranasal Acromegaly Treatment

DP1038 uses patented intranasal absorption technology to offer a non-injectable treatment option.

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