September 12th 2022
Findings from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging highlight the need for clinicians to raise the topic of joint pain with their older patients.
November 6th 2013
November 5th 2013
Opioid Overdose: New Demographic Data Reveal Related ComorbiditiesOctober 22nd 2013
A significant proportion of patients who visit emergency departments (EDs) with opioid overdoses (ODs) also suffer from comorbid mental health disorders, circulatory diseases, and respiratory diseases, according to the results of a new study presented on October 14, 2013, at the American College of Emergency Physicians annual meeting in Seattle.
To Many Patients, “Clinical-ese” Might as Well Be GreekOctober 22nd 2013
When it comes to the prostate, most men in this study couldn’t locate it or identify its function. Translation: patients and physicians don’t speak the same language. Clinicians need to be “bilingual” when they’re talking with patients.
Why You Shouldn’t Ask “What Do You Mean, Dizzy?”October 18th 2013
Here: a fruitful approach to the evaluation of dizziness that focuses on timing, triggers, and associated symptoms, followed by a complaint-directed physical exam with special attention to specific germane aspects of the neurologic exam and (when indicated) selective testing.
Good Culinary News for Statin-Intolerant PatientsOctober 17th 2013
The real impact of nutritious menu changes at fast food chains like McDonalds remains to be seen, but these-along with modifying the dosage schedules of patients who appear to be statin-intolerant-may prove to have long-term salubrious effects.
Breakthrough at ACG 2013: Oral-Only Treatment for Chronic Hepatitis COctober 17th 2013
Data from pivotal international phase III clinical trials showed superior efficacy, safety, and convenience for a new wave of direct-acting oral agents. The breakthrough will benefit physicians in all practice settings, including primary care.
Pediatric Tricks of the Trade: What They Didn’t Teach You in ResidencyOctober 17th 2013
Here: strategies for making the exam more comfortable and efficient, and tips for using topical anesthetics, removing earwax, extracting a plantar foreign body, and approaching the Dx of appendicitis.
Black-Boxed Drugs We Still Use: Weigh the RiskOctober 17th 2013
The “take home” from this presentation: be cautious with inappropriate use of drugs with or without black box warnings, but maintain a healthy skepticism about some of these warnings. Cases in point: droperidol, antidepressants, clindamycin.
Differentiating Celiac Disease From Gluten Intolerance and IBSOctober 16th 2013
A presentation on October 14, 2013, at the American College of Gastroenterology Scientific Session by Joseph A. Murray, MD, FACG (Mayo Clinic)Murray JA. Implications of gluten intolerance and celiac disease in IBS.
Hospitalization for Constipation: A Most Preventable AdmissionOctober 16th 2013
What accounts for the 129% increase in admissions for constipation over the past decade-and what can be done to avoid these expensive and often unnecessary admissions? Primary care clinicians take note.
Antibiotic Prescriptions for ARIs More Likely at Day’s EndOctober 12th 2013
An IDWeek 2013 poster presentation quantified clinician fatigue with the finding that Boston-area primary care physicians were more likely to prescribe antibiotics for ARIs at the end of the day than when they were fresh on the job in the morning.