Probiotics are gaining some rationale for use##mdash;not for everything, but for preventing anti-biotic-associated diarrhea and infections in hospitals. But many products on the market don't live up to their own hype.
Just as diabetes is affecting younger populations, so are its consequences. Childhood obesity can translate into diabetic retinopathy in patients in their 20s, which requires a response from the primary care community.
Physicians who wonder why a patient is still taking a discontinued medication might look to their EHRs for the answer. Unlike with new prescriptions, a doctor's orders to stop a drug usually aren't automatically transmitted to pharmacies. This widespread problem requires an old-fashioned solution: talking to patients to ensure they know what medications they are meant to be taking.
Sickle cell patients who survive into adulthood are falling into a gap in care as they leave a pediatric practice and don't enter an adult one. A pilot program is offering medical education to patients and to clinicians.
This regulatory update covers warnings to lower zolpidem doses in women and approvals for a new drug to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes.
With fewer than 10 months left until the Affordable Care Act's coverage guarantees take effect, how prepared are federal agencies and state governments to make the law work?
An intern learns to balance patient needs with his own, following the guidance of senior residents and mentors.
Learn the most common reasons why Medicare Administrative Contractors reject claims, and how to avoid such pitfalls in the future.
Use digital communications' strengths to streamline its glut of information instead of being carried away.
Doctors' offices are just as vulnerable as any business after a natural disaster. But patients won't rely on their favorite restaurant as much as they will their regular physicians in the aftermath. Learn ways to keep your doors open even when your building has been closed.
A 35-year-old woman undergoes routine evaluation. She has no current medical problems or history of bleeding symptoms. Her medical history is significant only for iron deficiency 3 years ago that was thought to be diet related. She takes only oral contraceptive pills. A peripheral blood smear is shown. Following a physical exam and lab results, what is the most appropriate management?