Basic strategies to prevent health care–associated infections include administrative support, educating health care personnel, and hand hygiene and isolation precautions. Strategies to prevent central line–associated infections include avoidance of unnecessary insertion,...
LORI B. SWEENEY, CHRISTOPHER STEWART, DAVID Y. GAITONDE
Thyroiditis is a general term that encompasses several clinical disorders characterized by inflammation of the thyroid gland. The diagnosis of chronic autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto thyroiditis) is usually straightforward; patients typically present with a nontender goiter...
MARK H. EBELL, ROLAND GRAD
Primary care clinicians have selected the top research articles from 2013 that are most relevant and likely to change their practice. The studies, known as POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters), cover a variety of topics, including cardiovascular, respiratory, and...
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For too long, the debate in diabetes has centered on the question: Is this medication harmful? It's time to revisit the more fundamental question: Is this treatment beneficial?
JANET ELIZABETH POPE
What are the effects of drug treatments for primary Raynaud phenomenon?
IRIS MABRY-HERNANDEZ, SHANNON BLACKMER
T.S. is a 59-year-old white man born in 1955. He presents as a new patient to request a refill of his cholesterol medication. He has an unremarkable medical history. When you inquire about his social history, he reports that he has been married for 30 years, drinks a moderate...
AMIT MISTRY, NISHA MISTRY
A man presented with a chronic rash on the extensor surfaces of his elbows and on his buttocks, and episodes of alternating diarrhea and constipation.
ROBERT DACHS, JILL ENDRES, MARK A. GRABER
Can computerized physician order entry systems decrease the use of laboratory studies? An intervention's durability (ability to provide sustained results) is important to consider before implementing the intervention based on a study's results.
RICHARD L. SUNDERMEYER, ROBERT K. PERSONS, MISTY J. CARRILLO, null MLIS
There is little evidence evaluating whether prostaglandins used to induce labor increase the risk of bronchospasm in patients with asthma. The use of dinoprostone to induce labor is not associated with asthma exacerbations or reduced oxygen saturation in patients with active...
Gestational diabetes increases the risk of gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, cesarean delivery, and developing diabetes later in life. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released a guideline that provides recommendations based on good...
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in persons at high risk of infection. The USPSTF also recommends offering one-time screening for HCV infection to adults born between 1945 and 1965.
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