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Reneeka Persaud, Patricia M Coutts, Alisa Brandon, Luvneet Verma, James A Elliott, R Gary Sibbald
GENERAL PURPOSE: The purpose of this learning activity is to provide information about the Healthy Foot Screen, a new tool for assessment of common foot abnormalities. TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care. LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES: After completing this continuing education activity, you should be able to:1...
April 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Akshay Sood, Daniel Cole, Shaheen Alanee
Acute scrotum is a urologic emergency with many aetiologies. Acute scrotum in setting of acute pancreatitis is a rare occurrence and results from an effusion of pancreatic juices into the inguinal canal along a retroperitoneal tract. Knowledge regarding the existence of this obscure condition is essential for its diagnosis. It is thus important for medical professionals, particularly internists, surgical trainees and emergency physicians, to be aware of the condition and the options for its management.
March 17, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
J Galland, S Abbara, B Terrier, M Samson, A Tesnières, J P Fournier, M Braun
Simulation-based learning (SBL) is developing rapidly in France and the question of its use in the teaching of internal medicine (IM) is essential. While HAS encourages its integration into medical education, French Young Internists (AJI) set up a working group to reflect on the added-value of this tool in our specialty. Different sorts of SBL exist: human, synthetic and electronic. It enables student to acquire and evaluate technical skills (strengths, invasive procedures, etc.) and non-technical skills (relational, reasoning…)...
March 13, 2018: La Revue de Médecine Interne
Fariha Hasan, Mohammad O Khan, Mukarram Ali
Introduction Pakistan is extremely susceptible to an influenza outbreak, as it shares borders with the most affected countries, namely China and India. The medical and dental students come into direct contact with the affected population and should be aware of the risk factors and signs and symptoms pertaining to swine influenza virus (SIV). Hence, this survey was conducted to assess the knowledge, perceptions and self-care practices of the medical and dental students with regards to this pandemic. Methods A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate the swine flu-related knowledge, attitudes and practices of the medical and dental students at various institutions in Karachi, Pakistan...
January 9, 2018: Curēus
Ellen M McCreedy, Robert L Kane, Sarah E Gollust, Nathan D Shippee, Kirby D Clark
BACKGROUND: Clinicians strive to deliver individualized, patient-centered care. However, these intentions are understudied. This research explores how patient characteristics associated with an high risk-to-benefit ratio with hypoglycemia medications affect decision making by primary care clinicians. METHODS: Using a vignette-based survey, we queried primary care clinicians on their intended management of geriatric patients with diabetes. The patients' ages, disease durations, and comorbidities were systematically varied...
March 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Elizabeth R Burns, Yara K Haddad, Erin M Parker
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults. The American and British Geriatric Societies recommend a fall risk assessment to identify risk factors and guide interventions to prevent these falls. This study describes the self-reported discussion of fall prevention approaches used by primary care providers (PCPs)-family practitioners, internists and nurse practitioners-who treat older adults. Results are described overall and by PCP type. We analyzed a sample of 1210 U.S. PCPs who participated in the 2014 DocStyles survey...
March 2018: Preventive Medicine Reports
Renato D Lopes, Patricia O Guimarães, Mark Crowther, Elaine Hylek, Gilson S Feitosa-Filho, Luiz E Ritt, Nivaldo Filgueiras, David A Garcia
To discuss and share knowledge about advances in the care of patients with thrombotic disorders, the Tenth International Symposium of Thrombosis and Anticoagulation was held in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, on September 22 and 23, 2017. This scientific program was developed by clinicians for clinicians and was promoted by two major clinical research institutes-the Brazilian Clinical Research Institute and the Duke Clinical Research Institute of the Duke University School of Medicine. Comprising academic presentations and open discussion, the symposium had as its primary goal to educate, motivate, and inspire internists, cardiologists, hematologists, and other physicians by convening national and international visionaries, thought-leaders, and dedicated clinician-scientists...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Oguz Abdullah Uyaroglu, Emrah Seyhoglu, Abdulsamet Erden, Cevanşir Vahabov, Hakan Babaoglu, Berkan Armagan, Alper Sari, Levent Kilic, Olcay Tatar, Sule Apras Bilgen, Omer Karadag, Umut Kalyoncu
BACKGROUND: Behçet's disease (BD) is one of the reasons of acquired visual impairment among young adults. Ocular involvement is a significant cause of disability in BD. The objective of this study is to assess the prevalence of BD among a group of adults who has visual impairment. METHODS: Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Education and Technology Center is one of the official institutions which records and follows the demographic data of visually impaired people in Turkey...
March 9, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
J Torres Macho, F J García Sánchez, P Garmilla Ezquerra, L Beltrán Romero, J Canora Lebrato, J M Casas Rojo, P Arribas Arribas, S López Palmero, S Pintos Martínez, J M Cepeda Rodrigo, D Luordo, M Beltrán López, M Méndez Bailón, E Rodilla Sala, L Manzano Espinosa, A Zapatero Gaviria, G García de Casasola
This positioning document describes the most important aspects of clinical ultrasonography in the internal medicine setting, from its fundamental indications to the recommended training period. There is no question as to the considerable usefulness of this tool in the standard clinical practice of internists in numerous clinical scenarios and settings (emergencies, hospital ward, general and specific consultations and home care). Ultrasonography has a relevant impact on the practitioner's ability to resolve issues, increasing diagnostic reliability and safety and providing important information on the prognosis and progression...
March 5, 2018: Revista Clínica Española
Furman S McDonald, Lauren M Duhigg, Gerald K Arnold, Ruth M Hafer, Rebecca S Lipner
BACKGROUND: Some have questioned whether successful performance in the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program is meaningful. The association of the ABIM Internal Medicine (IM) MOC examination with state medical board disciplinary actions is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To assess risk of disciplinary actions among general internists who did and did not pass the MOC examination within 10 years of initial certification. DESIGN: Historical population cohort study...
March 7, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Jacob E Kurlander, Mark Kolbe, Joel H Rubenstein, Caroline R Richardson, Michele Heisler, Arlene Weissman, Raymond De Vries, Sameer D Saini
Background: Observational studies have linked proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) with serious adverse effects. The study aimed to evaluate internists' perceptions of PPI harms and effects on prescribing. Methods: This was an online survey of a representative sample of the American College of Physicians in 2013. We queried familiarity with and concern about PPI adverse effects (1 - 7 Likert-type scales, anchored by "not at all" and "extremely"). We also asked how frequently (often, sometimes, rarely, or never) participants used any of three "de-escalation" strategies to stop or reduce PPIs because of concern about adverse effects: reducing patients' PPI dose, switching to H2 blocker, or discontinuing PPI...
February 2018: Gastroenterology Research
Imam M Xierali, Marc A Nivet
Racial and ethnic minority physicians are more likely to practice primary care and serve in underserved communities. However, there are micro-practice patterns within primary care specialties that are not well understood. To examine the differences among primary care physician practice locations by specialty and race/ethnicity, a retrospective study was conducted on U.S. medical graduates who were direct patient care physicians in 2012. The group-specific contributions to primary care accessibility were decomposed by individual group of minorities underrepresented in medicine (URM)...
2018: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Misagh Zahiri Esfahani, Reza Khajouei, Mohammad Reza Baneshi
OBJECTIVES: Users attitude toward a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and their interaction with this system are among the most important factors that influence its acceptance. This study aimed to augment the user's interaction with the user's perspective to select a usable PACS among three systems available on the market. METHODS: We augmented the think aloud (TA) usability evaluation method with the Post-Study System Usability Questionnaire (PSSUQ) to compare user interaction problems of three PACS user interfaces...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Jiří Laštůvka, Sabína Oreská, Michal Tomčík, Michal Vrablík
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in patients with rheumatic diseases is increased by 50 % compared to the general population. This is a result of the increased inflammatory activity as well as modification of traditional CVD risk factors by the primary disease. So called lipid paradox, paradoxical decrease of concentrations of atherogenic plasma lipids due to increased inflammatory activity and their rise with successful anti-inflammatory treatment, is of particular importance. CVD risk in rheumatic diseases is further modified by drugs used for their treatment: while some treatment modalities increase the risk (e...
2018: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Domenico Girelli, Fabiana Busti, Giacomo Marchi, Nicola Martinelli, Oliviero Olivieri
The idea of using small RNA fragments (oligonucleotides) for therapeutic purposes dates back to the 1990s, following the landmark discoveries on the mechanisms of gene silencing and RNA-interference (RNA-i). However, the first applications in medicine were hampered by difficulties in chemical stabilization and efficient delivery to target tissues. Recent advances in chemical manipulation of oligonucleotides have, at least partially, bypassed such obstacles. In particular, conjugation with ligands for specific receptors allows the selective uptake of oligonucleotides by critical cells (e...
March 1, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Jan Hundertmark, Sandra Karina Apondo, Jobst-Hendrik Schultz
Background: Direct patient contact is crucial in learning important interactional and examination skills. However, medical students have limited opportunity to self-responsibly practise these skills in authentic clinical settings and typically receive insufficient feedback on their performance. We developed a novel single-session ambulatory teaching concept (Heidelberg Student Ambulatory training, "HeiSA") to prepare students more adequately for clinical-practical responsibilities. Methods: To identify challenges and target group needs, we reviewed current literature and consulted an expert group of faculty lecturers and training researchers...
2018: GMS Journal for Medical Education
Mark L Wieland, Jason H Szostek, Majken T Wingo, Jason A Post, Karen F Mauck
Clinicians are challenged to identify new practice changing articles in the medical literature. To identify the practice-changing articles published in 2017 most relevant to outpatient general internal medicine, five internists reviewed the following sources: 1) titles and abstracts from internal medicine journals with the 7 highest impact factors, including New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association, British Medical Journal, Public Library of Science Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and JAMA-Internal Medicine; 2) synopses and syntheses of individual studies, including collections in American College of Physicians Journal Club, Journal Watch, and Evidence-Based Medicine; 3) databases of synthesis, including Evidence Updates and the Cochrane Library...
February 26, 2018: American Journal of Medicine
F Rodrigues, V Hentgen, C Bachmeyer, I Kone-Paut, A Belot, G Grateau, G Sarrabay, S Georgin-Lavialle
The auto-inflammatory diseases linked to NLRC4 mutations are recently described entities. Transmission is autosomal dominant in 80 % of cases; cases of somatic mutation have already been reported. The disease may display two very different clinical phenotypes: the phenotype 1 (30 %), severe, is dominated by a multisystemic inflammation starting in the first year of life with symptoms of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), macrophagic actication syndrome (MAS), or even a presentation suggesting a cryopyrinopathy in its CINCA form; the mortality of this phenotype is high (25 %)...
February 26, 2018: La Revue de Médecine Interne
P Bielefeld, D Saadoun, E Héron, S Abad, H Devilliers, C Deschasse, S Trad, D Sène, G Kaplanski, P Sève
Scleritis is an inflammatory disease of the sclera; outer tunic of the eye on which the oculomotor muscles are inserted. It can be associated with a systemic disease up to one time out of 3. These associated diseases are mainly rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, including granulomatosis with polyangiitis in the first line and spondyloarthropathies. Before mentioning such an etiology, it is necessary to eliminate an infectious cause, mainly herpetic, which is regularly underestimated. The classification of scleritis is clinical...
February 26, 2018: La Revue de Médecine Interne
Witold Rzyman, Joanna Didkowska, Robert Dziedzic, Tomasz Grodzki, Tadeusz Orłowski, Edyta Szurowska, Renata Langfort, Wojciech Biernat, Dariusz Kowalski, Wojciech Dyszkiewicz, Tadeusz Jędrzejczyk, Tomasz Zdrojewski, Sergiusz Nawrocki, Ewa Jassem, Mariusz Adamek
INTRODUCTION: Lung cancer is the most common cancer in Poland and worldwide, and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Compared to the present day, the annual number of new cases of lung cancer will have increased by approximately 50%, by 2030. The overall ratio of mortality to incidence totals 0.87 and is among the highest. The five-year survival rate in Poland has recently achieved 13.4%. In 2015, lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) was introduced to routine clinical practice in the United States following the publication of the largest randomised study, The National Lung Screening Trial...
2018: Advances in Respiratory Medicine
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