Modern Medicine Feature Articles

5 ways to improve physician mental health
5 ways to improve physician mental healthThe practice of medicine in our current healthcare system is making physicians sick, with levels of burnout and mental strain increasing across every specialty.
If disaster strikes, is your practice prepared?A month after Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, Houston-based urologist Steven Canfield, MD, says his practice is still having to reschedule operating room times to help out with the hurricane-induced OR shortage.
Shock waves may change future of ED therapyIt’s hard to argue against an erectile dysfunction treatment that is potentially disease modifying, is noninvasive, and seems to do no harm. The treatment, low-intensity shock wave therapy, has yet to earn the FDA’s approval but is widely used in other countries. Early results from ongoing U.S. trials are promising.
How tear osmolarity affects lens wearConsidering that many CL patients are desensitized, it is critical we not only monitor their tear film and ocular surface for change, but we demonstrate stability or instability through measurable means. This creates trust, validates our recommendations, induces compliance, and generates positive outcomes.
Following Occam’s razor in optometryI believe that the future of optometry, with all its hitches, challenges, and opportunities, is best met head-on if we all communicate effectively with one another.
Q&A: Michele Andrews, OD—Senior director, North America, Professional and Academic Affairs, Cooper VisionIf optometry could adapt a bit more readily and not be so fearful of change, we could continue to be an amazing profession, evolve with customer demand, and serve our customers in the way they want.
Ob/gyn involvement in WIC efforts breeds successIt may surprise some ob/gyns to know that their local Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, more commonly known as WIC, is anxious to partner with them to improve the health and well-being of the families they serve.
Vulvar irritation in a 27-year-old womanA 27-year-old woman presents with an 18-month history of vulvar irritation. She has tried multiple agents for her condition including topical steroids, Vagisil, antibiotics, and fluconazole without relief. What's your diagnosis?
Promising new treatments for plaque psoriasisThe American College of Rheumatology annual meeting wrapped this month in San Diego. Results from long-awaited safety trials show promising new treatments.
PSA screening: Do you discuss it with primary care docs?We asked several urologists about whether they advocate for PSA screening to primary care physicians in their area.