Modern Medicine Feature Articles

Genetic testing initiative for inherited retinal diseases shows great promiseI have been encouraged as a retinal specialist with all the excitement and promising new treatments in gene therapy. Given that there are several retinal diseases with known inherited patterns and confirmed genetic loci responsible for the clinical manifestations, our field is primed to benefit from the expansion of knowledge in this arena.
United Airlines fiasco should be a healthcare wakeup call
United Airlines fiasco should be a healthcare wakeup callThe forcible removal of a passenger from the United Airlines flight has reminded flyers of their general dissatisfaction with the airline industry. Perhaps surprisingly, it should also be a stern warning to physicians
Pain is not the fifth vital sign
Pain is not the fifth vital signAfter years of exaggeration, misinformation and a national epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse, the nation is finally coming to terms with the fact that pain is not the fifth vital sign.
How to prevent tech revenge at your practice
How to prevent tech revenge at your practiceImagine coming into the office one day and getting word that all of your patient data, past records, tax documents, and financial statements had all been stolen—or worse yet, erased.
In-office lab testing provides diagnostic informationSimilar to the benefits that the primary care and pediatrics fields have enjoyed following years of rapid strep and flu testing, the uptake of rapid, single-use, point-of-care (POC) testing in optometry helps to guide clinical management and therapeutic decisions.
Using technology, medical informatics in patient educationIncorporating new technologies is a must for ODs to improve patient communication and education. Multiple platforms of communication are needed in the 21st century to communicate and educate patients of very different backgrounds.
HPV infection in men: Prevalence and vaccination coverage
Patient needs should supersede insurance demandsAlmost every eyecare practice has a person, team of people, or outside service whose sole job is to manage problems related to facilitating the relationship between patients and their insurance companies.
Urologists positive about abiraterone integrationMore than 96% of urologists surveyed said that incorporating abiraterone acetate (ZYTIGA) treatment into practice for patients with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer is easy or manageable after overcoming initial barriers, according to new research presented at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando, FL.
Teamwork essential if oral PCa agents are used in office setting"The nurse practitioner, nurse, and other ancillary providers who make up the urology team are an essential and valuable asset in the consideration of adding oral androgen receptor inhibitors into the office setting," writes Gwendolyn Hooper, PhD, APRN.