Modern Medicine Feature Articles

Nurse practitioner-managed practices thrive in vaccinating seniorsAccording to a new study, two clinics found that several initiatives enacted in those practices led to higher than average vaccine uptake among senior citizens.
Researchers call on ACIP to update tetanus scheduleA new report states that updating current vaccination guidelines could save nearly $300 million annually.
Unmasking retinal structure, function in X-linked retinoschisis“There is a compelling need to explore gene therapy in the eye,” according to Paul A. Sieving, MD, PhD.
DNA-based analysis identifies risk factor for metastasis of uveal melanomaCarol. L. Shields, MD, highlighted the results of collaborative efforts among four Philadelphia institutions: Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson Hospital, the Genetics Department of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Wistar Instituate. The findings were published in Ophthalmology (Shields et al. 2017; published online May 7, 2017).
Persistence is key when promoting surgical innovationsA surgical innovation is defined as a quantum improvement in the treatment of a particular disease or group of diseases, and it usually is developed by an individual or a small group working together, said John Thompson, MD.
This is why listing healthcare prices as a menu is dumb
This is why listing healthcare prices as a menu is dumbProviding healthcare pricing is important, but listing them in the form of a static menu is not helpful.
B+L next-generation surgical platform features advanced retina capabilities
Paracentral retinotomy facilitates closure of large, resistant macular holeRecognition of this problem resulted in an innovative approach for closing persistent macular holes after the primary surgery has failed by creating a separate paracentral retinotomy in the nasal macula. Michael S. Tsipursky, MD, described the rationale for trying this treatment approach. “
Dye from açai fruit safe, effective for use during chromovitrectomy
Dye from açai fruit safe, effective for use during chromovitrectomyA dye made from the açai fruit (Euterpe oleracea) is safe for use in human eyes and effective for identifying the posterior hyaloid and internal limiting membrane (ILM) during vitreoretinal surgery, according to phase I preliminary study results.
Know your state's laser laws
Know your state's laser lawsWhile laws vary from state to state as to who in a practice can legally operate a laser or light source or energy-based device, the responsibility often lies with the practice physician, according to Mathew M. Avram, M.D., J.D.