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Students can make a difference with advocacyAs I reach the end of my second year out of optometry school, I find myself reflecting on how the past two years have been such a rewarding experience.
HBV reactivation with direct acting antivirals for HCV is highly manageableNew study indicates early recognition of HBV-HCV co-infection can lead to prompt treatment of HBV reactivation.
Study: 12 weeks therapy combination cures virtually all HCV patientsA shorter, triple DAA therapy combination is not superior to 12 weeks of sofosbuvir plus velpatasvir in chronic HCV patients, according to researchers.
Aflibercept rivals laser for diabetic retinopathyIntravitreal aflibercept worked better than panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) for proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) in a new head-to-head trial, according to researchers.
How one state reduced antipsychotic medications in Medicaid (VIDEO)For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara discusses a report published in the Health Services Research that examined how Washington state reduced the number of antipsychotic prescriptions written for children in the Medicaid system.
Physicians must fight to save Medicaid expansionAfter receiving feedback on my previous blog, Medicaid expansion must remain safe in healthcare reform, I must continue to encourage that Medicaid, a joint federal and state program that funds healthcare for the poor, be protected.
Quiz: How much do you really know about MACRA?
Quiz: How much do you really know about MACRA?Despite its sweeping impact, polls show that most physicians know little about MACRA or how the law will affect them. How much do you know? Take our quiz and find out!
Familial link of OM requiring tympanostomy tubesA recent study found that there is a significant familial link in otitis media requiring tympanostomy tubes in both close and distant relatives, with shared environments possibly playing a role, given the fivefold increased risk seen in siblings.
Acute otitis media warrants 10 days of antibioticsEar infections remain a top reason for parents to bring their children to the pediatrician—and the top reason for antibiotic prescriptions among pediatric patients. Diagnosis and treatment methods vary, but a new study reveals that a 10-day course of treatment with antibiotics in cases of acute otitis media (AOM) may be the gold standard.
Is cervical insufficiency a true diagnosis?A debate at ACOG 2017 looks at whether cervical insufficiency should be abandoned as a diagnosis. Plus: A study presented at ACOG 2017 examines whether human papillomavirus is linked to preterm birth?