Monthly Archives: May 2017

Early Activity Benefits ICU Patients — But Which Ones?

Figuring out who should get physical therapy can be tricky by Joyce Frieden News Editor, MedPage Today May 24, 2017 WASHINGTON — Striving for early mobilization of intensive care unit (ICU) patients is generally safe, but it is difficult to tell which patients will benefit from it, Marc Moss, MD, of the University of Colorado… Read more »

How to Safely Dispose of Leftover Painkillers and Other Medications

By Douglas Throckmorton, MD, deputy director for Regulatory Programs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA Each year, Americans fill several billion prescriptions, including those for strong pain medications, but some of them go unused or expire before being consumed. The bottles may get pushed to the back of the medicine cabinet and forgotten until… Read more »

Weight Loss May Hinge on When You Eat (CNN)

As important as what and how much by MedPage Today Staff May 19, 2017 Successful weight loss may depend as much on when you eat as it does on what you eat and how much, as reported by CNN. After watching patients do a good job of restricting calories during the day only to start… Read more »

AAP: No Fruit Juice for Infants

Risks of excessive weight gain, tooth decay too great by Alexandria Bachert Staff Writer, MedPage Today May 22, 2017 Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefits over whole fruit for infants and children and has no essential role in the healthy, balanced diets of children, said an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement. While 100%… Read more »

Steroid Shots Seem Less Effective in Severe Knee OA

Presence of synovitis may not predict steroid therapy success by Judy George Contributing Writer, MedPage Today May 21, 2017 Osteoarthritis (OA) patients who had severe knee damage were less likely than patients with mild structural damage to respond to intra-articular steroid injections, according to a study from England. In an open-label study to discover whether… Read more »

Earlier Antibiotics in ED Reduced In-Hospital Sepsis Deaths

Pluses and minuses of New York state’s sepsis care mandate • by Salynn Boyles Contributing Writer May 21, 2017 • This article is a collaboration between MedPage Today® and: WASHINGTON — Earlier administration of antibiotics, but not intravenous fluids, was associated with lower in-hospital death rates among patients with suspected sepsis treated in New York state emergency… Read more »

Nationwide model to stop deadly superbugs may not work so well after all

by Ilene MacDonald | FierceHealth May 18, 2017 9:03am Infection control experts are rethinking a long-held strategy to prevent deadly superbug infections after an outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a California hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. The strategy, developed in 2013 by Susan Huang, M.D., an infection control expert at UC Irvine Medical… Read more »

Celebrating 50 Years of Physician Assistants

Annual conference will be ‘a hoot and a half’ says AAPA president by Shannon Firth Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today May 12, 2017 LAS VEGAS — Recertification battles, the future of practice authority, and stamping out the opioid crisis will be core issues for discussion at the American Academy of PAs conference here next week. The… Read more »