HIV Essentials 2014, Seventh Edition Earns a 5-Star Review

HIV, medical, physicians, resource, text, book, reference, aidsGreat news– HIV Essentials 2014, Seventh Edition by Paul E. Sax, MD, Calvin J. Cohen, MD, MS, and Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD, recently attained 5 stars and a perfect score of 100 from Doody’s Review Service. According to reviewer, Sara Hurtado Bares, MD, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, it “is a concise handbook written by world-renowned experts in the field of HIV.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“The book provides a step-by-step guide to the diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and prevention of HIV infection and its complications. The majority of the book is presented in concise bullet points and easy-to-read tables which allow it to serve as an accessible guide that can be easily referenced when clinical questions arise, even during a busy clinic.

This revised and updated book is a welcome addition to my library. As a new attending, I referred to the tables on a regular basis during my first few weeks of independent practice and I am grateful to have this new version. More recently, I have found the tables and content to be useful when organizing lectures for medical students, residents, and even fellows.”

Want to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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July is UV Protection Month!

Did you know July is UV Safety Month? With summer in the air and summer vacations in the horizon, it’s easy to forget to bring sunscreen and prevent a sunburn that can lead to worse conditions down the road.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and the most preventable.

How much do you know about UV protection?



1. A sunscreen product is considered safe if it prevents sunburn:

  • True
  • False

2. Effective sunscreen protects your skin against ultraviolet (UVA) and ultraviolet (UVB) rays:

  • True
  • False


3. According to new FDA guidelines, what is the minimum SPF for sunscreen products to protect skin against all types of sun-induced damage:

  • SPF 15
  • SPF 15 with UVB Protection
  • Broad spectrum SPF 15
  • Broad spectrum SPF 55

4. If I have a darker complexion, I don’t need to use sunscreen:

  • True
  • False

5. If you stay in the sun all day, you should apply an entire 6oz. tube of sunscreen:

  • True
  • False

6. Aside from applying sunscreen, what can you do to protect your skin from the sun when you’re outdoors?

  • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses
  • Seek shade, especially between 10am and 4pm
  • Always avoid tanning beds
  • All of the above


7. Which sunscreen label provides the most accurate description of its ability to protect your skin from the sun?

  • Sunblock
  • Sweatproof
  • Waterproof
  • None of the above

8. One American dies of melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, every:

  • Minute
  • Hour
  • Day
  • Week

9. In recent years, the prevalence of melanoma has:

  • Increased
  • Remained the same
  • Decreased greatly due to UVA awareness
  • Has become higher in women than in men

10. How do you treat sunburn?

  • Keep your skin cool, moist, and avoid more exposure to the sun
  • Rub moisturizes onto the affected area of skin, avoiding products ending in “-caine”
  • If pain persists, take acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory oral medications, like ibuprofen, but don’t give aspirin or adolescents.
  • All of the above


1. False

2. True

3. Broad Spectrum SPF 15

4. False

5. True

6. All of the above

7. None of the above

8. Hour

9. Increased

10. All of the above

*Quiz questions and answers courtesy of

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New Microwave Helmet Can Help Diagnose Strokes

Swedish scientists from the Chalmers University of Technology, Sahlgrenska Academy, and Sahlgrenska University Hospital, have created a helmet that can quickly determine whether a patient has suffered a stroke and can determine if a clot or leaky vessel was the cause.

The early prototype of the helmet is made from a re-purposed bicycle helmet that uses microwave signals to bounce off of the brain to build an image of what is happening throughout the brain. This picture is able to determine whether there as been a bleed or clot deep inside the patient’s brain.

_75567360_74677They have since built and tested a custom helmet to better fit the skulls of patients, and have tested it with the help of nurses and patients at a local hospital ward.

The end goal for the scientists is to adapt this helmet to fit into a pillow and give to ambulance crews to use on the way to the hospital.

Before a doctor can perform treatment, they must determine whether the stroke was caused by a clot or leaky blood vessel. When a person has a stroke, doctors must act within the first four hours to prevent the brain tissue from dying.

Currently, a computerized tomography (CT) scan shows the same results as the helmet, but it can take doctors an extended amount of time to schedule time with the machine even if the person is admitted as an emergency.

Testing is still underway, but if the scientists can successfully implement this new helmet, it will be great strides in stroke treatment.


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Just Published: Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2014 Disease Edition

prescribing, drug guide, pharmacopoeia, tarascon, primary care, pocketbook, internal med, hospital med, physiciansWe are pleased to announce that the Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2014 Disease Edition, the newest pocketbook in our acclaimed series of of Pharmacopoeia drug guides, has just published!

The Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2014 Disease Edition contains much of the same award-winning content, but drugs are organized first by disease, and then by most commonly prescribed drugs for that disease.

• Drug indications are underlined for faster review of vital information
• Added tables for quick reference and ease of use
• FDA-approved dosing

The Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2014 Disease Edition is an essential resource for all medical students, resident physicians, internists, nurses, and other point of care providers. Just as with all other versions of the Tarascon Pharmacopoeia, the Disease Edition is meticulously peer-reviewed by experts.

Click here to view a sample from the pocketbook, and to purchase this reference.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Releases Nurse’s Drug Handbook App for iPhone and iPad

app, iphone, mobile app, nurse, drug guide, drug handbook, nursing appNow the authoritative Jones and Bartlett Learning 2014 Nurse’s Drug Handbook goes wherever you do with an affordably priced iPhone and iPad app.

An up-to-date, practical, and easy-to-use nursing drug reference, it provides:

  • Accurate, timely facts on hundreds of drugs from abatacept to zonisamide
  • Concise, consistently formatted drug entries organized alphabetically
  • No-nonsense writing style that speaks your language in terms you use everyday
  • Index of all generic, trade, and alternate drug names
  • Chemical and therapeutic classes, FDA pregnancy risk category, and controlled substance schedule
  • Indications and dosages, as well as route, onset, peak, and duration information
  • Incompatibilities and contraindications
  • Interactions with drugs, food, and activities
  • Adverse reactions
  • Nursing considerations, including key patient-teaching points
  • Mechanism-of-action illustrations
  • Warnings and precautions

New drug entries include: aclidinium bromide, anidulafungin, avanafil, icosapent ethyl, linaclotide, lorcserin, mifepristone, mirabegron, peginesatide, perampanel, teriflunomide, tofacitinib.

Did you know that 2014 Nurse’s Drug Handbook is also available as an Android app, as well as on Kindle, Google eBooks, and CourseSmart? Learn more at our website.

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Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2014 Professional Desk Reference Edition Earns 4-Star Review

prescriber, prescribing, pharma, pharmacy, pharmacopeia, medical student, drugs, medicine, doctor, emergency medicine, pocket refereceThe Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2014 Professional Desk Reference Edition recently received 4 stars from Doody’s Review Service. According to reviewer, Lawrence P. Carey, BS, PharmD, from the Temple University School of Pharmacy, this reference “is more comprehensive than others of its kind, such as the various prescriber drug guides.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“This reference is intended for a variety of audiences, ranging from practicing prescribers to students. Any healthcare professionals who prescribe and/or provide drug therapy to patients should find this helpful.

Each entry provides dosing information for both adults and children, lists pertinent information such as mechanism of action and adverse effects, and contains miscellaneous pearls such as monitoring parameters. There are also a significant number of tables and charts for important data such as a cytochrome P450 list of drugs that use that system, broken down by whether they are strongly or weakly affected.

This is a worthwhile reference. The Tarascon name is well respected for its pocket references. I can see using this desk reference version often when drug information questions arise. It is more comprehensive than others of its kind, such as the various prescriber drug guides. As it is updated annually, it is also as current as possible when it goes to press.”

Want to learn more, or purchase a copy? Visit the Tarascon website.

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Join Million Hearts™ in the Fight Against Heart Attacks

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues its national initiative aimed to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. over the next five years. The campaign is called Million Hearts and is co-led by CDC and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), integrating and amplifying a range of existing heart disease and stroke prevention programs, policies, and activities.

The Million Hearts™ Initiative seeks to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by the end of 2017 by:

Empowering Americans to make healthy choices such as avoiding tobacco use and reducing the amount of sodium and trans fat they eat. These changes will reduce the number of people who need medical treatment for high blood pressure or cholesterol—and ultimately prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Improving care for people who do need treatment by encouraging a focus on the “ABCS”—Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation—four steps to address the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

“Heart disease takes the lives of far too many people in this country, depriving their families and communities of someone they love and care for—a father, a mother, a wife, a friend, a neighbor, a spouse. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes a year, and 800,000 deaths, just about all of us have been touched by someone who has had heart disease, heart attack, or a stroke.” - Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary

As a Health Care Provider, How can you be One in a Million Hearts™?

TREAT high blood pressure and cholesterol in your patients.

TREAT appropriate patients with Aspirin.

ESTABALISH and DISCUSS with patients their specific goals for treatment and the most effective ways that they can help control their risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

COACH your patients to develop heart-healthy habits, such as regular exercise and a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, and stress reduction techniques. Provide tools to show their progress and access to team members to help them succeed.

ASK your patients about their smoking status and provide cessation support and medication when appropriate.

ASK about barriers to medication adherence and help find solutions.

USE health information technology, such as electronic health records and decision support tools, to improve the delivery of care and control of the ABCS.

To learn more about Million Hearts™ and take the pledge to help prevent 1 million heart attacks, please visit the Million Hearts™ campaign website.

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It’s World Cancer Day

wcd-badgeToday, the world unites to raise awareness and fight cancer. Celebrated every February 4, World Cancer Day is a global initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) that seeks to improve collective knowledge around cancer while challenging misconceptions around the disease. Fittingly, this year’s theme is “Debunk the Myths.” The UICC is concentrating specifically dispelling four myths:

Myth 1: We don’t need to talk about cancer.

  • The truth: While cancer can be a difficult topic to address, particularly in some cultures and settings, dealing with the disease openly can improve outcomes at an individual, community, and policy level.

Myth 2: Cancer… There are no signs or symptoms.

Myth 3: There is nothing I can do about cancer.

Myth 4: I don’t have the right to cancer care.

  • The truth: All people have the right to access proven and effective cancer treatments and services on equal terms, and without suffering hardship as a consequence.

Cancer Symptom Management, Fourth EditionJones & Bartlett Learning is committed to providing trusted resources to help healthcare providers give the best care to cancer patients. Recently, Cancer Symptom Management, Fourth Edition by Connie Henke Yarbro, Debra Wujcik, and Barbara Holmes Gobel was awarded first place in the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Awards in the Palliative Care and Hospice category.

Covering multiple symptoms inherent in the treatment of cancer, the text examines each symptom in terms of its cause, pathophysiology, assessment, management, evaluation of therapeutic approaches, and patient self-care. New chapters include “Hypersensitivity Reactions to Antineoplastic Drugs,” “Extravasation,” “Ocular and Otic Complications,” and “Symptoms When Death is Imminent.”

To learn more about Jones & Bartlett Learning resources, visit our website.

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Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2014 Deluxe Lab-Coat Edition Now Available

tarascon deluxe pharmacopoeia, tarascon, medicine, doctors, pocketbookThe Tarascon Pharmacopoeia® 2014 Deluxe Lab Coat Edition is an expanded version of the Classic Shirt-Pocket Edition, containing more drugs, black box warnings, evidence-based off-label indications for adults and pediatric patients, and additional tables.  This reference also includes typical drug dosing (all FDA approved), available trade and generic formulations, metabolism, safety in pregnancy and lactation, relative drug pricing information, Canadian trade names, and an herbal & alternative therapies section.  Multiple tables supplement the drug content, including opioid equivalency, emergency drug infusions, cardiac dysrhythmia protocols, pediatric drug dosing, and much more.

Tarascon is committed to providing health care providers the best available portable medical references. Our acclaimed series of pocket guides succinctly distills and organizes hard-to-remember yet vitally important clinical information. Written by experts in their fields, readers repeatedly tell us that they are “must-have” books.

Click here to view all Tarascon Pharmacopoeia products.


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Just Published: Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2014 Classic Shirt Pocket Edition

tarascon, pharmacopoeia, medical, reference, medical student, residence, doctor, book, pharmacyUsed by prescribers around the world, including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants, dentists, and medical transcriptionists, the Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia® 2014 Classic Shirt-Pocket Edition continues its tradition as the leading portable drug reference packed with vital drug information to help clinicians make better decisions at the point of care.

The Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia® 2014 Classic Shirt-Pocket Edition, now updated with over 100 new drugs, details FDA approved drug dosing, available trade and generic formulations, metabolism, safety in pregnancy and lactation, relative drug pricing information, Canadian trade names, and an herbal & alternative therapies section. Multiple tables supplement the drug content, including opioid equivalency, emergency drug infusions, cardiac dysrhythmia protocols, pediatric drug dosing, and much more.

New to the 2014 Edition:
• Color-coded tabs for quicker location of important drug information
• FDA guideline updates
• Added tables for quick reference and ease of use
• Removal of discontinued drugs and outdated dosing information

As always, each edition of the Tarascon Pharmacopoeia® is meticulously peer-reviewed by experts and is now available in multiple print, mobile, and online formats.

Click here to view the Front Matter, and purchase your copy.

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