Great 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.”
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:
2. Effective sunscreen protects your skin against ultraviolet (UVA) and ultraviolet (UVB) rays:
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 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:
5. If you stay in the sun all day, you should apply an entire 6oz. tube of sunscreen:
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?
None of the above
8. One American dies of melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, every:
9. In recent years, the prevalence of melanoma has:
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
3. Broad Spectrum SPF 15
6. All of the above
7. None of the above
10. All of the above
*Quiz questions and answers courtesy of http://www.foh.hhs.gov/calendar/july.html
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.
They 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.
• 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.
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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.
Today, 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.
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.”
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The 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.
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Used 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
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