5-Star Review for Tarascon Primary Care Pocketbook

primary care, physician, resident,  medical student, resource, tarascon, jones & bartlett learning, pocketbookWe are excited to share that our Tarascon Primary Pocketbook has received 5 stars from Doody’s Review Service.

According to Vincent Carr,  DO, MSA, FACC, FACP  (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences), writing for Doody’s Review Service,

“This is valuable for every primary care clinician…The pocket-sized format is tremendously important making the book readily available. The chapters are based on a traditional organ-system approach with subchapters focused on specific issues such as acute abdominal pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, management of back pain, etc. Numerous tables are self-explanatory yet comprehensive.”

Tarascon Primary Pocketbook is a concise yet comprehensive evidence-based overview of the major conditions seen by primary care physicians. Packed with essential lists, and tables, this resource provides instant reminders of hard-to-remember yet vitally important clinical facts. The updated edition includes major updates in over 50 medical conditions, and new chapters in palliative care, oncological emergencies, HIV infection, outpatient pediatric medications, and more.

Would you like to learn more? View the front matter and a sample chapter, or visit the Tarascon website.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Debuts Digital Review Product for Medical Students Preparing for the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK Exams

usmle, kaplan, uworld, first aid, medical student, med student, medical school, med school, test prep, doctor, physician, NBMEWe’re so proud to announce the debut of USMLE Benchmark, a new digital review product for medical students and residents preparing for the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK exams.

“As leaders in providing high quality medical content and technology, we are pleased to introduce USMLE Benchmark. We spent over a year listening to medical students on their needs to drive better USMLE outcomes. USMLE Benchmark is the result of that effort – an affordable, comprehensive, easy-to-use, one stop destination for medical students,” said Eduardo Moura, Chief Product Officer, Jones & Bartlett Learning.

USMLE Step 1 is designed to assess basic scientific knowledge as it applies to the practice of medicine. USMLE Step 2 CK is intended to assess clinical knowledge and skills as it applies to the diagnosis and management of patients.

Every subscription of USMLE Benchmark includes a 7 block, timed assessment exam that simulates the style of the boards and is based on the most recent NBME blueprint. Also included in each subscription is the ability to create unlimited, custom practice tests in multiple content areas. Users can choose to take practice exams using the actual USMLE interface or USMLE Benchmark’s unique interface.

Each question in USMLE Benchmark includes detailed rationales for both the correct and incorrect answers. All items are written by experienced question writers, medical students, and residents and are meticulously reviewed for clinical accuracy by a medical advisory board consisting of licensed content experts. New questions are always being added and existing questions are regularly analyzed for efficacy.

USMLE Benchmark provides users with custom reports that pinpoint the topics that require more study, individual progress, progress compared to other users, and time spent per question.

For more information, visit our website. Read the entire press release here.

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Coming Soon: Tarascon 2015 Pharmacopoeia LARGE PRINT Edition

Large Print PharmacopoeiaEnjoy the mobility of the pocket-sized Tarascon Classic Pharmacopoeia now with larger print size! The newest pocketbook has the same abbreviated content and trim size as the popular Pharmacopoeia series with the convenience of larger, easier to read font. The new Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2015 Large Print edition will be available August 8, 2015!

New to the Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2015 Edition:

• New section dedicated to rheumatology
• FDA guideline updates
• Added tables for quick reference and ease of use
• Removal of discontinued drugs and outdated dosing information

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Asking Questions, Getting Answers from Kidney Cancer (Renal Cell Carcinoma) Experts—Helping patients be informed and empowered partners in their care.

CaptureThe National Cancer Institute places kidney cancer among the most common cancers in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates that there will be over 61,000 new cases of kidney cancer each year. Kidney cancer strikes both men and women. The kidneys function as the main filters in the human body, which makes kidney cancer relatively unresponsive to traditional chemotherapy.

The main hope for most kidney cancer patients is that the cancer can be removed surgically. Urologist, Dr. Steven Campbell of the Cleveland Clinic notes, “Kidney cancer has become arguably the most interesting and challenging of all the cancers in modern oncology.” Thanks to tireless work of dedicated researchers and clinicians, surgical and medical advances in the last few years have helped experts like Dr. Campbell to treat kidney cancer patients more effectively and often with less severe side effects.

While the death rate for advanced kidney cancer is still high, there has been an overall gradual decline in recent years. Today, doctors can use anti angiogenic treatments that block the blood vessels supplying tumors with nutrients and oxygen. This therapy can starve a tumor and slow or even reverse its growth. Even advanced tumors that have spread beyond the kidney may respond to immunotherapy and targeted molecular therapy options. Inhibition of checkpoint control is among the recent research advances offering hope to kidney cancer patients. Inhibiting a protein called the programmed death ligand (PDL-1) through pharmacologic manipulation releases a “brake” on the immune system. Many clinical trials of this approach, sometimes combined with other targeted therapies and even new vaccine protocols, are causing excitement in the medical professionals who treat kidney cancer.

These treatments are explained by nationally recognized experts in the Jones and Bartlett Publisher’s 100 Questions and Answers about Kidney Cancer, complete with amazing illustrations provided by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Any diagnosis of cancer is scary—and many patients and their families feel a profound sense of loss of control. This book provides the essential information about kidney cancer that can help patients get “up to speed” with their diagnosis. Written in plain language, with comments by real kidney cancer patients and families, it is designed to inform and empower patients as they consider the best of a variety of treatment options for particular situation.

More information can be found in 100 Questions and Answers About Kidney Cancer, 2nd edition by Steven Campbell, Brian Rini, Robert Uzzo, Brian Lane, and Stephanie Chisolm.


Post written by Stephanie Chisolm, co-author of 100 Questions and Answers About Kidney Cancer, 2nd edition. 


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The Unhealthiest Meals in American Restaurants

Chain restaurants aren’t known for being the healthiest places to eat, but the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recently compiled their annual Xtreme Eating list of the unhealthiest meals in restaurants–meals around 2,000 calories (a day’s worth of food).

Red Lobster’s shrimp version of the “Create Your Own Combination” menu item plus the Traditional Lobsterita tops the CSPI’s list at 3,600 calories. This meal, if you choose the Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Walt’s Favorite, Linguine Alfredo, with fries, a Caesar salad and one Cheddar Bay Biscuit, also includes 37 grams of saturated fat and 6,530 mg of sodium.

The Cheesecake Factory, Sonic, and Outback Steakhouse also made the list, check out the full article here: http://www.cspinet.org/nah/xtreme2015.html

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June 7th is National Cancer Survivors Day!

National Cancer Survivors Day is the annual celebration on the first Sunday in June. This day celebrates healthcare professionals and anyone living with a history of cancer–survivors, inspiration for those diagnosed, support for families, and awareness for the community. The National Cancer Day Foundation sponsors free guidance, education, and networking in communities. To find events near you, contact local hospitals, cancer centers, or other cancer-related organizations.

To learn more, visit the National Cancer Survivors Day website: http://www.ncsd.org/

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UCLA Medical School’s ‘Guest Artist’ Helps Teach Med Students

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is bringing artists and future physicians together with the work of Ted Meyer. Meyer has been a guest artist at UCLA for five years; his position includes recruiting a network of artists exploring illness and curating discussions with the artists and first and second year students. His hope is to provide students with a more solid understanding of patients–living with afflictions, listening to first-hand accounts of coping with conditions, and understanding the relationship between this and their work.

Meyer told the Huffington Post, “There are a number of doctors who are very smart but when they get on the floor and have to start dealing with patients they break down.” With the help of Meyer, the combination of art and medicine is helpful to create stronger bonds between both doctors and patients.

To read the full story please visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/20/ted-meyer-geffen-medical-school_n_7325072.html

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Download the Revised Tarascon Pharmacopoeia App For Free

prescribing, dosing, prescriptions, medications, itunes, google play, tarascon, pharmacopoeia, physicians, doctorsThe Tarascon Pharmacopoeia continues its tradition as the most popular and most trusted portable drug reference. Available for your Apple and Android devices, this must-have resource contains vital drug information on thousands of drugs to help clinicians make better decisions at the point of care.

What’s new:

  • iOS 8 inspired interface with intuitive navigation
  • Includes complete contents of the Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2015 Deluxe Edition including tables, figures and styling
  • Real-time content updates occurring in the background so as to not interrupt usage of the application
  • Improved search functionality
  • Robust drug interaction tool

This app also includes:

  • A fully integrated “Herbal & Alternative Therapy” section
  • 47 invaluable drug reference tables and 15 dynamic calculators
  • Both convenient relative pricing codes ($ to $$$$$) and exact prices from drugstore.com
  • Extensive pediatric drug dosing
  • Unique Canadian trade names and drugs
  • Consumer Reports best buy drugs

The trial version is now available for new users of the Tarascon Pharmacopoeia app, and will give ausers ccess to the entire contents of the app for 30 days. Download now through iTunes or Google Play.

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Review: Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2015 Professional Desk Reference Edition is “very useful for practicing clinicians”

pharmacopoeia, tarascon, dose, dosing, pharmacist, clinician, resource, reference, doctor, physician, point of care, medical student, resident, drugs, FDA, medwatch, rheumatology, emergency medicine, primary care, hospital medicine, inpatient, outpatient, medicine, medicationThe Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2015 Professional Desk Reference Edition has already been receiving rave reviews from fans, but now Doody’s Review Service is also singing its praises. Reviewer Jennifer L. Colon, PharmD, MS, MBA noted that this reference “is a high quality, yet easy to use, reference that is very useful for practicing clinicians.

More excerpts from the review:

It is organized based on clinical classes, i.e., antimicrobials, cardiovascular, ENT, etc., to further assist healthcare practitioners in efficiently locating specific information. Codes after the name of each drug identify metabolism and excretion, safety in pregnancy, safety in lactation, DEA controlled substances, and relative cost. The book also highlights the disease or indication in red for each pharmaceutical agent, and it differentiates between child and adult dosing. Finally, it notes the availability of generic, over-the-counter, and scored formulations. Other positive features include ease of readability, excellent organization, and the availability of both mobile and pocket versions.

I would rate it as equivalent to well known resources from Lexicomp and Micromedex.”

Visit our website to learn more about this must-have resource.

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Save 25% On Our “Must-Have Resource For Oncologists”

cancer, chemotherapy, oncology, chemo, drug, medicine, treatment, physician, oncologistCompletely revised and updated for 2015, the Physicians’ Cancer Chemotherapy Drug Manual 2015 is an up-to-date guide to the latest information on standard therapy and recent advances in the field. Written by world-class experts in clinical cancer therapeutics, this essential reference provides a complete, easy-to-use catalog of over 100 drugs and commonly used drug regimens—both on- and off-label—for the treatment of all the major cancers.


  • Revised to reflect rapid advances in the field, incorporating treatment strategies and new drugs like afatinib, ceritinib, ibrutinib, idelalisib, obinutuzumab, and ramucirumab.
  • A specific chapter focused on profiling antiemetic drugs and antiemetic treatment regimens.
  • Diagrams of drug structures and pathways for many of the agents.
  • Offers a comprehensive discussion of clinical pharmacology, special considerations, indications, and dosages.
  • Covers toxicity and drug–drug interactions.
  • A section on chemotherapy regimens for all major cancers.
  • Provides an overview of the basic principles of cancer drug therapy

Save 25% on this resource through April 4th by using code 5STAR at checkout. Click here to learn more about this best-selling resource from Jones & Bartlett Learning.

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