News & Views - Page 2

Jennifer Barrett, Associate Editor
New research suggests that hepatitis C virus treatments can be shortened in half of patients receiving them without compromising efficacy, potentially leading to significant cost savings.
As the most common travel-related illness, travelers' diarrhea—defined as 3 or more unformed stools in 24 hours—affects about 10% to 40% of individuals who travel each year.
Patients with complex health issues and frequent hospital visits, are becoming a focus of care management programs in an effort to improve patient outcomes.
An updated campaign sheds light on the fact that more than millions of Americans may be living with prediabetes, and urges them to find out whether they have prediabetes through discussions with their health care providers.
Cecilia Pessoa Gingerich
Investigators found that communication from pediatric providers about high blood pressure was direct in 16.6%, unclear in 16.6%, minimized in 13%, and absent in 66.7% of recorded visits.
An infectious diseases (ID) specialist should be consulted before patients receive intravenous (IV) antimicrobial infusion therapy outside of the hospital, suggest updated guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Amanie Khairullah, PharmD Candidate, Bryce Platt, PharmD, and Rebecca W. Chater, RPh, MPH, FAPhA
Patient nonadherence to prescribed medications is associated with poor therapeutic outcomes, progression of disease, increased healthcare utilization, and an estimated burden of billions per year in avoidable direct healthcare costs.
Officials with the FDA have approved Theravance Biopharma and Mylan’s revefenacin (Yupelri) inhalation solution for the maintenance treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a press release.1

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The Educated Patient

Kristen Marjama, DNP, APRN-BC
Although the rate of foot and leg amputation has greatly declined over the past 2 decades, increasing awareness for macrovascular and microvascular complications of diabetes is essential because diabetes is the leading cause of lower-limb amputations in the United States.
Kristen Marjama, DNP, FNP-BC
Gluten proteins found in barley, rye, and wheat trigger systemic injury primarily to the small intestine, but they can also affect the joints, liver, skin, uterus, and other organs.
Kristen Marjama, DNP, FNP-BC
It is that time of year again, when health care providers see an increase in patient volume because no one has time to be sick.
Sara Marlow, MSN, RN, PHN, FNP-C
Sunburn is still a major health issue that can be prevented.
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