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Progress to More Nuanced Medicine

Progress to More Nuanced Medicine

Medicine is making progress to refine patient care.

Medical Advancements Versus the Status Quo

Medical Advancements Versus the Status Quo

Medical research inherently seeks to improve approaches to clinical care.

Later HD, Less HD, No HD: A New Paradigm?

Later HD, Less HD, No HD: A New Paradigm?

Recent studies have cast doubt on the universal superiority of the conventional approach to dialysis.

Expert Q&A

The Promise of the New Hyperkalemia Drugs

The Promise of the New Hyperkalemia Drugs

Renal & Urology News interviewed Matthew R. Weir, MD, director of the division of nephrology and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

In a New Light: NBI for Bladder Cancer

In a New Light: NBI for Bladder Cancer

Daniel Canter, M.D., discusses narrow-band imaging (NBI) for visualization of bladder cancer.

The Need for a Kidney Research Prize: Interview with Sharon Moe, MD

The Need for a Kidney Research Prize: Interview with Sharon Moe, MD

Dr. Moe spoke about the importance of nephrology research and how a prize competition can facilitate the process.

Renal Nutrition Update

25 Food Categories Account for Sodium Overload

25 Food Categories Account for Sodium Overload

A majority of sodium consumed was from food obtained at stores; however, sodium density was highest in food obtained at restaurants.

Obesity Inadequately Addressed in Medical Licensing Exams

Obesity Inadequately Addressed in Medical Licensing Exams

Important concepts of obesity prevention and treatment were poorly represented.

DASH Deemed Best Diet of the Year

DASH Deemed Best Diet of the Year

To receive top ratings, a diet has to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss, and protective against diabetes and heart disease.

Practice Management

Second Opinion From Specialist Valuable for Correct Diagnosis

Second Opinion From Specialist Valuable for Correct Diagnosis

Final diagnoses were better defined/refined in 66% of cases, but in 21% of cases, final diagnoses were distinctly different than referral diagnoses.

Advice for Improving the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Advice for Improving the Doctor-Patient Relationship

One of the most overlooked functions of communication is establishing the patient relationship.

ACA's Medicaid Expansion May Hinder Access to Care

ACA's Medicaid Expansion May Hinder Access to Care

Medicaid expansion was associated with greater insurance coverage but also longer wait times for appointments.

Legal Issues in Medicine

Patient Safety Info Open to Litigation, Court Rules

Patient Safety Info Open to Litigation, Court Rules

The PSQIA allows physicians and hospitals to share information about safety issues and incidents through a patient safety organization.

Reduce Your Risk of Medical Lawsuits

Reduce Your Risk of Medical Lawsuits

The risk of a primary care physician getting sued is 75%, the authors present 5 strategies to reduce the risk of lawsuits.

Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia Increasing Legalized

Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia Increasing Legalized

Public support for physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia has increased in Western Europe, while plateauing in the United States.

HIPAA Compliance

Controlling Access to Health Information

Controlling Access to Health Information

Access control often is viewed as an IT-only job, but it is a shared responsibility.

Corrective Action Plans May Accompany HIPAA Fines

Corrective Action Plans May Accompany HIPAA Fines

In serious breach cases, the HHS Office for Civil Rights may impose CAPs to prevent breaches from recurring.

Misplaced Mobile Devices Lead to HHS Investigations, Millions in Fines

Misplaced Mobile Devices Lead to HHS Investigations, Millions in Fines

Encryption and keeping confidential information off laptops and cellphones are among the ways to prevent breaches.

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