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Clinical Trials in Surgery: A New Paradigm

Clinical Trials in Surgery: A New Paradigm

Randomized clinical trials are often considered the highest level on which medical care should be based.

Artificial Kidney Technology Moves Forward

Artificial Kidney Technology Moves Forward

If ESRD patients face increasing difficulty getting a kidney transplant in coming years, they may see an artificial kidney as the next best alternative.

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

Low Salt Intake May Harm Cardiovascular Health, Study Says

Low Salt Intake May Harm Cardiovascular Health, Study Says

Researchers say restricting sodium might backfire, but heart experts are critical of the finding.

New Dietary Guidelines De-emphasize Nutrient Limits

New Dietary Guidelines De-emphasize Nutrient Limits

The 2015-2020 guidelines emphasize healthy eating patterns over individual food groups and nutrients.

Review Questions Impact of Moderate Alcohol on Longevity

Review Questions Impact of Moderate Alcohol on Longevity

Previous findings did not account for persons abstaining from alcohol due to illnesses.

Practice Management

Still Resisting EMRs? Here's How To Move Forward

Still Resisting EMRs? Here's How To Move Forward

Practices should get demos of the electronic medical record systems they are interested in and analyze the clinical and practice management aspects of these systems.

Satisfaction Surveys Important for Retaining Patients

Satisfaction Surveys Important for Retaining Patients

Survey results can identify physician outliers who may be bring down a whole group's satisfaction score.

Seniors Receiving Inappropriate Prescriptions at Hospital Discharge

Seniors Receiving Inappropriate Prescriptions at Hospital Discharge

The median number of drugs prescribed to seniors on hospital discharge was 7.8.

Legal Issues in Medicine

FDA's 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation Misunderstood

FDA's 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation Misunderstood

Many believe meds supported by stronger evidence than the law requires to achieve designation.

Legal Interpretation May Expose Doctors to Substantial Fines

Legal Interpretation May Expose Doctors to Substantial Fines

Case surrounds whether liability under IFPA can be based on what a practice should have known.

Health Care Apps Lack Good Privacy Policies

Health Care Apps Lack Good Privacy Policies

Nearly 80% of studied diabetes apps had no declared privacy policy.

HIPAA Compliance

How to Select a Security Officer for Your Physician Practice

How to Select a Security Officer for Your Physician Practice

HIPAA requires physician offices to appoint a security officer, but a physician should not hold the position.

HIPAA Disclosure Rules Not As Strict As Widely Believed

HIPAA Disclosure Rules Not As Strict As Widely Believed

Patients' representatives, individuals designated to make medical decisions for them, have equal rights to access information under HIPAA.

How to Work With Health Information Organizations

How to Work With Health Information Organizations

Providers typically need business associate agreements with health information organizations.

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