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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

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.

Address Fatty Acid Imbalance to Fight Obesity?

Address Fatty Acid Imbalance to Fight Obesity?

Focusing exclusively on calories and energy expenditure, as opposed to science, has led to increased risk of weight gain and inflammation.

Practice Management

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.

MACRA: Understanding What the Rule Is and What It Isn't

MACRA: Understanding What the Rule Is and What It Isn't

MACRA carries significant reimbursement implications over the next several years.

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

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.

Use EKG to Secure Electronic Health Records?

Use EKG to Secure Electronic Health Records?

Using ECG as a password enhances the security and privacy of the patient with minimal cost.

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