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Whatever Happened to the AIDS Crisis?

Whatever Happened to the AIDS Crisis?

Chronic diseases such as end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have now surpassed opportunistic infections as the leading cause of death among HIV-infected patients.

Prostate Cancer Genetics: Ready for Clinical Use?

Prostate Cancer Genetics: Ready for Clinical Use?

For decades, prostate cancer risk (PCa) stratification was based primarily on the architectural pattern of the tumor.

Expert Q&A

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.

Ultrasonic Propulsion of Kidney Stones: Interview with Jonathan Harper, MD

Ultrasonic Propulsion of Kidney Stones: Interview with Jonathan Harper, MD

Jonathan Harper, MD, of the UW School of Medicine in Seattle, explains his "Rolling Stones" concept as a feasible office procedure.

Legal Issues in Medicine

Legal Implications of Using PAs and NPs

Legal Implications of Using PAs and NPs

Understanding legal issues allows effective use of physician extenders, who can be beneficial in health care.

How to Protect Yourself from Patient Abandonment Accusations

How to Protect Yourself from Patient Abandonment Accusations

Article provides suggestions to protect physician from liability, accusations of patient abandonment

Clinical Negligence Leads to Amputation and Lawsuit

Clinical Negligence Leads to Amputation and Lawsuit

Clinicians missed several opportunities to advocate for their patient, leading to the loss of a leg.

Malpractice News

Malpractice Case Ends in $5 Million Award

Family alleged that healthcare professionals failed to respond to an infant's symptoms of a potentially fatal condition.

Study: Better Handoff in Hospitals Decreases Medical Error Rate

Researchers developed a three-part handoff system that includes standardized communication and handoff training.

Malpractice Premiums Declining in Tennessee Following Reforms

The number of malpractice suits filed in the state has dropped by 36% each year since the reforms went into effect.

Renal Nutrition Update

Sodium Content Too High in Over Half of Packaged Foods

Sodium Content Too High in Over Half of Packaged Foods

Many cold cuts, pizza, packaged meals contain too much sodium to be labeled 'healthy', according to a new CDC report.

25+ Low-Potassium Plant Foods

25+ Low-Potassium Plant Foods

When the kidneys are not working well, potassium levels in the blood can rise.

Cut Added Sugars to 10% or Less, says WHO

Cut Added Sugars to 10% or Less, says WHO

The world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just 6 to 12 teaspoons per day, according to WHO.

On The Forefront

Transplant Program Biorepository Poised to Promote Research

The Cleveland Clinic has initiated the collection and storage of biospecimens from kidney and pancreas transplant recipients.

A Way to Reduce Discard Rates of Kidneys with Capsular Damage

More than 100,000 patients are on the kidney transplant waiting list and the increasing number of patients without living donor options underscore why it is important to decrease the discard rate of deceased donor kidneys available for transplantation.

Practice Management

Countdown to Review Sunshine Act Data

Countdown to Review Sunshine Act Data

Doctors have limited time period to review financial data and dispute reports before they go public.

Women in Practice Could Mean More Flexible Schedules

Women in Practice Could Mean More Flexible Schedules

Practices may need to adjust schedules, time off, and compensation as the number of female urologists and nephrologists grows.

Physician Optimism Perceived Better By Patients

Physician Optimism Perceived Better By Patients

Patients perceive higher level of compassion among physicians who provide a more optimistic message

Your Money

Bank Stocks Recovering, Undervalued

Profits are up as banks are avoiding shaky loans.

Natural Gas Stocks Poised to Rebound

Excess supplies are helping to hold down prices, so natural gas is becoming more attractive for many users.

Invest in Stocks to Take Advantage of Positive Economic Developments

Invest in Stocks to Take Advantage of Positive Economic Developments

The S&P 500 stock index has returned 10.2% annually during the past three years and the Barclays Capital Aggregate bond index only returned 5.7%.

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