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A shortage of specialists?

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Patients Will Be Asking: Is "man flu" real?

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Aussie physician writes name on his surgical cap, starts a global movement

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Physicians can help sexually traumatized patients

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Quality reporting efforts may be counterproductive

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Most physicians have been cyberattacked

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  • Clinical Essentials from J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract
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Asthma: more variable peak expiratory flow predicts loss of control after steroid dose reduction

Childhood-onset asthma patients, by contrast, tended to maintain control.

  • Clinical Essentials from Crit Care
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ECMO for near-fatal asthma

Despite high complication rate, most patients survive to discharge.

  • Clinical Essentials from Clin Microbiol Infect
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Multiplex PCR tests to detect respiratory viruses: a meta-analysis

They generally perform well—especially for influenza A.

  • Clinical Essentials from Aliment Pharmacol Ther
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Many drugs, not just antibiotics, alter gut flora

Proton pump inhibitors, metformin among those linked to concerning changes.

  • Clinical Essentials from Obstet Gynecol
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Ob-gyns prescribing excessive opioids, study finds

Results of a nationwide survey.

  • Clinical Essentials from Cochrane Database Syst Rev
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Nebulized magnesium is iffy for acute asthma: an updated meta-analysis

Benefit, if any, remains uncertain.

  • Clinical Essentials from Pain Med
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Expert panel issues recommendations on drug monitoring for opioids

Drug monitoring may reduce illicit use.

  • Clinical Essentials from PLoS One
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Does this child have IBD? Check fecal calprotectin

Adding it to red-flag symptoms helps substantially.

  • Clinical Essentials from J. Hepatol
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Alcoholic hepatitis: DF is no longer the optimal prognostic tool

STOPAH data show that MELD, ABIC, and GAHS offer superior value.

  • Clinical Essentials from Circulation
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CPR, emergency CV care: new international consensus recommendations announced

US and European associations release 2017 recommendations.

  • Clinical Essentials from JPSM
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A new way to prevent phantom-limb pain in children

Gabapentin works in adults, and now children, too.

  • Clinical Essentials from Cochrane Database Syst Rev
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Cochrane review finds little evidence in support of common neuropathic pain drug

However, other meta-analyses have suggested oxcarbazepine is effective.

  • Clinical Essentials from Eur Respir J
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Predicting pneumonia in a primary care population

Four signs suggest a higher risk for radiographic findings.

  • Clinical Essentials from Am. J. Kidney Dis
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Acute kidney injury tied to increased risk for heart failure

Data from a national cohort study of over 300K US veterans.