Is This a Puss Caterpillar Sting or Something Else? How a Common Medical Error Can Delay a Diagnosis
Sometimes a patient’s self-diagnosis can be helpful. On the other hand, a patient also can lead the diagnostician astray. The power of suggestion can cause the clinician to anchor on one part of the history or physical examination, a common heuristic error.
In this commentary, Michael Bloch, MD, writes about the cardiovascular risk of exposure to ambient air pollution and how clinicians can play a role in mitigating exposure to reduce blood pressure and cardiovascular risk.
In this article, James Matera, DO, writes about the benefits of using SGLT2 inhibitors to treat patients with type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease, including how the use of SGLT2 inhibitors can help address racial and ethnic disparities in health care.
In this commentary, John W. Harrington, MD, writes about his clinical experience as a pediatric health care provider addressing the challenges and the danger involving parents/guardians who refuse to vaccinate their children.
In this article, Scott T. Vergano, MD, talks about 4 top papers you may have missed in September 2021, including high congenital syphilis case counts among infants, the effect of screen time on recovery from a concussion, and screening for anxiety in the pediatric population.
In this commentary, Raymond Chung, MD, from Massachusetts General Hospital, explains why it is key to stage a patient’s disease after an HCV diagnosis—and how to do it.
Commentary: Even Modest Reductions in Blood Pressure Can Lead to Substantial Reductions in Cardiovascular Events
In this article, Michael J. Bloch, MD, writes about studies over the past 30 years that prove lower achieved blood pressure, including modest reductions in blood pressure, translates to lower cardiovascular events.
In this commentary, Diane Vizthum, a nutritionist from Johns Hopkins, outlines the research done on the ketogenic diet, whether it benefits heart health, and which patients may actually benefit from the diet.
Ophthalmologist Sonal Tuli, MD, discusses the FDA’s recent approval of teprotumumab for thyroid eye disease and what this new drug adds to the treatment landscape for this condition.
Use of Probiotics in Pediatric Patients: A Review of the American Gastroenterological Association 2020 Guidelines
In August 2020, the American Gastroenterological Association published clinical practice guidelines for the role of probiotics in the management of gastrointestinal disorders. The document is not specific to pediatric practice per se, but recommendations are included for specific populations that include children and neonates.