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Pathology Update: New Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel (Multiplex PCR testing)

by Medical Staff Office on November 25, 2016

From Sanford H. Robbins, MD, chief pathologist; Jacqui Kozireski, microbiology lab manager; and Mary Clance, MD, hospital epidemiologist

The era of molecular microbiology is here. We are pleased to announce that Multiplex PCR testing will be available for the detection … learn more

Mindfulness Meditation-Based Intervention is Feasible, Acceptable, and Safe for Chronic Low Back Pain Requiring Long-Term Daily Opioid Therapy

by jmiller on November 3, 2016

“Findings of this study indicate that the targeted mindful meditation-based intervention is feasible and safe in patients with opioid-treated chronic low back pain.  Mindful meditation-based interventions are particularly attractive for the treatment of chronic disabling conditions because they promote an … learn more

“Interventions to Prevent and Reduce Physician Burnout: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” and Accompanying Editorial “Doing Something about Physician Burnout”

by jmiller on November 3, 2016

“Physician burnout has reached epidemic levels, as documented in national studies of both physicians in training and practicing physicians. The consequences are negative effects on patient care, professionalism, physicians’ own care and safety, and the viability of the healthcare systems. … learn more

In the News: Acute Flaccid Myelitis Outbreaks Resulting in Childrens’ Deaths across the Country

by jmiller on November 3, 2016

Several articles attached related to acute flaccid myelitis, which has been a topic in the news this past week. Several articles are attached. Click here to read full text.… learn more

Hearing without Listening: NEJM Perspective Piece

by jmiller on November 3, 2016

Jeffrey Drazen, MD, takes us through a scene of “pre-rounding” in an ICU unit, in which the attending physicians are rounding with their computers, giving the latest data on each patient without connecting with the patient. The residents who really … learn more

Guidelines for the management of severe brain injury, Fourth Edition

by jmiller on October 12, 2016

The purpose of this article (Neurosurgery, Sept.), is two-fold: “to synthesize the available evidence and translate it into recommendations. This document provides recommendations only when there is evidence to support them.”  Updated treatment recommendations are offered in bold in their … learn more

Rethinking the primary care workforce – an expanded role for nurses

by jmiller on October 5, 2016

In this “Perspective” article (NEJM, Sept 15), “the adult population of the U.S. will soon have a different primary care experience than we’ve been used to. In the primary care practice of the future, the physician’s role will increasingly be … learn more

Doctors tell all – and it’s bad: a crop of books by disillusioned physicians reveals a corrosive doctor-patient relationship at the heart of our health-care crisis

by jmiller on October 4, 2016

This interesting essay was written about why it has become so difficult for so many doctors and patients to communicate with each other. “Ours is a technologically proficient but emotionally deficient and inconsistent medical system that is best at treating … learn more

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