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What is retinitis pigmentosa?

What is retinitis pigmentosa?

Retinitis pigmentosa (called "RP" here) is the medical term for a group of eye disorders that cause vision loss. RP mostly damages the back of the eye, called the "retin…
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What is retinitis pigmentosa?
Missed opportunities for influenza vaccination

Missed opportunities for influenza vaccination

Influenza vaccination rates remain suboptimal. In a retrospective study including more than 31 million Medicare beneficiaries >19 years of age in the United States du…
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Missed opportunities for influenza vaccination
No improvement in heart failure readmissions with postdischarge quality improvement intervention

No improvement in heart failure readmissions with postdischarge quality improvement intervention

Patients hospitalized for heart failure (HF) are often readmitted after discharge; although comprehensive discharge support is designed to reduce readmissions, trials ha…
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No improvement in heart failure readmissions with postdischarge quality improvement intervention
What is a prothrombin time test and an International Normalized Ratio?

What is a prothrombin time test and an International Normalized Ratio?

A prothrombin time test (also called a PT or "pro time" test) is a blood test that measures how long it takes your blood to clot. Different labs use different tests to m…
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What is a prothrombin time test and an International Normalized Ratio?
What is ankylosing spondylitis?

What is ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is a disease that causes pain and stiffness in the back, neck, and sometimes hips and heels. It begins with inflammation around the bones in the s…
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What is ankylosing spondylitis?
What is allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA)?

What is allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA)?

Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (called "ABPA" here) is an allergic reaction that can cause coughing, wheezing, and other symptoms. It usually happens in people …
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What is allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA)?
New naming convention for therapeutic monoclonal antibodies

New naming convention for therapeutic monoclonal antibodies

The number of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) continues to increase. In order to reduce sound-alikes and specify structural components of the immunoglobulins, t…
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New naming convention for therapeutic monoclonal antibodies
Staff vaccination in nursing homes impacts resident COVID-19 outcomes

Staff vaccination in nursing homes impacts resident COVID-19 outcomes

Vaccination of nursing home (NH) staff against COVID-19 has lagged behind resident vaccination but impacts resident outcomes when community transmission is high. In a st…
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Staff vaccination in nursing homes impacts resident COVID-19 outcomes
What are crossed eyes and lazy eye?

What are crossed eyes and lazy eye?

Crossed eyes is a condition in which the eyes don't line up with each other, and don't look in the same direction. The term doctors use for this is "strabismus." In some…
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What are crossed eyes and lazy eye?
ABDOMINAL WALL AND HERNIA SURGERY

ABDOMINAL WALL AND HERNIA SURGERY

Males are 10 times more likely to have groin hernia surgery than females, thus females are underrepresented in most studies. In a Swedish hernia registry including >4…
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ABDOMINAL WALL AND HERNIA SURGERY
Spinal versus general anesthesia for hip fracture surgery

Spinal versus general anesthesia for hip fracture surgery

Whether the use of spinal versus general anesthesia for hip fracture surgery affects outcomes is uncertain. In a multicenter randomized trial (REGAIN) comparing the two …
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Spinal versus general anesthesia for hip fracture surgery
Carotid stenting versus endarterectomy for asymptomatic carotid stenosis

Carotid stenting versus endarterectomy for asymptomatic carotid stenosis

Earlier trials comparing transfemoral carotid artery stenting (TF-CAS) with carotid endarterectomy (CEA) for asymptomatic carotid stenosis reported that the periprocedur…
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Carotid stenting versus endarterectomy for asymptomatic carotid stenosis