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Providing a calendar page to use
 as a reminder to take medications

Providing a calendar page to use
 as a reminder to take medications


Use a calendar page to explain what medications patients should take when.

A mnemonic device for use in cardiology care

A mnemonic device for use in cardiology care

Use the acronyms PASS and PAID to remember important murmurs

The benefits of ultrasound
 in women with dense breasts

The benefits of ultrasound
 in women with dense breasts


Even if they are not cost-effective, routine ultrasounds for women with dense breasts are still important.

Easing pain during vaccination

Easing pain during vaccination


To reduce the discomfort or pain of vaccinations, apply firm, but comfortable, pressure on the intended site for 30 seconds.

Ethyl chloride before anesthesia

Ethyl chloride before anesthesia

Consider using topical ethyl chloride before the use of anesthesia when working with infected skin.

'Addicted' babies are misclassified

'Addicted' babies are misclassified 


Referring to infants as "addicted" to opiates is clinically incorrect and creates stigma surrounding treatment.

Help smokers quit on the 'DOT'

Help smokers quit on the 'DOT'

The Department of Transportation's new physical examination requirement helps employees quit smoking.

Weighing the pros, cons of craniosacral therapy

Weighing the pros, cons of craniosacral therapy

The benefits of CranioSacral Therapy may not outweigh the intensive training and medical costs associated with the treatment.

Think broadly to diagnose the cause of chronic abdominal pain

Think broadly to diagnose the cause of chronic abdominal pain

When diagnosing the cause of chronic abdominal pain, a more specific history and a broad consideration of causes can help with diagnosis.

Discussing advance directives
 during a patient's first visit

Discussing advance directives
 during a patient's first visit

Doctors should start a dialogue about advance directives upon a patient's first visit to help them make decisions regarding their health care.

Keeping an accurate 
medication list is critical 
to a patient's care

Keeping an accurate 
medication list is critical 
to a patient's care


Educating patients can help them see the importance of having an accurate medication list.

Patient with a history of erratic nighttime episodes

Patient with a history of erratic nighttime episodes

After consulting a neurologist, the nurse practitioner determined a diagnosis of REM sleep behavior disorder.

Menopausal hormone replacement therapy recommendations

Menopausal hormone replacement therapy recommendations

The risks of HRT have received so much attention that its benefits have been largely overlooked.

Cancer prehabilitation: moving from primary care to oncology

Cancer prehabilitation: moving from primary care to oncology

NPs and PAs involved with oncology teams should support multimodal prehabilitation for cancer patients to help ease the transition to oncology.

Rapidly worsening eye pain and ankylosing spondylitis

Rapidly worsening eye pain and ankylosing spondylitis

A women presenting with eye pain and photo sensitivity was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis.

Chronic vulvar itching and lichen sclerosus et atrophicus

Chronic vulvar itching and lichen sclerosus et atrophicus


A 51-year-old woman with chronic vulvar itching was diagnosed with lichen sclerosus et atrophicus.

Antidepressant for neuropathy pain leads to hyponatremia

Antidepressant for neuropathy pain leads to hyponatremia

An older male patient started antidepressants for neuropathy pain but developed hyponatremia as a result.

Gluten-free diet resolves symptoms in a non-celiac patient

Gluten-free diet resolves symptoms in a non-celiac patient


A gluten-free diet alleviated a patient's fatigue, brain fog, bloating, and constipation.

Don't hit 'send' until you read this

Don't hit 'send' until you read this


Medical professionals need to keep in mind that e-mail etiquette can affect their reputation.

Yellow lights, digoxin toxicity

Yellow lights, digoxin toxicity


A woman complaining of seeing yellow lights is diagnosed with digoxin toxicity.

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