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The Waiting Room Dermographism: Writing on the Skin

Dermographism: Writing on the Skin

The cause of dermographic urticaria is unknown, but appears to be related to a mast cell abnormality and is probably autoimmune in nature.

The Waiting Room Are your colleagues continuing to perform unnecessary arthroscopies?

Are your colleagues continuing to perform unnecessary arthroscopies?

Unknown knowns are ideas that we're aware of on some level but, for whatever reason, choose not to admit to ourselves.

The Waiting Room When patients need services that don't exist

When patients need services that don't exist

It can be difficult to care for complex patients when they need services that do not exist.

The Waiting Room Binge watching TV and its effects on sleep

Binge watching TV and its effects on sleep

Recent evidence has shown that binge watching television could lead to poor sleep.

The Waiting Room Please stop filming me: Smartphones in the emergency department

Please stop filming me: Smartphones in the emergency department

A hospital policy to prevent video recording in the emergency department helps to prevent patients from recording clinicians without their permission.

The Waiting Room Treating patients with a fracture: Engage an expert

Treating patients with a fracture: Engage an expert

It is essential for healthcare professionals to collaborate with other experts from all specialty areas.

The Waiting Room The role of prescription habits in the opioid epidemic

The role of prescription habits in the opioid epidemic

Current surgical and prescribing practices may have a hand in exacerbating the nation's burgeoning opioid epidemic.

The Waiting Room What do my dreams mean?

What do my dreams mean?

We are still not sure why we dream, but many patients are still curious about their significance.

The Waiting Room The flu vaccine's influence on public health

The flu vaccine's influence on public health

Improving influenza vaccination rates will require a much greater commitment to preventative public health to change public perception of the importance and efficacy of flu vaccination.

The Waiting Room Small procedures, lasting impact

Small procedures, lasting impact

The Mitrofanoff procedure is a simple yet ingenious concept that creates a passageway for the easy removal of urine in patients who self-catheterize.

The Waiting Room A look back at the AAPA 2017 House of Delegates meeting

A look back at the AAPA 2017 House of Delegates meeting

The House of Delegates discussed the recertification process for PAs and the future of the PA profession.

The Waiting Room Sleep disturbances after traumatic brain injury

Sleep disturbances after traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury can change physical, cognitive, and emotional functioning, which can include changes in the patient's sleeping patterns.

The Waiting Room Catathrenia: Parasomnia or breathing disorder?

Catathrenia: Parasomnia or breathing disorder?

Individuals with catathrenia experience a moaning, groaning, or high-pitched squeak during sleep.

The Waiting Room The House's healthcare bill: Trumpcare or "Chumpcare"?

The House's healthcare bill: Trumpcare or "Chumpcare"?

Public opinion polls support the views of professional organizations, with 60% of Americans opposing the new American Health Care Act, 31% supporting it, and 9% undecided.

The Waiting Room Tips for adjusting to the night shift

Tips for adjusting to the night shift

Working through the night and sleeping during the day can be a difficult adjustment.

The Waiting Room Managing new technology in medicine

Managing new technology in medicine

Incorporating new technology in medical practices to manage outpatient medical records can sometimes be a challenge.

The Waiting Room Sleep paralysis: A world between wakefulness and sleep

Sleep paralysis: A world between wakefulness and sleep

Patients who experience sleep paralysis may find themselves unable to move or speak and may have difficulty taking a deep breath.

The Waiting Room Could "safe consumption sites" help the heroin epidemic in the US?

Could "safe consumption sites" help the heroin epidemic in the US?

"Safe consumption sites" are medically-supervised venues where heroin users can inject heroin in clean, safe, and medically-supervised facilities.

The Waiting Room The characteristics of nightmares vs sleep terrors

The characteristics of nightmares vs sleep terrors

Many patients experience ongoing issues with nightmares or night terrors.

The Waiting Room Identifying parasomnias in the sleep cycle

Identifying parasomnias in the sleep cycle

Parasomnias are undesirable physical or experiential events that occur during sleep as movements, emotions, perceptions, and dreams.

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