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The Waiting Room What in the world is Vasalgel?

What in the world is Vasalgel?

A form of male birth control called Vasalgel, which works by injecting a polymer gel into the vas deferens, is being developed in the United States.

The Waiting Room The bravery of people with dementia

The bravery of people with dementia

Facing dementia with strength and courage can inspire and comfort patients' families.

The Waiting Room Lifestyle changes can reduce risk of restless legs syndrome

Lifestyle changes can reduce risk of restless legs syndrome

Patients who are sedentary, obese, or smokers have an increased risk of developing restless leg syndrome.

The Waiting Room Conjunctivitis confusion: are we overtreating pink eye?

Conjunctivitis confusion: are we overtreating pink eye?

Identifying the type of conjunctivitis that a patient has is the key to identifying the most effective course of action.

The Waiting Room Understanding age-related macular degeneration

Understanding age-related macular degeneration

Clinicians should be able to diagnose age-related macular degeneration and distinguish between dry and wet presentations.

The Waiting Room As opioid prescription rates decrease, overdose deaths remain the same: Is this progress?

As opioid prescription rates decrease, overdose deaths remain the same: Is this progress?

A national push to decrease opioid prescription rates has not led to a net decrease in overdose deaths. Has progress been made?

The Waiting Room Is obstructive sleep apnea linked to low levels of vitamin D?

Is obstructive sleep apnea linked to low levels of vitamin D?

Understanding the link between vitamin D deficiency and obstructive sleep apnea can be challenging.

The Waiting Room What changes are in store for PA recertification?

What changes are in store for PA recertification?

As the PA profession continues to grow, the NCCPA looks to the future with new recertification guidelines.

The Waiting Room Sleepwalkers don't feel pain during sleep

Sleepwalkers don't feel pain during sleep

Although people who sleepwalk may injure themselves, they often do not feel pain until they are awake.

The Waiting Room Who calls the shots about a physician assistant title change?

Who calls the shots about a physician assistant title change?

The AAPA has again proposed calling physician assistants PAs despite pushback from the House of Delegates.

The Waiting Room How food can affect your sleep

How food can affect your sleep

A new study found that dietary intake of fiber, saturated fats, and carbohydrates can influence sleep quality.

The Waiting Room Recognizing victims of domestic violence

Recognizing victims of domestic violence

Clinicians should trust their intuition when a patient's injuries don't match up with their story.

The Waiting Room Understanding the Mallampati score

Understanding the Mallampati score

The Mallampati score is a simple, quick test that can be a good predictor of obstructive sleep apnea.

The Waiting Room Impaired provider programs give clinicians a safe place to recover

Impaired provider programs give clinicians a safe place to recover

For clinicians who struggle with substance abuse and other mental health problems, impaired provider programs offer a safe, supportive space where they can recover.

The Waiting Room The importance of clinician-patient confidentiality in the emergency department

The importance of clinician-patient confidentiality in the emergency department

When patients present with concerning behavior, an explanation of patient-provider confidentiality can help clinicians provide effective treatment more quickly.

The Waiting Room Quantity of sleep continues to decline in Americans

Quantity of sleep continues to decline in Americans

A growing number of adults in the United States are not getting the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.

The Waiting Room Wanted: Collaboration between the AAPA's gun control advocates and gun-savvy PAs

Wanted: Collaboration between the AAPA's gun control advocates and gun-savvy PAs

In the wake of mass shootings, the issue of gun control continues to divide the AAPA House of Delegates regarding the organization's policies.

The Waiting Room Holiday healing in the emergency department

Holiday healing in the emergency department

The patient flow may slow down during the holidays, but some people come to the emergency department for more than just physical reasons.

The Waiting Room The other signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea

The other signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea

Look for symptoms like headaches, daytime sleepiness, and forgetfulness when diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea.

The Waiting Room The importance of proper names

The importance of proper names

Using the correct names for parts of the reproductive system can lead to better knowledge and care of the body.

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