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The Waiting Room Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

Treating patients at high risk of an STI before the culture results are available could lead to overtreatment.

The Waiting Room Athletic training: a path to becoming a physician assistant

Athletic training: a path to becoming a physician assistant

Many physician assistants come to the profession after working as certified athletic trainers.

The Waiting Room Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

Alternative anesthetics can be used for patients who have a lidocaine allergy.

The Waiting Room The risk of writing informal prescriptions

The risk of writing informal prescriptions

When clinicians write informal prescriptions, their supervising physicians may also suffer the consequences.

The Waiting Room Avoiding hospital care after sustaining an injury

Avoiding hospital care after sustaining an injury

Some patients may be reluctant to seek care after sustaining an injury.

The Waiting Room Implicit biases in the exam room

Implicit biases in the exam room

In the last few years, clinicians have overwhelmingly moved to recognize the implicit biases in their practice of medicine.

The Waiting Room How long is long enough? Taking time off after an illness

How long is long enough? Taking time off after an illness

Different illnesses require that patients stay home from school or work for different lengths of time.

The Waiting Room Increased mortality rates in patients with nocturia

Increased mortality rates in patients with nocturia

Patients who experience nocturia, or frequent urination during the night, may have increased mortality rates.

The Waiting Room Making appointments for emergency department visits

Making appointments for emergency department visits

As the volume of patients in emergency departments across the country rise, more EDs are experimenting with appointment reservation systems.

The Waiting Room Summertime blues

Summertime blues

Sunburn, mosquito bites, and fireworks all present dangerous hazards during the summer months.

The Waiting Room Helping patients save at the pharmacy

Helping patients save at the pharmacy

Clinicians can help patients by providing information on pharmacies that offer discounts, coupons, and affordable prescriptions.

The Waiting Room A true confession  or maybe not

A true confession – or maybe not

Sleep deprivation can cause hallucinations, decreased cognitive function, and anxiety.

The Waiting Room Advances for PAs practicing addiction medicine

Advances for PAs practicing addiction medicine

Both PAs and NPs who practice addiction medicine have seen progress made in 2016 to increase practice authority.

The Waiting Room OSA treatment linked to depression improvement

OSA treatment linked to depression improvement

Patients presenting with depression should be evaluated for sleep disorders.

The Waiting Room Overcrowding in the emergency department

Overcrowding in the emergency department

Emergency department clinicians are faced with a number of challenges as ED's become more crowded.

The Waiting Room Hyperarousal and use of prescription sleep aids

Hyperarousal and use of prescription sleep aids

Hyperarousal is linked to an increased likelihood of a patient using prescription sleep aids.

The Waiting Room Door open or door closed? Drawing inspiration from patients in recovery

Door open or door closed? Drawing inspiration from patients in recovery

Patients facing addiction aren't from another planet - they're our parents, our siblings, our neighbors, and our friends.

The Waiting Room A bumpy transition into the role of an FNP

A bumpy transition into the role of an FNP

Sometimes, stepping into a new professional role takes longer than expected.

The Waiting Room Increased risk of Parkinson disease in female patients with sleep apnea

Increased risk of Parkinson disease in female patients with sleep apnea

The sleep concerns of female patients are often diagnosed as depression rather than obstructive sleep apnea, leading to increased risks for certain diseases.

The Waiting Room Insufficient sleep is a risk factor for weight gain

Insufficient sleep is a risk factor for weight gain

When patients don't get enough sleep, lipid levels in their blood may make it more difficult for them resist overeating.

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