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One and two doses of HPV-16/18 vaccine as effective as three

One and two doses of HPV-16/18 vaccine as effective as three

The Cervarix vaccine may be as effective in one or two doses as it is with three.

Antibiotics may be alternative 
to appendectomy in some patients

Antibiotics may be alternative 
to appendectomy in some patients

Patients with uncomplicated appendicitis may be treated with antibiotics instead of surgery.

Mediterranean diet and cognition

Mediterranean diet and cognition

Adhering to a Mediterranean diet may help fight against cognitive decline in older adults.

PPIs linked to heart attack

PPIs linked to heart attack

Adults who took PPIs had a significantly higher risk of heart attack compared with those who didn't.

Outpatient evaluation is suggested for chest pain

Outpatient evaluation is suggested for chest pain

Adults with chest pain rarely displayed adverse cardiac events.

Exercise and healthy birth weight

Exercise and healthy birth weight

Exercising regularly during pregnancy may be associated with lower birth weight.

Drugs advised after first seizure

Drugs advised after first seizure

Taking epilepsy medication after a first seizure decreases the risk of another seizure.

Prevalence of metabolic 
syndrome high but stable

Prevalence of metabolic 
syndrome high but stable

Although many older adults have metabolic syndrome, the rates are stable.

Asthma treatment less likely to work as patients age

Asthma treatment less likely to work as patients age

Patients aged 30 years are older are more likely to experience unsuccessful asthma treatment.

Intensive glucose control lowers cardiovascular risk in diabetes

Intensive glucose control lowers cardiovascular risk in diabetes

For patients with diabetes, strict glucose control lowers the risk for cardiovascular events.

Cancer screening rates are short of goal

Cancer screening rates are short of goal

The CDC reports that screening rates for colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer have dropped in recent years.

In menopausal women, SSRIs increase fracture risk

In menopausal women, SSRIs increase fracture risk

Women prescribed SSRIs for menopausal symptoms had a sustained increased risk for fracture.

Fewer adverse outcomes when pharmacists manage warfarin therapy

Fewer adverse outcomes when pharmacists manage warfarin therapy

Patients whose warfarin therapy was managed by pharmacists had reduced adverse outcomes compared with usual care.

Globally, public awareness of thrombosis is low

Globally, public awareness of thrombosis is low

People across the world are relatively unaware of thrombosis, especially venous thromboembolism.

Asthma risk increased by prenatal exposure to H2Bs, PPIs

Asthma risk increased by prenatal exposure to H2Bs, PPIs

Pregnant women who use H2 blockers or PPIs increase their offspring's risk for asthma.

Janus kinase inhibitors may treat vitiligo

Janus kinase inhibitors may treat vitiligo

Janus kinase inhibitors are indicated for rheumatoid arthritis, but they may be able to treat vitiligo.

Eating carbs last in a meal lowers glucose levels

Eating carbs last in a meal lowers glucose levels

Eating carbohydrates last helped lower glucose levels, especially if vegetables and proteins were eaten first.

Affordable Care Act subsidies upheld by Supreme Court

Affordable Care Act subsidies upheld by Supreme Court

On Thursday, the Supreme Court voted to uphold tax subsidies for Americans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act.

Glycemic control improves with more electronic clinician notes

Glycemic control improves with more electronic clinician notes

Clinicians who take more electronic notes on lifestyle counseling help their diabetic patients achieve lower HbA1c.

Inpatient consultation can reduce cellulitis misdiagnosis

Inpatient consultation can reduce cellulitis misdiagnosis

Most patients who were initially diagnosed with cellulitis were diagnosed with pseudocellulitis in inpatient settings.

Lifestyle, not ED medication, raises melanoma risk

Lifestyle, not ED medication, raises melanoma risk

Men who took erectile dysfunction medication had increased risk for melanoma, but it is probably due to lifestyle factors.

Challenges remain in HCV treatment despite advances

Challenges remain in HCV treatment despite advances

High hepatitis C treatment costs with interferon-free regimens and ethical questions about re-treatment and resource allocation remain.

Acid suppression medications raise risk of pediatric C. difficile

Acid suppression medications raise risk of pediatric C. difficile

Children using acid suppression medications have a higher risk of incident Clostridium difficile infections.

Mini nasal filter reduces hay fever symptoms

Mini nasal filter reduces hay fever symptoms

The device, which prevents pollen inhalation resulted in significantly fewer symptoms including sneezing, watery eyes, and drowsiness.

Discourage marijuana use among pregnant, breastfeeding women

Discourage marijuana use among pregnant, breastfeeding women

Using marijuana during pregnancy can affect fetal development and lead to cognitive and behavioral issues in children.

Determine risk of chronic back pain with a clinical decision rule

Determine risk of chronic back pain with a clinical decision rule

Researchers have developed a way to determine back pain patients' risk for chronic pain.

Rates of obesity on the rise in the U.S.

Rates of obesity on the rise in the U.S.

More people in the United States are obese and overweight than ever before.

Routine testing for coronary artery disease has low yield

Routine testing for coronary artery disease has low yield

Testing patients with acute chest pain and low clinical risks had a low yield for coronary artery disease.

Fate of extended statute of limitations on NY malpractice filings is unclear

Fate of extended statute of limitations on NY malpractice filings is unclear

The New York Assembly is trying to pass a law that changes the malpractice statute of limitations.

Trans fat may worsen memory

Trans fat may worsen memory

Male patients who ate more trans fats performed poorly on word recall test.

Diabetes may increase infection-related mortality risk

Diabetes may increase infection-related mortality risk

After adjustment for age and sex, standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) were higher in type 1 and type 2 diabetes for all outcomes.

Patients in underprivileged cities may be at greater risk for suicide

Patients in underprivileged cities may be at greater risk for suicide

Individuals living in socio-economically disadvantaged cities that also have relatively few residents living in family setting have higher suicide risk.

Psoriasis drug may also aid weight loss

Psoriasis drug may also aid weight loss

Nearly 20% of patients lost more than 5% of their baseline weight by 52 weeks or less when assigned to receive apremilast.

Kids, teens aren't drinking enough water

Kids, teens aren't drinking enough water

Nearly one-quarter of patients aged 6 to 19 years reported they did not drink water at all.

Chocolate linked to better heart health

Chocolate linked to better heart health

Eating up to 3.5 ounces of chocolate daily was tied to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke compared with little or no chocolate consumption.

Diet plan choice may limit weight loss effectiveness

Diet plan choice may limit weight loss effectiveness

Those who had a choice lost slightly less weight compared with patients who had no choice.

Smoking attributed to half of cancer deaths

Smoking attributed to half of cancer deaths

Almost 126,000 of the deaths attributed to smoking were from cancers of the lungs, bronchus, and trachea.

Additional evidence of link between psoriasis, kidney disease

Additional evidence of link between psoriasis, kidney disease

Patients with psoriasis should avoid long-term use of medications that are toxic to the kidneys.

Self-inflicted injury rates among adolescents on the rise

Self-inflicted injury rates among adolescents on the rise

Cutting injuries increased over time, and it was particularly common among girls, study results indicate.

Screening tool detects eating disorders

Screening tool detects eating disorders

The acronym SCOFF can help identify patients with a likely case of anorexia or bulimia.

Oral health care, training necessary in primary care practice

Oral health care, training necessary in primary care practice

There were 33.3 million underserved persons living in areas where there was a shortage of dental health professionals, according to the CDC.

Novel learning can benefit cognitive function in older adults

Novel learning can benefit cognitive function in older adults

People who remain active as they age improve cognitive skills in executive function, attention, behavior, and spatial relationships.

Improving migraine diagnosis and treatment

Improving migraine diagnosis and treatment

Taking a thorough headache history is key for timely migraine diagnosis.

Primary care bundle aims to reduce ED, hospital readmissions

Primary care bundle aims to reduce ED, hospital readmissions

Health 360 is designed to be applied by an interprofessional collaborative care team and facilitated by nurse practitioners.

Aging population at risk for new HIV infection

Aging population at risk for new HIV infection

Older Americans are more likely than younger Americans to be diagnosed with HIV infection later in the course of the disease.

Older insulins may be option for uninsured patients with diabetes

Older insulins may be option for uninsured patients with diabetes

Current insulin treatments and new agents to manage diabetes may be prohibitively expensive for patients without health insurance.

Diabetes telehealth initiative bridges care gaps in rural settings

Diabetes telehealth initiative bridges care gaps in rural settings

Strengthening patient-provider communication can improve diabetes outcomes.

How to vet mobile health apps for use in practice

How to vet mobile health apps for use in practice

Health care providers can use the acronym SPPACES to determine what apps are the best for their clinical practice.

Biologic therapy may be safe for hemodialysis patients with psoriasis

Biologic therapy may be safe for hemodialysis patients with psoriasis

Patient with psoriasis were unsuccessfully treated with conventional therapies before treatment with biologics.

In-office health clinic saves money, improves employee satisfaction

In-office health clinic saves money, improves employee satisfaction

A family health clinic implemented for employees of a orthopedic specialty practice offered solution to care barriers and reduced healthcare costs.

Grapefruit contraindicated with increasing numbers of drugs

Grapefruit contraindicated with increasing numbers of drugs

Take thorough dietary histories to be sure patients are not taking medications that adversely interact with the fruit.

Nurse-practitioner led preoperative care reduced surgery cancellation

Nurse-practitioner led preoperative care reduced surgery cancellation

Offering preoperative testing and evaluations in one convenient location can significantly reduce surgical cancellation rates.

Education needed to achieve more evidence-based vitamin D dosing

Education needed to achieve more evidence-based vitamin D dosing

A clinician education program resulted in significant increases in intent to change behaviors related to appropriate vitamin D prescribing.

Seven tips to be a more effective healthcare provider

Seven tips to be a more effective healthcare provider

Developing these characteristics will help clinicians become better providers and leaders.

Florida malpractice caps do not apply retroactively

Florida malpractice caps do not apply retroactively

In 2003, Florida created a state cap for malpractice suits, and this cap does not apply to retroactive cases.

Simple practice changes help improve glycemic control

Simple practice changes help improve glycemic control

Creating better long-term, sustained relationship between patients and providers improves patient satisfaction and adherence to treatment.

Why pursue a doctorate of nursing practice?

Why pursue a doctorate of nursing practice?

A doctorate of nursing practice degree provides leadership and research-based clinical practice experience.

Factors leading to frailty in elderly and its complications identified

Factors leading to frailty in elderly and its complications identified

NPs should be aware of signs that may be related to frailty when evaluating elderly patients.

Nurse practitioners leading health care 'democratization'

Nurse practitioners leading health care 'democratization'

Loretta Ford, EdD, RN, PNP, FAAN, FAANPP, pioneer of the nurse practitioner profession, calls on NPs to innovate, invest, and invent.

Using PEARLS to reduce unnecessary antibiotics

Using PEARLS to reduce unnecessary antibiotics

Educating nurse practitioners and patients on antibiotic resistance helps bring down the antibiotic overprescription rate.

Targeted PSA screening prevents overdiagnosis, overtreatment

Targeted PSA screening prevents overdiagnosis, overtreatment

More targeted efforts needed for prostate-specific antigen screening.

Magnesium helps prevent, manage asthma attacks

Magnesium helps prevent, manage asthma attacks

Daily oral supplements and a magnesium-rich diet is efficient in managing mild, moderate and severe asthma exacerbation.

Quitting smoking improved pressure sore healing in patients with spinal cord injuries

Quitting smoking improved pressure sore healing in patients with spinal cord injuries

Quitting smoking improved spinal cord injury quality of life.

Psoriasis not independent risk factor for heart disease

Psoriasis not independent risk factor for heart disease

Patients with psoriasis do not have an increased of major cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke.

Drug-resistant foodborne bacteria on the rise

Drug-resistant foodborne bacteria on the rise

In 2013, one-quarter of Campylobacter samples from infected people were resistant to quinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, the agency said.

Some women may not need regular bone mineral density tests

Some women may not need regular bone mineral density tests

It took nearly nine years for 3% of the older women without osteoporosis to sustain a spinal fracture or break a hip, wrist, or arm.

Parental age linked to increased autism risk

Parental age linked to increased autism risk

Greater odds in children of teenage mothers, older mothers, and parents with big age gap

Stimulant misuse may start earlier than expected

Stimulant misuse may start earlier than expected

Prescription diet pills were the most popular stimulant drug misused by females, while Adderall was the drug misused most often by males.

Many college students unaware of human papillomavirus risks

Many college students unaware of human papillomavirus risks

In survey, more than half didn't get vaccinated; many were unaware of risk

Gastritis tied to metformin-related gastrointestinal side effects in type 2 diabetes

Gastritis tied to metformin-related gastrointestinal side effects in type 2 diabetes

With metformin, mean score for gastrointestinal side effects higher for gastritis subjects over four weeks.

Anxiety, depression worsen gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms

Anxiety, depression worsen gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms

Increased levels of anxiety correlated with more severe retrosternal pain and burning among patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Work disability more common with arthritis

Work disability more common with arthritis

Patients with chronic arthritis were 15.8% more likely to have work disability.

Adalimumab clears psoriasis faster than traditional treatment

Adalimumab clears psoriasis faster than traditional treatment

Patients taking adalimumab saw quicker treatment of their psoriasis than those taking methotrexate.

Is breast cancer screening beneficial for women in their forties?

Is breast cancer screening beneficial for women in their forties?

Still, one panel member said that conclusion was far from unanimous.

Strict glycemic control may decrease cardiovascular events in diabetes patients

Strict glycemic control may decrease cardiovascular events in diabetes patients

The glycated hemoglobin in the intensive control group was 6.9%, on average. For those on standard care, the glycated hemoglobin average was 8.4%.

Melanoma rates among kids, young adults, on the rise

Melanoma rates among kids, young adults, on the rise

While women accounted for 57% of melanomas reported between 1973 and 1980, they comprised about 65% of all diagnoses by 2011.

Guidance needed to reduce acetaminophen-related medication errors in tots

Guidance needed to reduce acetaminophen-related medication errors in tots

The most commonly reported contributing factors were misreading the label, confusion regarding the units of measurement, and incorrect dosing information received from a health-care provider.

Nearly 3 in 10 Americans diagnosed with alcohol use disorder

Nearly 3 in 10 Americans diagnosed with alcohol use disorder

White and Native American men had the highest rates of lifetime drinking problems - 33% and 43%, respectively.

Clindamycin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole have similar success for skin infections

Clindamycin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole have similar success for skin infections


A study suggests that clindamycin and TMP-SMX are equally effective for treating uncomplicated skin infections in adults and children.

Statin discontinuation may increase quality of life in patients with life-limiting illness

Statin discontinuation may increase quality of life in patients with life-limiting illness

Patients with life-limiting illnesses often take statins, and discontinuing these can increase quality of life.

Folic acid, enalapril associated with decreased risk of stroke in hypertension

Folic acid, enalapril associated with decreased risk of stroke in hypertension

Chinese adults with hypertension who added folic acid to enalapril saw a small but significant stroke risk decrease.

Adjunctive corticosteroids may improve outcomes in community-acquired pneumonia

Adjunctive corticosteroids may improve outcomes in community-acquired pneumonia


Adults hospitalized with pneumonia benefit from the addition of corticosteroids to antibiotic treatment.

Empowering nurse practitioners will help Veterans Health Administration

Empowering nurse practitioners will help Veterans Health Administration

The Frontlines for Lifelines Act, S 297, would allow more than 4,000 nurse practitioners practicing in Veteran Affairs facilities full-practice authority.

Physician-lawmaker is subject of second high-profile malpractice suit

Physician-lawmaker is subject of second high-profile malpractice suit

Physicians with a high profile are more likely to garner a lot of attention if they are sued for malpractice.

Primary care must become 'one-stop shop' for health needs

Primary care must become 'one-stop shop' for health needs

Practitioners must innovate to ensure primary care practices stay relevant as alternative health settings emerge.

Addressing weight measurement disparities in black youth

Addressing weight measurement disparities in black youth

Black youth experience higher rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases compared with white youth.

Seizure Smart Initiative improves school-based epilepsy management

Seizure Smart Initiative improves school-based epilepsy management

School nurses play vital roles in increasing seizure awareness educators and care managers.

NPs important leaders for evidence-based practice, improving patient outcomes

NPs important leaders for evidence-based practice, improving patient outcomes

Practice improvement projects not only benefit the bottom line, they contribute to employee satisfaction and staff retainment.

Addressing added sugar in kids' diets

Addressing added sugar in kids' diets

Educating parents on the importance of healthy diet, and how to read nutrition labels, can help reduce the high intake of added sugars in kids' diets.

Possible link between male sex hormones, psoriasis severity

Possible link between male sex hormones, psoriasis severity

Male patients with psoriasis have higher levels of estradiol and lower levels of testosterone compared with controls.

Provider intervention may not ease maternal caution to vaccines

Provider intervention may not ease maternal caution to vaccines

Vaccine adherence didn't increase with a provider-targeted intervention; personal medical and belief exemption rates tended to overlap in California.

Asthma clinic improves triage from emergency department to primary care

Asthma clinic improves triage from emergency department to primary care

An express clinic implemented in the ED can help bridge the gap to primary care after acute asthma exacerbations.

Addressing bullying in primary care

Addressing bullying in primary care

Primary care clinicians should look for signs of mental illness in their adolescent patients, especially among those who are bullied.

Pediatric acute kidney injury intervention improves patient follow-up rates

Pediatric acute kidney injury intervention improves patient follow-up rates

The follow-up pathway utilizes trigger reports, tracking spreadsheets, and educational materials to improve patient satisfaction.

Prioritize HPV, meningitis, Tdap and MMR vaccines in 2015

Prioritize HPV, meningitis, Tdap and MMR vaccines in 2015

New HPV and meningitis B vaccines offer better protection for adolescents.

Advocacy key in advancing nurse practitioner practice authority

Advocacy key in advancing nurse practitioner practice authority

New and experienced nurse practitioners alike have opportunities to advocate for better policies at the federal, state, and federal level.

Demand for nurse practitioners growing in pediatric acute-care settings

Demand for nurse practitioners growing in pediatric acute-care settings

More efforts are needed to develop leadership and infrastructure to support acute-care nurse practitioners.

Nurse practitioners important health, wellness role models

Nurse practitioners important health, wellness role models

Evidence-based interventions needed to create wellness cultures and encourage healthy behavior change in NPs.

Peanut allergy underdiagnosed in kids with asthma

Peanut allergy underdiagnosed in kids with asthma

Similarities in symptom presentation makes it easy to miss peanut allergies in children with asthma.

Connecticut passes cytomegalovirus screening law for newborns

Connecticut passes cytomegalovirus screening law for newborns

Congenital cytomegalovirus is the leading cause of mental retardation and disability in children.