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Symptom Management for Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is one of the most difficult sleep disorders to manage.

Mistaking Legal Recourse for Evidence-Based Medical Practices in Surrogacy

Paying a surrogate to carry a fetus shoehorns a fourth, and fifth, party into the already tight therapeutic triangle formed by the biological mom, fetus, and physician.

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder: A Clinical Challenge

REM sleep behavior disorder is commonly seen in older men, and symptoms include violent muscle movements or fighting during the night.

Assessing the Risks of Using Alcohol as a Sleep Aid

Discussing alcohol use with patients is important as alcohol consumption before bedtime is shown to negatively affect patient sleeping patterns.

Might Coffee Be Causing Your Poor Sleep?

Although the beneficial effects of drinking coffee include increased mental alertness, stamina, muscle recovery, and wakefulness, unwanted effects can include restlessness, palpitations, hypertension, insomnia, tremors, and increased urine output.

So You Want to Be a Physician-Blogger: What It's Really Like to Write About Medicine Online

Blogging has become a powerful tool for physicians to share their expertise, build better relationships with their patients, and make connections online.

Food Talk is Good Medicine

Some of the most memorable moments in medical practice are the times when a patient and clinician can chit-chat like friends.

The CVS/Aetna merger and the future of primary care

Both CVS and Aetna care deeply about the prices of pharmaceuticals, but they are hoping to maximize company profits, not consumer savings.

It's going to be a bad day: How to care for a non-compliant patient

NP's take the time to listen and understand what the patient wants or is thinking, even if that means performing multimodal therapy.

Managing pain in primary care

A FNP reflects on his experiences working with pain management patients prescribed opioids.

The ACA: Clinicians weigh in on whether to repeal or preserve

Three health care clinicians discuss the advantages and disadvantages of repealing the Affordable Care Act and how the change would impact their practice.

Lifestyle modifications vs pharmacologic treatment for patients with diabetes

Applying necessary lifestyle changes as well as incorporating pharmaceutical drugs will improve diabetes in patients compared to drugs alone.

What is the future of health care under President Trump?

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could endanger the health of tens of millions of Americans.

Tip for treating minor lacerations

Treating lacerations properly requires benzoin, Steri-Strips, and a Dermabond to cover.

Converting pounds to kilograms

Converting pounds to kilograms in your head is easier than you think.

Collaborating on interventional pain management in primary care

Interventional pain specialists can work together with primary care providers to provide the best care for patients managing chronic pain.

ICD-10 codes may improve asthma care

The new ICD-10 coding system may seem inappropriate for some disease models, but asthma care may benefit from the required changes.

Star power in medicine

Encourage patients to determine the validity of outside sources for medical advice.

Helping patients get enough sleep

Teaching patients to practice good sleep hygiene can help them get the correct amount of sleep.

Should we amend our bias against overweight patients?

Clinicians should re-examine their bias against obese and overweight patients.

Lyme disease: can 10 minutes make a difference?

Educating patients about Lyme disease can help avoid unnecessary appointments and testing.

Discuss advanced care planning with patients

Primary care providers and physicians should address advanced care planning with their patients.

When is a freckle just a freckle?

Health care professionals, like patients, can often jump to the worst conclusions when making a diagnosis.

As the NP profession turns 50, 
full practice authority is a priority

Nurse practitioners continue to fight for full practice authority in all 50 states.

How much sleep do we really need?

Although an average of 8 hours is recommended, people may need to sleep more or less than that.

Physician assistants are the answer 
to growing U.S. health needs

Physician assistants can help fulfill this demand as the need for health care grows.

Communicating vaccine safety to parents

Clinicians should inform parents about the safety of vaccines to encourage them to vaccinate their children.

Providing health care as a parent

Becoming a parent can provide a new perspective for health care providers working in pediatrics.

Tips for reducing needlestick pain in children

Primary-care providers should try to ease pediatric patients' anxiety about needles by preparing them for what to expect.

January and you still have head lice!

Head lice cases peak in September and January in schools, and treatment can be difficult.

The upside of working on holidays

Take a minute to appreciate the many health care providers who care for patients with a smile during the holidays.

Don't fumble the patient hand-off

Although technology might have weakened the idea that verbal patient hand-offs are important, such exchanges remain key to patient care.

Be careful of sleepy drivers

Patients who may be impaired by their medications or sleep disorders have a higher risk of fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Try these five tips for avoiding burnout

Prevention of burnout is the key to avoiding its harmful consequences.

End-of-life talks in primary care

Health practitioners need to be prepared, and help prepare patients for end-of-life discussions.

How to just say 'no' to a patient

Paying attention to patients' instincts is important, but clinicians should be aware appropriate ways to say "No" to a demanding patient.

Retail medicine: A final sale?

On the surface, the emergence of so-called "retail medicine" fills a niche. In reality, the concept may be more controversial.

Brush up on oral-health screening

Dental care is often cited among the greatest unmet health need of children. Primary care providers can help solve this problem.

Desperation leads patients online for Rx meds

Clinicians must carefully question our patients about the source of their prescription drugs to make sure they are obtaining these products from legitimate sources.

Are we really ready to innovate?

It seems everyone wants a solution to the primary-care doctor shortage, but few are really ­interested in significant change when it affects them.

Is there a place for social media in medicine?

Understand the pros and cons of social media before establishing accounts for your practice with these useful tips.

Social media in medicine is here to stay

About 34% of consumers in a 2012 survey reported using social media to search for health information.

EHRs: It will get better!

One day health-care providers will wonder how we could have possibly ever gotten by without EHRs.

Pros and cons of home genetic testing

Is it a good thing or a bad thing when laypeople are able to order their own genetic profiles and interpret their own results?

Will physician assistants and nurse practitioners ever belong?

Despite the positive inroads and contributions that physician assistants and nurse practitioners have made over the past decades, we still face professional opposition.

Prescribing pain meds the right way

Just 8% of participants in a study assessing how primary care patients who are prescribed opioids are tracked underwent urine testing, only half made regular visits to their prescribers and 23% received more than one early opioid refill.

What to remember when job hunting

Employment opportunities are limited today for many people seeking work, yet health-care needs are on the rise and the demand for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to care for the country's baby-boomers is increasing.

Step up, speak out — for your own sake

Politics, laws, rules and regulations are the very core of what drives what clinicians can and can't do; it determines reimbursement and therefore your salary. To be blissfully unaware is lazy. To be aware and completely uninvolved is just shameful.

Elevated ALP and normocytic anemia

What is the significance of an isolated alkaline phosphatase (ALP) of 161 IU/L in the absence of gallbladder, pancreas or liver disease?

The 100-day cough: clinicians be(a)ware

Only 5.9% of eligible candidates receive the recommended pertussis booster vaccine, and the disease remains one of the leading causes of vaccine-preventable deaths worldwide.

Professionalism doesn't wear sweats

Is professionalism in medicine on the decline? A few months ago I saw a new patient who had transferred from another practice because the physician there wore sweatpants to the patient's last appointment.

Are we truly evidence-based providers?

Many clinicians misuse the term evidence-based medicine. Something needs to be done to prevent these words (and this concept) from becoming another medical cliché.

When a delusion is not a delusion

There has been a recent explosion in the diagnosis if delusions of parasitosis, in which patients mistakenly believe they have a skin infestation.

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