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April 2015 Cartoons

The Clinical Advisor aims to provide a smile or chuckle to help you through the long hours you spend practicing medicine. Now you can see our cartoons online, too.

March 2015 Cartoons

The Clinical Advisor aims to provide a smile or chuckle to help you through the long hours you spend practicing medicine. Now you can see our cartoons online, too.

The Affordable Care Act 5 years later

Nearly 600 nurse practitioners and physician assistants responded to The Clinical Advisor’s Affordable Care Act survey between December 2014 and February 2015 by answering questions about how their opinion on health reform has changed since it was signed into law in March 2010. Overall, public opinion of the law seems to have worsened over time…

The Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker app uses prompt self-monitoring of behavioral outcome to encourage healthy habits. Every day, users can log their foods and the app will provide calorie counts. The app generates charts that let users see their progress over time as they work toward their customizable goals.The app is free for both Apple and Android devices.

10 fitness apps to encourage physical activity

Fitness applications (apps) for smartphones have enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years. A recent study, “Implementationof Behavior Change Techniques in Mobile Applicationsfor Physical Activity” from David E. Conroy, PhD, and colleagues identified behavior other change techniques in the 100 most popular fitness apps. This slideshow breaks down the different techniques used in 10 of those…

February 2015 Cartoons

The Clinical Advisor aims to provide a smile or chuckle to help you through the long hours you spend practicing medicine. Now you can see our cartoons online, too.

January 2015 Cartoons

The Clinical Advisor aims to provide a smile or chuckle to help you through the long hours you spend practicing medicine. Now you can see our cartoons online, too.

Suggest that patients have a healthy snack before big meals to help curb their appetites and avoid overeating. They can also talk to the host to find out what food will be served, allowing them time to figure out how to fit the foods into their current meal plans.

Top 12 ways to manage diabetes during the holidays

The holidays should be an enjoyable time of year, but all of the food, parties and traveling can make it more difficult for patients to manage their diabetes. Providing your patients with management strategies can help them enjoy their holidays while still keeping their diabetes in check.

To improve stroke outcomes, a few hospitals in Germany and the United States are now using mobile stroke treatment units. Each unit, housed in an ambulance-type vehicle, has an onboard paramedic, critical care nurse, EMT, and CT technologist. A portable CT scanner takes brain images in 2 minutes, which are then sent via wireless link to hospital neurologists and neuroradiologists for diagnosis. Doctors then prescribe and direct treatment via a video connection.Mobile stroke treatment units can treat strokes in as little as 11 minutes after arrival. Because the timing of stroke treatment is so crucial, these new units are giving patients the chance for a full recovery that they may not have had with traditional emergency care.

Top 10 medical innovations of 2014

The Cleveland Clinic has selected the top 10 medical innovations that they predict will have the biggest impact on improving patient care in 2015. The selections include more effective medications, new vaccines, and novel devices that improve upon existing treatment options. View the slideshow to learn more about each of the 10 innovations.

A provider should reinforce the belief that the patient is sick, but also offer alternative treatments as well as provide education relating to the over-prescribing of antibiotics. Use the term “cold” instead of “infection”.

Resolving patient misconceptions about vaccines, antibiotics

HealthDay News — In order to practice evidence-based medicine and satisfy patients, patient misconceptions should be addressed, a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA) indicates. To address common misconceptions and offer solutions that result in good medical care and satisfied patients, the AMA Medical Student Section Committee on Scientific Issues presented common situations…

December 2014 Cartoons

The Clinical Advisor aims to provide a smile or chuckle to help you through the long hours you spend practicing medicine. Now you can see our cartoons online, too.

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