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When cooking meat, there’s always a risk of bacterial infection. The CDC recommends that all turkeys be completed thawed and cooked at a minimum of 325 degrees Farenheit. It is suggested that stuffing be cooked outside of the turkey to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Top 7 reasons for Thanksgiving Day emergency-department visits

Thanksgiving means all the turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce you can eat, but it can also mean a cornucopia of reasons to visit the emergency department (ED). The Clinical Advisor scoured the depths of the internet to see what expert clinicians from across the country had to say about Turkey Day-related ED visits. Compiled by…

November 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.

2014 Social Media Survey

Do you suffer from fear of missing out — also known as FOMO — wondering if other healthcare providers are getting more out of social media websites than you? Could you get a better job if you networked on LinkedIn? Attract more patients by promoting your practice on Facebook? Be the first person to know…

Consider epidemiologic risk factors such as contact with blood or other body fluids or human remains of a patient known to have or suspected to have EVD or direct handling of bats or non-human primates from disease-endemic areas.

When to suspect Ebola

Updated 10/6/14. Information courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compiled by Brianne Aiken, Hannah Dellabella, and Nicole Blazek.

The 2014 Ebola Outbreak Involves the Ebola-Zaire Strain. Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is a type of Filoviridae, an RNA virus, first discovered in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Africa. There are four strains of the severe, often-fatal disease – Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan, Ebola-Ivory Coast, and Ebola-Reston.

How to recognize Ebola symptoms

Updated 10/6/14. Information courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compiled by Brianne Aiken, Hannah Dellabella, and Nicole Blazek.

The warm-up is a very important step in exercising to help prevent injury. All patients need is a 5-minute walk.

Strength training tips for older patients

As people age, everyday activities may not be as easy as they used to be — carrying groceries, walking through the park, stairs, etc. Strength training can help make these tasks easier and is also associated with preventing diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and back and hip pain. Additionally, strength training can help increase strength and…

There are a variety of classes, programs and exercises to help patients diagnosed with arthritis. The following tips from the CDC can help patients self-manage their pain, minimize joint damage and improve/maintain function and quality of life.

Helping patients manage arthritis

A reported 1 in 5 Americans adults have been diagnosed with arthritis, according to the CDC. The term arthritis describes more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint and other connective tissue. Advise patients with arthritis to aid in their own recovery with these tips. Read more…

A 55-year-old Woman with Breast Cancer and Shortness of Breath

Chief Complaint J.W. is a 55-year-old woman recently admitted to the hospital for worsening shortness of breath (Slide 1). Relevant Medical History • Stage 4 estrogen receptor/progesterone receptor–positive breast cancer. Current Treatment Regimen • Nab-paclitaxel 100 mg/m2 on day 1, 8, and 15, repeated every 28 days. and denosumab every 28 days for her bone…

Foodborne bacteria multiply rapidly between 40 and 140 °F. Although frozen turkey is safe indefinitely, any bacteria that may have been present before freezing can begin to grow again as soon as it begins to thaw. There are three safe ways to thaw food: the refrigerator, cold water and a microwave oven.

Cooking Safely on Thanksgiving

Did you know outbreaks of one of the most common cause of bacterial food poisoning, Clostridium perfringens, coincide with the holidays? Cases of C. perfringens occur most frequently in November and December. Recommend these food safety tips from the CDC to assure your patients enjoy their holidays without incident.

National Library of Medicine makes Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System (MEDLARS) operational. Image courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.

Notable Electronic Health Record Milestones

Since 2008, electronic health record adoption has increased 41% — an rise attributable to a mandate from the U.S. government and paid incentives to doctors’ offices and health care provider networks to make investments in the technology. Although there’s still a long road ahead in terms of achieving meaningful use incentives, this slideshow explores the…

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