July 2014

Internists Differ from Cardiologists on Antiarrhythmic Strategies for Atrial Fibrillation

July 29, 2014


When managing patients with atrial fibrillation, internists use antiarrthymic strategies that significantly differ from those utilized by cardiologists, though both types of physicians similarly diverge from treatment guidelines.

Metformin Inappropriately Prescribed to Older Diabetics with Chronic Kidney Disease

July 28, 2014


Clinicians must anticipate changes in kidney function during acute illness and surgical procedures, as well as frequently reassess metformin use in older patients, since kidney function declines predictably with age.

From Ancient Principles to Modern Medicine: A Q&A with Heinrich von Staden, PhD

July 27, 2014

Quick Consult

Heinrich von Staden, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Classics and History of Science in the School of Historic Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study and one of the world's foremost authorities on ancient science and medicine, describes how ancient medical concepts apply to modern practice.

Ultrasound Guides Tailored Treatment for Common Shoulder Disorders

July 26, 2014


Although the true prevalence of shoulder disorders in general practice remains unknown, an analysis of ultrasound imaging reports offers physicians some insight into the underlying causes of shoulder pain.

Steps for Primary Care Providers to Improve Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain

July 24, 2014

Pain Management

One of the most common treatment courses for chronic pain is comprised of prescription opioid medications. However, concerns about drug addiction and abuse oftentimes outweigh the drugs' pain-relieving benefits.

Steps to Minimize Serious Risks of Biologic Treatment for Autoimmune Disease

July 19, 2014


Although tumor necrosis factor inhibitors have dramatically improved management strategies for autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, the biologic agents also pose a number of significant side effects that physicians must consider.

Recommendations to Improve Liver Health in Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C Patients

July 11, 2014

Infectious Disease

Although it is widely understood that hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are the leading causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, an alarming number of HBV and HCV carriers have unhealthy habits that result in poor liver health.

Applying Ancient Medical Concepts to Modern Practice

July 11, 2014

Editor's Letter

"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease." While this statement attributed to Voltaire is less true today than it was in the philosopher's time, there is still a familiar ring to it.