Influenza is an acute respiratory illness responsible for significant seasonal epidemics each year. Despite commonly being a self-limited illness, the virus causes significant morbidity and mortality. During the winter months, emergency physicians should maintain a high suspicion for influenza in patients presenting with an acute febrile respiratory illness.
More than half of Americans are using supplements or over-the-counter medications. Practitioners need to understand how their patients are using supplements and be able to provide accurate, factual advice on dietary supplements and homeopathic preparations. This article will evaluate each category for benefits and risks and provide details on how to research each product for available information. In addition, the article will assess various recommendations, including examples in weight loss, energy enhancement, and performance products.
The authors of a multicenter study suggest that composite neonatal outcome is worse when pregnancy is interrupted in uncomplicated pregnancies at 37 to 38 weeks, even with documented fetal lung maturity, compared to pregnancies delivered at full term (39 to 40 weeks).
Security concerns with healthcare technology often involve safeguarding protected health information, but there is a real threat to patient safety from hackers accessing the medical devices used in treating patients.