Inside the Practice: Inside Shared Decision-Making
Dr. Giulia I. Lane joins Inside the Practice to discuss the recent Urology Practice paper “Patient Reported Shared Decision Making in Urology from the Surgical Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Survey,” for which she served as first author.
Second Opinion: Liver Effects of CBD
Dr. Jeff Lombardo and Dr. Keith Aqua, both co-investigators of the Validcare study on observing potential liver effects in adults who are using a form of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) for a minimum of 60 days, join Second Opinion to highlight key insights, including what prompted the study, preliminary results, their meeting with the FDA, and what’s next.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into mRNA vaccines
Dr. Mehmet Sitki Copur joins Deep Dive to discuss the background, benefits, and current research regarding messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines and how they could impact the future of cancer care. The two approved mRNA vaccines for the prevention of COVID-19 present an opportunity to learn more about the potential applications of mRNA vaccines for cancer immunotherapy moving forward.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into 2020's Cancer Diagnosis Decline
Dr. Norman Sharpless, head of the National Cancer Institute, joins Deep Dive to discuss the 50% decline in U.S. cancer diagnoses in 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country. He also discusses what the abrupt decline might mean for future diagnoses and how that could affect treatment.
Behind the Science: Behind Health Care Cost and Coverage
With issues surrounding health care cost and coverage being further exacerbated amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent survey by Kaiser Family Foundation and the Purchaser Business Group on Health indicates that a majority of executive decision-makers at large employers would support greater government intervention to address these concerns.
Behind the Science: Behind Cardiometabolic and Diabetes Crossover in Ophthalmology
A panel of experts joins Behind the Science to discuss the rising prevalence of diabetes in the US population—one which is also aging toward greater diabetes-driven vision impairment risks including diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema—has physicians wondering why there’s not more collaboration between ophthalmology and diabetes specialists who are often treating the same patients.
Second Opinion: EPISTOP's Impact on Clinical Care
Dr. Eric Segal and Dr. Jurriaan Peters discuss the recently published EPISTOP trial in tuberous sclerosis complex, including its strengths and weaknesses, its implications for clinical practice, and how they approach patient management for this rare epilepsy.
After Hours: Cooking Oncologist
Dr. Inga Lennes joins After Hours to talk about her love of cooking and healthy eating. Dr. Lennes posts her dishes on her Instagram @IngaKitchen. She says cooking offers her an opportunity to shift gears after a long day at work as well as provide nourishing food for her family, making this a hobby that’s easy to stick to. She also shared some words of wisdom about staying on track with healthy eating and having motivation to cook meals on a busy schedule.
Inside the Practice: Inside the Brain Tumor Center at Siteman
Dr. Albert H. Kim joins Inside the Practice to discuss the Brain Tumor Center at Siteman Cancer Center. The center will bring together multidisciplinary specialists in neurosurgery, medicine, radiation oncology, pathology, immunology, otolaryngology, and endocrinology to conduct cutting-edge research.
Behind the Science: Behind Oncology Struggles
Oncologists and other cancer health care providers join Behind the Science to discuss the greatest challenges they face in their day-to-day work. From losing patients to the difficulty of translating data from bench to bedside, they touch on a range of topics.
Inside the Practice: Inside Maximizing Office Relationships
The importance of a good relationship between dentists and their office managers and the impact this relationship can have on a practice’s success, not just from a financial aspect but also in terms of patient care and employee morale. Two leaders in the field of office management, Heather Colicchio & Lorie Streeter, offer advice and experiences from several dental practices, and they share some ways to maximize this relationship.
Behind the Science: Behind WesternU's Vaccination Clinic
Dr. White and Dr. Kotha go over the ins and outs of the WesternU Vaccination Clinic, specifically the adjustments from when the clinic first opened, the science behind vaccination storage and administration, and the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Inside the Practice: Inside Heal Veterinary Clinic's Green Initiative
Jamie Leef, co-owner and general manager of Heal Veterinary Clinic, discusses the solar electric system recently installed at Heal Veterinary Clinic among other measures the hospital has taken to go green. Leef touches on this plus how the new addition has benefited his practice, how clients have responded to the solar panels, and his advice for other clinics considering going green.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Biosynthesized Psychedelic Drugs
Dennis O'Neill discusses the treatment potential for biosynthesized psychedelic drugs for anxiety, depression, alcoholism, and terminal illness, and how BioMediCan is changing the game by sustainably and reliably synthesizing higher-quality psychedelics in large volumes.
Behind the Science: Behind Science & Research in MS
A panel of specialists in multiple sclerosis for their thoughts on the current state of science and research in MS in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic after attending the 2021 ACTRIMS Forum, the first MS-centric society meeting of the year.
Inside the Practice: Inside Complex Drug Approaches at Children’s Hospital Colorado
Dr. Julie Parsons of Children’s Hospital Colorado discusses the unique approach that the hospital takes to managing patients with neuromuscular disease from a comprehensive standpoint, particularly highlighting their Complex Drugs Program.
Inside the Practice: Inside Aducanumab: Key Insights for Pharmacies
David Steinberg will be reviewing the significance of this treatment and the socio-clinical benefit of aducanumab, but will focus on the drawbacks of the drug, including indecisive clinical data and key cost considerations for pharmacists and patients.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Social Media for Practices
Peter Carlos and assistant Jaycee Leonardo discuss social media and the effects social media can have on practices. After gaining 1.7 million followers on TikTok, they use what they have learned through their own personal experiences with their social media to help practices grow on social media.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Academia's Evolving Use of Twitter
Laura Bukavina, MD, MPH, and Justin Dubin, MD, discuss how findings of a recent peer-reviewed study point to a rise in academic urology programs’ engagement on Twitter for marketing purposes. They also discuss their own usage of social media and share advice for medical professionals using social media.
Inside the Practice: Inside a Next Generation Dialysis Device
Dr. Brandon Repko talks about how the WavelinQ EndoAVF system gives physicians a minimally invasive option for creating an AV fistula for patients who need hemodialysis to survive. Repko is part of a postmarket study called CONNECT-AV following patients treated with the device for an additional 24 months.
Second Opinion: CheckMate 9-ER Carcinoma Conversations
Upon its publication in the New England Journal of Medicine, the phase 3 CheckMate-9ER trial garnered significant attention across social media. Study authors Toni K. Choueiri, MD, and Robert J. Motzer, MD, discussed the significance of the trial and shed light on ongoing research in advanced RCC.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Women's Health
Laura E. Riley, MD. Riley is chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine and Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She specializes in obstetric infectious disease and is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) COVID-19 Task Force.
Behind the Science: Behind Chronic Cough
Chronic cough is any cough that lasts more than 8 weeks. For some patients there is an underlying cause that can be treated, but for others, it does not resolve with treatment. These patients can spend months, sometimes years, visiting multiple doctors and specialists before they are diagnosed with a refractory chronic cough and provided the tools to help manage their cough.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Paycheck Protection Program
Gale Simons-Poole updates us on the Paycheck Protection Program and what small business owners—including dentists and clinicians—need to know about loan forgiveness. Topics include the basics of PPP loan forgiveness, what borrowers need to qualify, common misconceptions about PPP forgiveness, and some of the most common mistakes that borrowers make when applying for PPP loan forgiveness.
Behind the Science: Behind Managing Patient Pain
Oncologists’ understanding of a patient’s pain, as well as how to respond to it, have changed over time with new research and technology. This week, CURE is sharing the best methods health care providers use to understand and manage their patients’ pain levels. They explore various topics, from the concern of the opioid epidemic to medical marijuana.
Second Opinion: When the Doctor Becomes the Patient
In this video, urologists and long-time friends Steven Wahle, MD, and Henry Rosevear, MD, compare their experiences of the health care system from the patient point of view, discuss different urology practice types, and give their thoughts on recent coding changes.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Health Economics and Outcomes Research
As disparities in health care coverage and access have become spotlighted amid the COVID-19 pandemic, health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) may play a significant role in addressing gaps present in disadvantaged communities and the health care system. Dr. Amy Abernethy speaks on recent innovations within HEOR, how the FDA used data in their response to the pandemic, and the current state of the agency amid an ongoing search for a new FDA Commissioner.
Second Opinion: The Physician-Patient Relationship
Dr. Jessica Ailani and Dr. Rashmi Halker-Singh discuss a number of challenges physicians face in their day-to-day professional lives, including the situation in which patient decides that they want to switch their treating doctor, how to deal with getting a negative review from a patient, and the importance of having a support community in your professional life.
Inside the Practice: Inside Chronic Cough
There are a number of clinical trials going on to test treatments for chronic cough, but they have a big challenge: these trials all have a large placebo effect. This large placebo effect puts trials at risk of being unblinded, making it difficult to actually understand the pharmacological efficacy of the treatments being studied.
Inside the Practice: Inside New Drugs for Viral Infections
Michael Samsonov discusses the repositioning of existing drugs for newly emerged viral infections with a focus on olokizumab. We delve into the importance of repositioning existing drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic, the real-world evidence tools his team is utilizing, and future research he is planning on doing in the future to address this opportunity.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Children and COVID-19
Pharmacy Times interviewed Jay Lieberman, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and senior medical director of PRA Health Sciences to discuss the future of COVID-19 disease and vaccines for adolescents and children, specifically in light of his perspective on the enrollment of his twin daughters in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Myopia, Children and COVID-19
Dr. Rupa Wong, Rupa Wong, MD, an ophthalmologist practicing at Honolulu Eye Clinic, weighs in on myopia in children, discusses how the pandemic impacted eye health in children, and best practices to maintain optimal eye health as children get ready for the new school year.
Inside the Practice: Inside Mismatched Unrelated Donor Transplantation
Dr. Jeffery Auletta discusses recently published research regarding mismatched unrelated donors stem cell transplant in patients with acute leukemias and myelodysplastic syndrome. The findings indicates that HLA-matched unrelated donors may offer better outcomes for patient’s vs half-matched related donors.
Behind the Science: Behind Interchangeability Designations for Biosimilars
Interchangeability designations are regulatory labels assigned to certain FDA-approved biosimilars that allow for the product to be substituted for a reference product at the pharmacy level. The idea behind them is that pharmacists can provide patients with biosimilars instead of reference products without seeking approval from a physician, thus making biosimilars more easily accessible to patients, similarly to how generic drugs are. These experts give their opinions on whether they feel that these designations are meaningful and necessary and why.
Inside the Practice: Inside Tooney’s Last Resort
Dr. Laurel Himes describes the animal sanctuary located at Beach Animal Hospital—Tooney’s Last Resort. She touches upon how it was founded, juggling between being a practice manager and helping run this philanthropy, plus she shares details of the unique pets that have stayed at the animal sanctuary.
Behind the Science: Behind Comprehensive Epilepsy Care
A trio of epilepsy experts from NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, including Blanca Vazquez, MD; Katherine S. Inoyama, MD; and Daniel Friedman, MD, discuss their current roles and the work that they’re involved in at the center, as well as detailed what separates NYU’s approach to providing this level of care to individuals with epilepsy from other institutions.
Inside the Practice: Inside Raleigh Radiology
At Raleigh Radiology in North Carolina, they have implemented an accreditation program that is training lay persons to be patient navigators – individuals who will help newly diagnosed patients traverse the complicated path of breast cancer treatment. Here, Dr. Laura Thomas, head of breast interventional radiology program, and patient navigator Miagy Alvarez share what the goal of the program is and how it works.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Hematology-Oncology
Martin S. Tallman, MD, a Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Chief of the Leukemia Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses his role as President of the American Society of Hematology, as well as developments and challenges facing the hematologic oncology field.
Inside the Practice: Inside Pediatric Nursing
Donna Hallas, clinical professor at New York University Meyers College of Nursing, discusses how her pediatric nursing students dealt with being deployed into adult units when COVID first hit; and how she coached parents to incorporate more play time with their children to alleviate the stress and anxiety of the pandemic.
Behind the Science: Behind Possibilities for an HIV/AIDS Vaccine
With 2021 marking the 40th anniversary of the first cases of HIV/AIDS, The American Journal of Managed Care® spoke with several experts on the possibility of a vaccine in our lifetime, as well as what criteria such a vaccine must satisfy. Can it both prevent new infection and reduce current viral load? The speed at which vaccines against COVID-19 were developed has only served to highlight the lack of one in the HIV/AIDS space.
Inside the Practice: Inside EyeLib
Dr. Michael Assouline joins to discuss new technology for screening for and diagnosing ophthalmic conditions. EyeLib is described as an AI-device that “allows for rapid fully automated advanced and comprehensive ophthalmological diagnoses and consequent referrals to the appropriate specialists.” Essentially, the idea is that all the medical devices used at the beginning of a check-up are combined into one streamlined machine.
Behind the Science: Behind Music in the OR
In many workplaces, you’ll find employees listening to music as they go about their jobs, and surgeons, it seems, are no exception to this. For this episode of “Behind the Science,” we spoke to 5 urologists who discuss their music preferences when working in the OR.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Post-Stroke Management
Dr. Mitchell Elkind, the sitting president of the American Heart Association, offers insight into the organization’s recently released scientific statement calling for improved comprehensive post-stroke management, with a particular focus on the crucial role primary care providers can play. Elkind additionally spoke to how this guidance ties into the recent updated secondary prevention guidelines issued in June 2021, and how the a holistic approach to stroke care is vital to good outcomes for patients.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Competing Type 2 Diabetes Treatments
Dr. John Buse discusses treatment of type 2 diabetes on the long-awaited results of a first-of-its-kind study that compared 4 common drugs for type 2 diabetes against each other to evaluate efficacy and safety as an add-on, second-line treatment to control hyperglycemia.
Behind the Science: Oncology Lessons from the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic changed so many things about our daily lives, including how medicine in practiced, and how patient care is administered. As we look forward, oncologists from Moffitt Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic discuss the lessons, services, and changes to practice that will endure in a post-COVID world for the oncology community.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Climate Change and Dermatology
Dr. Misha Rosenbach takes us on a deep dive into climate change and its effect on dermatology. From increases in vector-borne diseases to wildfires causing in uptick in atopic dermatitis, climate change affects more than just the environment, but also our health. Dr. Rosenbach explores not only the effects of climate change, but also provides insightful tips on how physicians can help.
Behind the Science: Behind the Most Exciting Area of Cardiology
In this segment, 5 leading cardiologists offer their perspective on what they see as the most exciting area in cardiology. In recent decades, cardiology is among the most exciting specialties in medicine. Practical Cardiology senior editor Patrick Campbell asks leading experts in cardiology with the simple question: What is the most exciting aspect of cardiology today?
Wellbeing Checkup: Maintaining Mental Hygiene
Mental wellness is of the utmost importance, especially for those in the healthcare and oncology fields. Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, a professor of medicine, and medical director, Georgia Cancer Center, discusses the importance of maintaining good mental hygiene, as well as the need for outlets and resources to discuss these topics for cancer care providers.
Behind the Science: Behind Patient Needs
With the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating emotional strain as well as time away from home for many in the medical field, how are health care professionals finding ways to give patients their best attention and efforts? Several doctors explain the methods in which they channel in on patients’ needs and alleviate stress and distractions, from time management to maintaining resilience and positivity despite the difficulties faced.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into COVID-19 Booster Shots
Dr. Carlos del Rio spoke on the FDA’s authorization of a booster COVID-19 vaccine dose for immunosuppressed patients this week, supported by data showing that immunocompromised patients including organ transplant recipients generally fare worse in COVID-19 vaccine response.
Behind the Science: Behind Pandemic-Related Trends
Keeping up with the latest pandemic-related trends can be a real challenge in today’s fast-paced healthcare space. In this segment, four medical experts will be discussing what they see as notable pharmacy and drug-related trends ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into the Fetal Life Protection Act
Ilana Cass, MD discusses New Hampshire’s recently enacted abortion ban, which prohibits abortions after 24 weeks gestation, even in cases like rape, incest and fatal fetal anomaly. The ban became law in June as part of the state’s 2-year budget plan, and includes criminal and civil penalties for health care providers who perform abortions after 24 weeks gestation.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into COVID-19 in Immunocompromised Populations
Dr. Daniel Streetman joins Deep Dive to discuss what ways the immunocompromised population has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. He talks about the risk of COVID-19 for immunocompromised people, how they respond to COVID-19 vaccines, what they can do to remain safe during the pandemic, booster doses of vaccines for immunocompromised people and if future variants are a concern for this population.
Behind the Science: Behind How Zoom Dysmorphia Has Affected Aesthetic Providers
In the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic, communication with outside individuals was scarce and oftentimes hard to facilitate. As people were spending more time looking at themselves while on Zoom, this gave rise to another issue -- Zoom dysmorphia. Over the course of the pandemic, more and more dermatologists and aesthetic providers were seeing an increase in patients wishing to change their appearance through both invasive and noninvasive cosmetic procedures. In this episode of Behind the Science, a group of aesthetic providers give their perspective on Zoom dysmorphia and how it has affected both their patients and their practice.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Race In Healthcare
Dr. Kulleni Gebreyes, director of the Health Equity Institute at Deloitte, joins Deep Dive to discuss race and healthcare inequities, the constructs of race in healthcare, how addressing inequities makes economic sense but also whether the goal of eliminating healthcare inequity is too aspirational, too lofty of a goal.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose Authorization
Dr. David Weber joins Deep Dive to discuss the logistics and reasoning behind the FDA's decision around COVID-19 vaccine booster dose authorization—both for severely immunocompromised patients as well as the general adult population. Dr. Weber gave insight into the pros and cons of the US pursuing COVID-19 vaccine booster doses at a time when just over half the population is fully vaccinated.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into In-Person Learning For Children With Autism & ADHD
Dr. Andrew Cutler discusses how pediatricians can best prepare their patients with ADHD and autism for both a return to in-classroom learning, and for those going to school for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inside the Practice: Inside COVID-19 Considerations for Immunocompromised Individuals
Dr. Daniel Streetman discusses COVID-related considerations for immunocompromised individuals and how these individuals are affected by other immunizations such as the flu vaccine. He will further be discussing what efforts pharmacists should take to encourage these patients to get vaccinated and the delta variant. He will discuss the profile of an immunocompromised patient and current findings.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into The Gum Disease and Mental Health Connection
A recent study documented a connection between patients with gingivitis and patients with clinical depression. Dr. Sam Low joins us to discuss the potential link between oral health and mental health, the oral systemic connection and why gum health should be promoted more by dentists, as well as by medical doctors.
Inside the Practice: Inside A Lipid Clinic’s Response to COVID-19
Dr. Guy Mintz, who serves as the co-director of the lipid center at the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital, looks back at how the lipid center has been impacted by the ongoing pandemic and how they have adapted to meet the needs of their patients.
Behind the Science: Behind Climate Change and Global Health Equity
What is a pharmacist’s role in addressing climate change and global health equity? In this series, pharmacy education professionals discuss the role of the pharmacist in addressing climate change and environmental factors, as well as what educational institutions can do to prepare their students for environmental stewardship.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Infection Preventionist Challenges
Infection preventionists hold a unique place in a hospital hierarchy. States do not mandate that hospitals have an infection preventionist on staff. They also don’t mandate that professionals who work as infection preventionists need to have certification as such. Lisa Waldowski talks about the challenges that infection preventionists face, challenges involving COVID, and also non-COVID-related challenges.
Inside the Practice: Inside New Breast Cancer Tech
For patients with breast cancer whose disease has spread to the axillary lymph nodes, the use of a new reflector device technology in the early neoadjuvant chemotherapy setting can help to more accurately pinpoint cancerous nodes for resection, and potentially improve outcomes. Leslie L. Montgomery, MD, and Tara M. Balija, MD, discuss the benefits of a novel reflector device in patients with breast cancer, its efficacy in identifying clipped axillary lymph nodes, and the potential future use of this device in other cancer types.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Telemedicine Experiences
The COVID-19 pandemic forced medical practices to rapidly change their in-person visits to virtual ones, but how do their patients feel about these new forms of health care? In a recent study, a survey-based assessment of varied telemedicine experiences was evaluated by a group of investigators led by Kara L. Watts, MD, who discusses their findings in this interview.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into New Tools for Geriatric Assessment in Cancer Care
Melissa Loh, BMedSci, MBBCh, BAO, discusses the challenges of utilizing geriatric assessment in oncology and steps that the ACCC guidelines can provide to institutions that want to incorporate geriatric assessment into practice.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Australian Wildfire Impact on Wildlife
On this episode of Deep Dive, Phil Tucak describes the devastating aftermath of the Australian wildfires and their impact on wildlife, plus other detailed information on the topic including wildlife care facilities that have been established, a recent mouse plague, and more.
Behind the Science: Behind the The Latest in C. Difficile Treatment
C. difficile treatments including first lines of therapies, treatment guidelines, and emerging treatments like fecal microbiota transplants or FMT are aiding clinicians and their patients and creating some optimism for everyone. There is, however, a lack of diagnostics and still concerns about prescribing patterns for antibiotics which can lead to this healthcare associated infection. Looking at C diff from a big picture perspective, here is what the medical community sees as positive trends and what challenges remain.
Inside the Practice: Inside Remote Disease Monitoring for Seniors
Dr. Alan Smith talks about 100Plus, a remote patient monitoring system that now includes an AI-powered health assistant called Ava, which is specifically designed for senior populations. The device can help monitor patients with chronic disease like diabetes and hypertension.
Behind the Science: Behind Future Cancer Research Changes
Despite years of advancements in the field of cancer research, oncologists agree there are many changes to be made to optimize patient experience and recovery. From reduced financial toxicity to increased clinical trial participation, oncologists shared their insights on what sort of changes they’d like to see for patients and research in the years to come.
Inside the Practice: Inside Transrectal vs Transperineal Biopsy
Urologist Matthew J. Allaway, MD, gives an overview of transrectal vs transperineal biopsies, discusses how his own cancer battle influenced his professional path, and how his PrecisionPoint system aids in the detection of prostate cancer.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Making Cell and Gene Therapy Practical
Josh Ludwig spoke with CancerNetwork about how ScaleReady, a joint venture between industry leaders launched in January, is equipped to make cell and gene therapy practical and viable. Ludwig touched on the partnership, as well the G-Rex platform, important processes for successful commercialization of cell and gene therapy, and what’s next for ScaleReady.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Improving Healthcare Quality
Stephanie Mercado, CEO and Executive Director of NAHQ (National Association for Healthcare Quality) discusses NAHQ’s mission to improve healthcare quality and what improvements, as well as shortcomings have been made. Mercado also shared what steps need to be taken in healthcare as a whole to continue improving the quality of care.
Inside the Practice: Inside Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative in Rural Clinics
Dr. Jennifer Weiss explains the research and goals behind a four-year endeavor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Carbone Cancer Center exploring ways to improve screening rates for colorectal cancer in rural clinics. She also provides background on the disease, which has seen a rapid increase in early onset cases for unknown reasons.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Better Implementing Cardiovascular Research
Christie Ballantyne, MD, Director of the Center for Cardiometabolic Disease Prevention at Baylor College of Medicine, discussed the possible issues his field sees in the rate of innovation and research relative to the process of regulation. Ballantyne also highlighted upcoming drug classes he has the most interest in for cardiovascular disease management, as well as his reasoning for why currently available agents are not being best utilized still.
Behind the Science: Behind Motivations for Neurologic Research
Three experts in the care of neurologic disease offer a look into the motivations behind some of their most recent explorations into the trends in this patient population, ranging from evaluations of disparities in care, smoking cessation rates among patients, and the risk factors for ischemic stroke.
Second Opinion: Updates in Breast Cancer Screening
The conversation focused on an article published in the journal ONCOLOGY titled, “Routine Breast Cancer Screening in Average-Risk Women Younger Than 50 Years: Current Paradigms Based on National Guidelines.” The two experts discussed the current paradigms for breast cancer screenings, risks and benefits of screening women between the ages of 40 and 49 years, different imaging techniques and the role each technique plays, as well as the future direction of breast cancer screening.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Positive Parenting
Next month, the American Academy of Pediatrics will be publishing Dr. Candice Jones' book, “High Five Discipline: Positive parenting for happy, healthy, well-behaved kids.” We took a deep dive into lessons that both pediatricians and parents can glean from this book, from the difference between positive and negative parenting, to how to handle those sometimes-tumultuous teenage years.
Inside the Practice: Inside Physician 360 and the Benefits of Telemedicine for Pharmacists
Dr. Angela Fusaro discusses Physician 360, a telemedicine program that connects patients to health care providers. Dr. Fusaro discusses how Physician 360 works and the mission and design behind the telemedicine program. She discusses how COVID shine light on the way small independent pharmacies are underutilized and overlooked. Additionally, she talks about how this varies/compares to going to the doctor for a test and the quality of patients’ lives in designing these kits and why translating clinical insight into marketable products so effective in today’s world.
Behind the Science: Behind Adjustments at Oncology Clinics
The editors at CancerNetwork® met with some thought leaders in the field of oncology to discuss their research and how these findings have the potential to impact the standard of care going forward. During some of these discussions, we checked in to see how the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to adjustments at oncology clinics and what new standard are likely here to stay as a result.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Reaching Eligible Patients for Sacubitril/Valsartan
In this segment, Dr. Muthiah Vaduganathan breaks down a recent study he led, which was published in JAMA Cardiology, examining the potential patient population and impact of optimal prescribing based on a label expansion from the FDA for Sacubitril/\Valsartan in February 2021.
Behind the Science: Behind New Drugs for Obesity
The epidemic of chronic obesity in the US is driving increases in a wide range of other dangerous and deadly chronic illnesses. Prevention and management of overweight and obesity are rightly the concern of primary care but there are myriad challenges for both patients and physicians to arresting or reversing the process of unhealthy weight gain. There now are several physiologic that act on the physiologic underpinnings of obesity and may significantly enhance the success of patients’ efforts at behavioral change (eg, diet and physical activity).
Second Opinion: Antibiotics in COVID-19 Patients
Dr. Matthew Weissenbach, and Dr. Steve Mok both from Wolters Kluwer Health discuss a recent Pew Charitable Trusts study looking at antibiotic use in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. They provide an overview of the data associated with the study, discuss the findings, and offer some insights looking at antibiotic usage in this patient population.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Infection Prevention
Doctor Kevin Kavanagh has been out in front of developments during the COVID pandemic, sometimes way out in front. He called for booster shots for older Americans weeks before the CDC did. He also foresaw, and wrote about, the dangers the delta variant presents before most other medical experts did. But what made this retired ear, nose and throat surgeon take such a deep dive into the world of infection prevention?
Inside the Practice: Inside Oncology-Related Urgent Care
An immediate care facility aimed at bridging the gap between cancer centers and emergency rooms is coming to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Charise Gleason, MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP, the advance practice provider chief at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, discusses why having a dedicated cancer urgent care center would improve patient care by making cancer treatment plans seamless while also helping patients avoid exposure to infectious diseases in emergency waiting rooms.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Forensic Psychiatry
James L. Knoll, IV, MD, gives an overview of his long career in forensic psychiatry, where he has worked with difficult and potentially dangerous patients. In this interview he discusses the relationship between psychiatric illnesses and criminal behavior, the challenges of treating patients in a correctional setting, and how to leave a stressful workplace behind at the end of the day.
Behind the Science: Behind Disparities in Health Care
Although disparities in health care were already well known and researched, the COVID-19 pandemic really highlighted the impact disparities have. At The American Journal of Managed Care’s Patient-Centered Oncology Care conference, speakers explained some actionable steps that can be taken to address disparities in the short term.
Behind the Science: Behind Collaboration Between Heart Disease & Diabetes Specialists
Experts attending and presenting at The Metabolic Institute of America (TMIOA) 5th Annual Heart in Diabetes meeting in New York, NY, this month. The question asked to our experts was: "What is still needed to improve the collaboration between heart disease and diabetes specialists?"
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Better Medical/Dental Collaboration
CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, in collaboration with Dental Data Exchange Project recently developed and published the first implementation guide to help bridge the communication gap between primary care and oral health care. This publication—the HL7® CDA® R2 Implementation Guide: Dental Data Exchange, Release 1, STU 1 - US Realm—is designed to facilitate care coordination and create best practices for electronic exchange of patient data between dental and medical professionals. We spoke with Sean Boynes, DMD, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health’s vice president of health improvement about what’s in the implementation guide and the impact they hope it will have on patient care, and cooperation between medical and dental care providers
Inside the Practice: Inside Jefferson University’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Dr. Michael Sperling gives us an inside look at the Jefferson University approach to epilepsy care, the institution’s firsthand use of novel interventions and methods, and their process for broaching the topic of epilepsy surgery with patients who are ideal candidates.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Infection Prevention at Nursing Homes
Heather Saunders, MPH, RN, CIC, is an infection preventionist and a member of ICT’s Editorial Advisory Board. She’s the Director of Infection Control for the Office of Population Health at Johns Hopkins University and she joins Deep Dive to talk about the many issues surrounding infection prevention at nursing homes.
Second Opinion: Remodeling or Building Veterinary Hospitals
On this episode of Second Opinion, Josh Herrman, AIA, DBIA, vice president of design at Hutton; Matt Byrum, AIA, LEED AP, architectural team lead at Hutton; and Jennifer Szambecki, MBA, CPM, marketing director at Hutton sat down with dvm360 to discuss design build—their preferred project method delivery when remodeling or building a veterinary hospital. They shared why they are in favor of design build, debunked common myths associated with it, plus provided more tips on ensuring a successful experience.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Treating Millennials With Multiple Sclerosis
Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams, a board-certified neurologist and MS specialist based in Atlanta, Georgia, offered her perspective on the unique aspects of care when it comes to treating millennial patients with multiple sclerosis. She spoke to their differences from older generations in understanding their disease and their desire to be involved in the decision-making process when it comes to disease-modifying therapies and care goals.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into CT - 50 Years of Healthcare Breakthroughs
Fifty years in - CT remains a cornerstone of medical imaging, aiding not only in diagnosis of disease or trauma, but also in helping to plan and guide therapeutic interventions as well as monitor their outcomes. Diagnostic Imaging spoke with Cynthia H. McCollough, PhD, to discuss how CT is currently utilized and highlighted the many ways we can optimize its use in different clinical scenarios, especially when taking into account the technology that allows us to personalize the experience for each patient.
Inside the Practice: Inside Hurricane Season Preparation
Sarah Jackson speaks on how her dermatology practice has to prepared for hurricanes such as Hurricane Ida. She describes how her past experiences influences her current preparedness protocol and the details of how she protects important business documents and treatments.
Behind the Science: Behind Using Halloween to Market Your Pharmacy
Lisa Faast, CEO of DiversityRx, offers her marketing expertise to discuss easy, actionable, and effective ways that pharmacies can leverage Halloween to boost visibility and engage customers. Jane Nicholson, owner of Mahaska Drug, discusses the impressive Halloween events that her community pharmacy is hosting this year. Joe Moose, owner of Moose Pharmacy, talks about how his staff get into the Halloween spirit and the importance of pharmacies engaging with their surrounding communities. Nancy Brace highlights the Halloween-themed events at Medicap Pharmacy and the uplifting feedback from patients.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Differences in Health Outcomes
As social determinants of health became further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, findings of ShareCare’s Community Well-Being Index highlighted the significant differences in health outcomes present in rural and urban areas. In the interview, Elizabeth Colyer, senior vice president of ShareCare, discusses these findings and further considerations for managing community well-being of affected communities.
Inside the Practice: Inside Teeth for Monsters
Not everyone who studies the techniques used in the dental industry goes on to have a career fixing people’s teeth. For make-up artist Matt Turull, learning the skills of a dental lab technician was a pathway to creating better teeth for his work doing make-up for movie and TV productions. He joins Dental Products Report editorial director Noah Levine to discuss the “theatrical dentistry” work he does using the materials and techniques of a dental lab to craft teeth that help actors and actresses embody their characters, whether they need a distinctive gap in an otherwise normal smile, or sharp fangs while playing an otherworldly monster.
Inside the Practice: Inside Changing Consumer Access Preferences
Dr. Erin Jospe is a board-certified physician and remains clinically active with 20+ years of experience. She earned her MD from The John Hopkins School of Medicine, and completed clinical training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jospe discusses how consumer access preferences have changed throughout the pandemic and what independent practices can respond to these changing demands.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into A Nurse Turned Medical Cannabis Patient
Many medical professionals still believe in the stigma of medical cannabis use. Oftentimes, a personal experience is the only thing that will ultimately change a person’s perspective on medical cannabis. Nique Pichette, MSN, RN, falls into this category. She was against cannabis until she had a recurrence of breast cancer and was left with little other treatment options. Now in remission, Nique believes in the benefits of medical cannabis for a variety of illnesses and helps educate the medical community. Our discussion talks about her personal journey, the way it impacted her nursing career, her current role as a nurse seeking higher education for medical cannabis, and more.
Behind the Science: Behind JAK Inhibitor Box Warnings
In this interview, we explore how the FDA box warning given to certain JAK inhibitors after study results on tofacitinib were released. We talked to multiple dermatologists about their thoughts on this warning. We wanted to know how this will affect the drug pipeline, and how dermatologists should explain the situation to their patients.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Palliative Care
Sumair Akhtar, chief clinical officer at Livio Health, and John Park, the company’s chief growth officer explore palliative care, the differences between palliative care and hospice, and some of the obstacles to providing palliative care to patients who need it.
Inside the Practice: Inside the VCS and NEXT Oncology Partnership
Dr. Anthony W. Tolcher, of NEXT Oncology and Texas Oncology, and Dr. Alexander I. Spira (SPY-RA), of the Virginia Cancer Specialist Research Institute and the Phase 1 Trial Program, join Inside the Practice to discuss a new partnership that will allow more patients to enroll to phase 1 trial. NEXT Oncology and the Phase 1 Trial Program of Virginia Cancer Specialists have come together to give patients who have tried multiple other lines of therapy another chance at successful cancer treatment. In the interview, Tolcher and Spira discuss what they hope will come out of this partnership and where they see potential moving forward.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose Regulation
Dr. William Schaffner chatted at the inflection point of COVID-19 vaccine booster dose regulation: the Vaccines and Related Biologic Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) had just given unanimous support to Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s booster dose applications, and the FDA was days away from revamping the eligibility and availability of those doses and the already emergency-authorized dose from Pfizer-BioNTech.
Behind the Science: Behind Research Focuses on Toxicity During ESMO 2021
During the 2021 European Society of Medical Oncology Congress, multiple presentations took a closer look at toxicity to answer clinical questions of whether certain drugs lead to a high occurrence of key adverse events and how oncologists can take some inevitable toxicities into consideration when deciding on treatment for their patients.
Second Opinion: Building Trust in Vaccines
Michael Hogue and Jacinda C. Abdul-Mutakabbir sat down to discuss the importance of trust when tackling the issue of vaccine hesitancy, especially among communities of color. During the discussion, Hogue and Abdul-Mutakabbir discussed how teams from Loma Linda University went door-to-door inviting patients to receive COVID-19 vaccines, demonstrating the importance of a personal connection. They also discussed how vaccine hesitancy could differ when it comes to booster vaccines.
Inside the Practice: Inside Pack4U
Shane Bishop, pharmacist and Pack4U founder, discusses how Pack4U has created a pharmacy network, making it easier for pharmacies to deliver medications and provide personalized care within their communities. He dives into the $500 billion dollar medication adherence issue that exists and discusses innovative patient-care models and the use of technology to improve adherence, patient health outcomes and quality measures.
Wellbeing Checkup: Informing Patients About Food Allergy Complications
Indicative of her selfless nature, Dr. Hernandez-Trujillo has personally dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic by remaining stalwart in her dedication to informing patients and caregivers about the complications of food allergy. Additionally, she has spent much time caring for her family which includes her two daughters, both of whom are affected by food allergies.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Better Practice-Patient Communication
Communication between health care providers and their patients are critical during patient appointments, but the communication outside of those appointments is just as critical both for the health of the patient and the success of the practice. We spoke with Serge Longin, co-founder and CEO of RevenueWell, a digital communications provider for dental practices, who shared insights on how to connect with patients in ways that meet the needs of both patients and practices, as well as the benefits of newer technologies that enable more flexible communications without sacrificing privacy or security.
Behind the Science: Behind Prioritizing Preventive Care Amid COVID-19
As the pandemic laid bare disparities in social determinants of health and health equity, employers have been tasked with reforming health policies that historically overlooked preventive care and public health services. A panel of experts from Midwest Business Group on Health and Huron addressed how these organizations can better integrate preventive services in their health and benefit strategies, as well as address other care needs that grew in prominence amid COVID-19.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Drug Development Through Pathway Approach
The COVID pandemic is driving interest in the importance of the immune system to human health, and platform technologies to preventing and treating disease. There are roughly 60 million patients in western society dealing with immune mediated diseases. Tackling drug development through a pathway approach opens the potential to treat multiple diseases with one therapy. New ongoing research by Janssen Immunology continues to validate their “pipeline in a pathway” model to treating immune mediated diseases in multiple therapeutic areas including psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and more.
Behind the Science: Behind Ketamine Therapy
Ketamine assisted therapies are an emergent treatment option for a number of mental health conditions, including major depression and addiction. However, regulations and best-practices are still uncertain, and the future of ketamine-based treatment is still unknown. In this series, pharmacists discuss their view of the current challenges facing ketamine therapy and speculate on the future of the practice.
Inside the Practice: Inside a Key Driver of Cancer Cell Development
Alan Tackett, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Deputy Director of Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, and Scharlau Family Endowed Chair for Cancer Research at UAMS College of Medicine, discusses research he led on a key driver of cancer cell development.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Respect for Infection Preventionists
Linda Spaulding RN-BC, CIC, CHEC, CHOP, is an infection preventionist and a consultant who helps hospitals and other health care systems (but mostly hospitals) solve their infection prevention problems. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, IPs were not only respected, they were the much-sought-after experts whom other health care professionals turned to when they had questions about how best to protect their patients and themselves from SARS-CoV-2. Flash forward some 20 months and IPs are once more being treated as the step-children in health care, says Spaulding.
Inside the Practice: Inside FAME - Improving Women’s Health in Rural Africa
On this episode, Nurse Barb joins Michael Krychman, MD, to discuss her involvement with FAME, the Foundation for African Medicine Education (FAME)—an organization devoted to advancing quality medical care and education in rural Tanzania. Dehn also discusses the Global Fellowship Program for ob/gyns she is spearheading for FAME, and ways any physician can get involved.
Behind the Science: Behind Recent Research in Pancreatic Cancer
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and a good time to reflect on recent advancements in the treatment of patients with these difficult to treat tumors. Since pancreatic tumors rarely produce symptoms at earlier stages of the disease, patients typically present with disease that is in advanced stages when it is most difficult to control. Additionally, options for systemic therapies are limited. The editors at CancerNetwork® met with some thought leaders specializing in the treatment of pancreatic cancer to discuss recent research that has the potential to significantly impact care and ongoing trials that clinicians should be aware of.
Inside the Practice: Inside Foulkeways Christmas Show
Thanks to the COVID-19 vaccines, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have become less of a threat to residents this year. That wasn’t the case in 2020, when nursing homes were the nexus of COVID-19. Nearly 20% of the approximately 750,000 Americans who’ve died in the COVID-19 pandemic have been nursing home residents. How do you bring holiday cheer to this most vulnerable population who not only had to fight off COVID-19, but also the isolation that came with it? Around Thanksgiving last year, Mary Knapp, director of health services at Foulkeways at Gwynedd, decided to start planning a Christmas show. A Christmas show not only for the residents, but performed by the residents.
Wellbeing Checkup: Creating a Conference with Wellbeing in Mind
While some meetings and conferences have begun the return to in-person settings, the American Heart Association and others have chosen to err on the side of caution and host virtual meetings. In an interview with Practical Cardiology, Dr. Manesh Patel, Program Committee Chair of the AHA 2021 Scientific Sessions, to discuss how the committee constructed a virtual program that encourages engagement but is not overwhelming or burdensome on attendees.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive into Breast Imaging in Radiology
During breast cancer awareness month and beyond, the role of breast imagers in radiology expand far beyond administering a mammogram or screening ultrasound. For radiologist Dana K. Bonaminio, MD, interfacing with patients and spreading awareness of the importance of breast cancer screening are highlights of her career, which she has dedicated to breast imaging.
Behind the Science: Behind Clinical Perspectives on Antimicrobial Stewardship
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the emphasis and urgency was placed on treating the novel coronavirus. As a result, many important initiatives such as antimicrobial resistance (AMR) were put on hold. For example, studies have shown more antibiotics were prescribed during the first year of the pandemic. As the pandemic now begins to evolve into a new phase, clinicians can once again turn back again to the AMR issue. Clinicians offer insights into what medical community is doing right in this area where the challenges remain.
Second Opinion: Women's Health - Soy & Estrogen
Soy is a phytoestrogen, with many myths and misconceptions as far as estrogen receptors are concerned. When it comes to soy, some people can metabolize it differently. And sometimes, it can act like an estrogen, which is critical in menopause-related research. In this episode, Barb Dehn, NP, dives into the latest research surrounding soy and estrogen receptors. She highlights the importance of increasing clinician knowledge of receptors to provide tailored care to patients.
Behind the Science: Behind Top Takeaways From ECTRIMS 2021
After wrapping up the 37th annual Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, or ECTRIMS, a group of medical professionals from various backgrounds offered their insight into the overall themes and takeaways from the meeting, and their perspective on the greatest advancement the field has seen in 2021.
Inside the Practice: Inside Pediatrician Shadowing
Dr. Andrew Schuman, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, in Lebanon, New Hampshire discusses how he mentors pre-med and medical students (including some of his former patients) by allowing them to shadow him throughout the day, and how it can offer not only a tonic from burnout, but pay it forward to our future health care workers.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Weight Bias in Health Care
On this episode of Deep Dive, obesity expert Ted Kyle joins us to discuss the prevalence of weight bias in health care, how media portrayal of patients with obesity exacerbates the issue, strategies primary care clinicians can use to check their own weight bias, and the advocacy work he is currently spearheading to change the narrative of weight stigma in health care.
Inside the Practice: Inside COVID-19 Veterinary Industry Adaptation
Roy Jain, MBA, chief operating officer at Blue River Pet Care and Priscilla Cherry, vice president of operations at Blue River Pet Care share how they adapted practice operations amid COVID-19 and accommodated the influx of “pandemic pets” by prioritizing the safety and mental well-being of their staff and clients, leveraging technology, and beyond.
Wellbeing Checkup: Eating Disorders
Evelyn Attia, MD, Deborah Glasofer, PhDm and André Chatelain join Wellbeing Checkup to discuss eating disorders, the lack of training and education for healthcare professionals, how a recent eLearning course helped alleviate some of this gap during the pandemic, and future applications for eLearning in healthcare in general and specifically regarding eating disorders.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Staying Financially Healthy During the Holiday Season
Despite the expenses that can come with the holiday season, planning ahead and sticking to the budget can keep health care professionals financially healthy during Black Friday. In an interview, Tim Ulbrich, PharmD, discussed common financial problems that occur around the holidays, shopping traps to avoid on Black Friday, and some potentially beneficial financial purchases to make on Black Friday.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Impacting Stroke Care With RapidAI
Gregory W. Albers, MD shared his insight into the development and clinical use of RapidAI, a platform that leverages artificial intelligence to create enhanced, high-quality images from noncontrast CT, CT angiography, CT perfusion, and MRI diffusion and perfusion data, aiming to expedient diagnoses, treatment, and transfer decisions that impact the clinical care of patients with stroke.
Behind the Science: Behind Asembia’s 2021 Specialty Pharmacy Summit
This edition of Behind the Science features five speakers at the Asembia’s 2021 Specialty Pharmacy Summit. The Asembia meeting is one of the largest devoted to specialty pharmacy — the branch of pharmacy services devoted to delivering and managing medications for complex conditions. The editors at Managed Healthcare Executive and the speakers at the Asembia meeting dived into a wide array of topics: telehealth and specialty pharmacy, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector, how social determinants of health need to be factored into pharmacy management decisions and the new, expensive drugs coming on the market.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Data Sharing
Matthew A. Michela has been a healthcare industry executive for 30 years, serving in leadership positions in both the payer and care management sectors. He joined Life Image in 2015 with the mission of democratizing data to create an interoperable healthcare ecosystem that creates a connected view of a patient’s journey. By evolving and transforming the Life Image network into an innovative digital platform for the sharing of any and all clinical information including medical images, healthcare professionals can see data in a comprehensive way. This enables them to better learn from the data, make better informed clinical decisions, improve the patient care experience, and ultimately make new discoveries.
Inside the Practice: Inside Medical Professionals’ Environmental Footprint
Stacy Loeb, MD, PhD, MSc, discusses what urologists can do to be more sustainable both at home and in the workplace, including plant-based diets, environmental consciousness at conferences, and telemedicine. She also discusses the background and findings of the study, “Climate change impact of virtual urology meetings,” presented recently at the 2021 American Urological Association Annual Meeting.
Wellbeing Checkup: Addressing Addiction in the Workplace
Dr. Michael Tkach discusses the topic of addiction in the workplace. He talks about mental health issues that can arise from the unique struggles that we all experience at work and how to cope. He also adds some insights for employers who may need to talk with employees about their addiction.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into the Mission of ACORI
Randall A. Oyer, MD, Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) President for 2020-2021, and Medical Director of the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute at Lancaster General Health, discusses the mission of the ACCC Community Oncology Research Institute (ACORI), and the unmet need it fulfills in the oncology community.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Improving the Uptake of Biosimilars
In leading the biosimilar adoption effort at Intermountain Healthcare, Dr. Steven Yates speaks with The Center for Biosimilars on his organization’s approach to improving uptake of biosimilars. With issues ranging from provider education to manufacturer and payer relationships, Dr Yates further discusses potential regulatory action and other efforts to streamline use of biosimilars.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Activity in the Alzheimer's Pipeline
After a year of controversy and conversation in Alzheimer disease that saw the first approval for the field in 2 decades, Dr. Anton Porsteinsson shared his perspective on the progress made and commented on the agents moving through the pipeline and the state of things heading into 2022.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive into Flexible Work Environments in Radiology
The pandemic has brought on a new era of flexible work in healthcare, as providers now utilize telehealth technology in their day to day. For Dr. Elizabeth Hawk, a radiologist and single mother, more flexible work arrangements can be incredibly beneficial, but for women in radiology, a more flexible work environment may also have its drawbacks. In this episode of Deep Dive, Dr. Hawk expands on the pros and cons of flexible work environments and the implications it may have on women in radiology.
Inside the Practice: Inside Hair Loss
Gary Linkov, MD, board-certified facial, plastic and hair surgeon and founder and medical director of City Facial Plastics in New York, New York highlights the world of hair loss. He describes not only how to treat and prevent the condition, but how his own experience with hair loss helps him treat patients.
Behind the Science: Behind Increasing Medication Adherence Through Patient Relationships
Tony Makarich, PharmD and vice president of clinical services at Catalyst Health Rx, joined to discuss the benefits for health care providers of a relationship and team-based pharmacy model. He dives into Catalyst Health Rx's current pharmacy model that values relationships with convenience for medication home delivery and assures that providers do not lose sight of the impact they have on their patients.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Mental Health and Pregnancy Loss
Based on a presentation she gave at the 2021 American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)’s Annual Meeting, Dr. Alice Domar outlines the importance of mental health for patients with pregnancy loss. Get Dr. Domar’s advice on what not to say to patients, when the right time may be to discuss treatment options/counseling services, and how to be emotionally considerate toward patients throughout the process.
Inside the Practice: Inside Bridging Periodontal Communication Gaps
On this episode we look at the challenges dentists face when communicating with both patients and other health care providers about periodontal disease. While it can go largely unnoticed in undiagnosed patients, periodontitis is among the most widespread infectious diseases around the globe and numerous studies link periodontal issues to other conditions including diabetes and heart disease. Yet patients rarely understand the full gravity of the condition and often refuse treatment. Additionally, medical doctors rarely refer diabetic patients or others with periodontal comorbidities to a dental professional for a periodontal evaluation. Dr. Richard Nagelberg, a full time practicing dentist and director of medical affairs for OraPharma, is hopeful that a new free tool created by OraPharma can be used to both improve periodontal diagnostics as well as patient understanding of the condition and communication about the disease with other health care professionals. Dr Nagelberg joins Dental Products Report editorial director Noah Levine to talk about the challenges presented by periodontal disease and how using the MyPerioHealth app with a patient can help.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Bacteriophage’s Potential
Antimicrobial resistance is a paramount concern in medicine. And as it can take many years to develop new antibiotics, alternative therapies are being considered. For example, bacteriophage is a therapeutic platform being used internationally and is emerging her in the United States. Locus Biosciences CEO Paul Garofolo provides an overview of bacteriophage and its potential therapeutic applications.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into a CMO Role
Rodrigo Cerdá, M.D., M.P.H., who was recently promoted to the position of executive vice president of health services and chief medical officer of Independence Blue Cross (IBX), discusses the role of medical director at IBX and how the medical review functions at the company are organized. Wehrwein and Cerdá also discussed prior authorization and how IBX is addressing social determinant of health and health equity issues.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Influenza Research
Dr. Keipp Talbot discussed with us the currently increasing rate of influenza in the US, as well as the state of research into flu vaccination—a topic which has significant scrutiny right now given the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. Among those options for advancing flu vaccines were products designed for older and/or immunocompromised patients, as well as mRNA technology. Additionally, she discussed how, contrary to common belief, flu research may be better informed by sequencing and screening strategies implemented by COVID-19 response—not the other way around.
Behind the Science: Behind Infection Prevention
Linda Dickey, RN, MPH, CIC, CPHQ, FAPIC, is the new president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology—APIC. She talks about what it takes to become an infection preventionist, and the challenges the infection preventionist field faces. For instance. APIC is pushing to have states mandate that anybody working with the title infection preventionist be certified as such, and that nursing homes must have a full-time IP on staff.
Inside the Practice: Inside Pafolacianine
Phillip Low, PhD, Presidential Scholar for Drug Discovery and Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry-Biochemistry from Purdue University joined Inside the Practice to discuss the creation and approval of pafolacianine. This agent was approved in November 2021 to be utilized during surgery to identify malignant ovarian lesions. In the interview, Low discusses how the idea came to be, implementing this as a standard of practice, and the potential to utilize this agent for other cancers.
Second Opinion: The Structure of Medical Data
Jonathan Ogurchak, PharmD, CSP, sat down with Natasha Khrystolubova, BPharm, BCOP, to discuss the need for a better structure for medical data and ways that this data can be linked throughout the continuum of care. In the discussion, Ogurchak and Khrysolubova discussed questions around HIPAA compliance, accessibility, ethics, and privacy. They agreed that there is a massive amount of patient data thanks to trackers and wearable devices, but allowing all of those data sources to align with the health care system is a major priority to improve patient care.
Inside the Practice: Inside Prescription Kiosks
Asteres® chairman and BioIQ CEO, Sean Slovenski joined Inside the Practice to discuss 24/7 automated pharmacy pickup. ScriptCenter allows your pharmacy staff to maintain control of filling and checking prescriptions, while ScriptCenter takes care of the secure storage, tracking, pickup, and payment of your pharmacist-filled prescriptions. Asteres® develops ScriptCenter kiosks and lockers for secure and safe pickup of prescriptions and healthcare products.
Wellbeing Checkup: Resilience
Noting the historic implications of the COVID-19 virus, Dr. Jonathan Silverberg has weathered the pandemic by providing patients with care through a hybrid system of telehealth and in-person visits. He notes the changes in the healthcare system as well as the resilience of patients and physicians alike.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Immune Mediated Diseases
Drug development via a pathway approach creates the potential to treat multiple diseases with a single therapy. Alyssa Johnsen, MD, PhD, joins Deep Dive to discuss how the ongoing research by Janssen Immunology continues to confirm their IL-pathway model to treating immune mediated diseases.
Behind the Science: Behind Biosimilars Availability
Robert Popovian, PharmD, MS, chief science policy officer at Global Healthy Living Foundation, and Bret Jackson, president of the Economic Alliance for Michigan, join Behind the Science to discuss the strength of multiple policy initiatives that have been tested at the federal and state level to get biosimilars into the hands of patients who need them.
Inside the Practice: Inside Authorship
Author of the “Chasing the Widowmaker: The History of the Heart Attack Pandemic,” Dr. Meshkov leveraged his 40 years of experience studying and practicing cardiology as the basis of his book, which he hopes provides a comprehensive overview. In this segment, Meshkov, who serves on the editorial advisory board for Practical Cardiology, discusses his foray into authorship as well as the challenges he faced as a first-time author.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Battling Pathogens
Arjun Srinivasan, MD, is the Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of Doctor Srinivasan’s concerns is the growing threat posed by pathogens that are becoming immune to antibiotics. In the interview, he talks about ways the government might try to encourage pharmaceutical companies to develop new, more effective antibiotics.
Behind the Science: Behind the Future of Psychedelic Medicine
In a webcast discussion, Pharmacy Times interviewed a panel of experts on the future of psychedelic medicine and the role of the pharmacy in that future. Specifically, the experts discuss psychedelic medicine access and what would different distribution models could look like to provide the best access points for patients. Additionally, the experts touch on who they think should be authorized to either administer or obtain psychedelic medicine and if the administration of psychedelic drugs should only be in the hands of certain health care professionals, such as psychiatrists.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Treating BRAF-Mutant Metastatic Melanoma
Ahead of a presentation during the 18th Annual International Symposium on Melanoma and Other Cutaneous Malignancies®, Dr. Michael of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center discusses recent advances in treatment for patients with metastatic melanoma.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Medical Cannabis Research Challenges
Dr. Jean Talleyrand, Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of the Clinical Endocannabinoid System Consortium (CESC) and founder of MediCann, joins us to discuss medical cannabis research and ongoing projects he is involved in. As a third generation medical provider, Dr. Talleyrand offers his insight into how medical cannabis can be added as a tool for any doctor to consider.
Behind the Science: Behind Nurse Takeaways from Conferences
With an influx of novel agents hitting the oncology scene across both breast and hematologic spheres, it can become more complicated to differentiate between agent-related patient education and administration details. Therefore, Oncology Nursing News® spoke with 4 oncologists who presented at either the 2021 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium of the 63rd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting & Exposition about the main findings from their presentations and nurse-specific considerations regarding the experimental agents.
Inside the Practice: Inside Transperineal Prostate Biopsies
Dr. Matthew Allaway, DO, spoke with CancerNetwork about a prostate cancer biopsy technique that uses the transperineal approach to better detect cancer in harder to reach areas of the prostate. Along with this, Allaway touched on the American Cancer Society’s annual report, “Cancer Facts & Figures 2022” and detailed the important findings from a companion study to that information.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Patient Experience During Clinical Trials
CAR-T cell therapy has dramatically changed the game for many cancer types. Recent findings in a trial examining a second-line CAR-T therapy option for large B-cell lymphoma showed a potential to shift the standard of care. In an interview with CURE®, Joseph McGuirk, D.O., discussed the inspiring ways in which CAR-T therapy advancements are transforming the cancer landscape.
Behind the Science: Behind Long-Term Acting Injectables for PrEP
Long-acting injectables are being studied for both HIV care and prevention and could help in changing the treatment paradigm from a daily oral regimen to a once monthly or even every 2 month injection for therapy. They have shown promise as a potential alternative to people dealing with pill fatigue, stigma, and quality of life issues associated with daily oral therapy. Clinicians offer insights into what medical community is doing right in this area where the challenges remain.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Patient-Centered Contraception Counseling
Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS, is passionate about returning women to the center of decisions made about contraception and family planning. To some the term “patient centered counseling” may sound overused, even gimmicky. But when the topic is how, when, or if a woman wants to conceive, the first job of the clinician is to elicit the patient’s needs and desires as the patient defines them, not to forge ahead based on a preconceived notion of what “a patient like this” should want or should do. Her research focuses on how to facilitate this shift of choice fully back into the patient’s hands.
Behind the Science: Behind Takeaways from the American Epilepsy Society Meeting
In conversations with NeurologyLive on the floor of the American Epilepsy Society’s Annual Meeting, 5 experts in epilepsy and seizure disorders shared their insight into their biggest takeaway from the annual meeting—which was in-person for the first time since 2019.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Cisplatin-Induced Hearing Loss
Oncology Nursing News® meets with the lead investigator of a study which revealed that children under 5 are at the highest risk of hearing loss following treatment with cisplatin chemotherapy. Dr. Bruce Carleton discusses the benefits and risks associated with this life-saving therapy, and the challenge of balancing these risks when treating young children with cancer.
Behind the Science: Behind Faricimab
On January 28, the FDA approved faricimab (Vabysmo) for the treatment of adults with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) or diabetic macular edema (DME). The new approval for the intravitreal-injected bispecific antibody therapy is the first granted to a drug with its targeting pathways, deviating from the popular standard-of-care anti-VEGF therapy drug class for these two conditions—the leading causes of irreversible vision loss in the US. It also comes at a time when many ophthalmologists are seeking means to improve treatment durability and extended time between regimens of intravitreal injection therapy for their patients, who are generally burdened by the administration process and are prone to high risk of treatment discontinuation—and, as such, eventual blindness.
Wellbeing Checkup: Biosimilars as Diffusers
In the oncology space, biologic drugs can be very expensive for patients. This can put added stress onto clinicians who may be wary about prescribing a biologic therapy to these patients without knowing whether the patient can afford the medication. Biosimilars, which high are clinically similar molecules that reference originator biologic medications and are offered at a lower price, offer a way to help patients, and practices, save money. Kathy Oubre, MS, delves into how financial toxicity brought on by the inability to afford expensive biologics impacts both patients and providers and hones in on how biosimilars offer a way around those concerns.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into High-Quality Care of Women’s Health
Sarah Temkin, Associate Director for Clinical Research in the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health, discusses how the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health are involved in health care and pharmacy practice. She talks about clinical data pertaining to biological and sociological variables and clinical trials that have been conducted. Additionally, she addresses the upcoming goals and projects on the horizon for the NIH ORWH that may impact the pharmacy field.
Wellbeing Checkup: The Thriving Physician
As the country approaches the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare workforce is being battered by burnout. Wayne Sotile, founder of the Sotile Center for Resilience and the Center for Physician Resilience and co-author of the book The Thriving Physician, joins us today to discuss ways to counter the crush of work.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Supporting Women Leaders in Neurology
Dr. Kathleen B. Digre focuses on opportunities for women leaders in the field of neurology. We spoke at length about her past and present leadership roles, and she shared her perspective on how the field has changed and provided more opportunity for females in the space.
Inside the Practice: Inside Global Society of Rare Genitourinary Tumors
The Global Society of Rare Genitourinary Tumors launched during the pandemic, hoping to give a voice to those who have or treat rare cancers in this space. In a recent interview, Philippe E. Spiess, MD, MS, FRCSC, FACS, and Andrea Necchi, MD, share how they aim to develop an environment that emphasizes education, patient advocacy, and clinical research for this subspecialty—one that has historically failed to receive the spotlight as much as other, more common cancers. Spiess and Necchi serve as President and Vice President of this organization.
Behind the Science: Behind COVID-19 and Obesity
Editors of Managed Healthcare Executive spoke with four healthcare professionals about the relationship between COVID-19 and obesity. The professionals were asked “at what degree is obesity a risk factor for severe COVID-19 and what are the reasons for obesity increasing the risk?” Each gave their individual views on the matter.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Racial Bias in the Electronic Health Record
Findings of a recent Health Affairs study showed that race and bias were significantly associated with negative patient descriptors in the electronic health record. On today’s Deep Dive, Michael Sun, first author of the study and a medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, discusses the impact of potentially stigmatizing language on racial and ethnic health care disparities and building awareness among clinicians.
Second Opinion: Marketing for Your Practice
As social media continues to play a key role in how practices operate, is traditional marketing no longer necessary? Steve Dale and Bill Schroeder tackle the benefits and disadvantages of both while exploring how both can be used to reach as many clients as possible.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Racial Barriers in Clinical Lung Cancer Research
In recognition of Black History Month, Ozuru O. Ukoha, MD, highlights barriers that may hinder participation of Black patients in clinical lung cancer research, how these disparities impact outcomes, and how initiatives such as the American Lung Association’s Awareness, Trust and Action campaign may work to increase enrollment. He not only discusses short-and long-term goals of the campaign, but what the oncology community as a whole can do to be more inclusive of diverse patient populations.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Female Physician Burnout
Women physicians today are suffering from record-breaking levels of burnout. Tammie Chang, MD, was one of those women. When she began to feel dangerously burnt out, she decided to write a self-help book for women struggling to balance their personal and professional lives. Tammie writes for these women in hopes that they can become empowered and learn to set healthy boundaries in their daily lives.
Inside the Practice: Inside the Aesthetics Industry
Shay Moinuddin, MHA, CANS, RN, who has been with the Few Institute since 2008 and manages the day-to-day operations there, talks with us about stackable aesthetic treatments, how the aesthetic world has changed in the last 10 years, and how allied health care workers should be utilized in the practice. Shay has had extensive training in injecting all brands of FDA-approved dermal fillers and neurotoxins and brings her perspective as a non-physician injector to this discussion.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Primary Care Direct Contracting
In this episode of Deep Dive, Peter Wehrwein, managing editor of Managed Healthcare Executive, speaks with Mark Nolan, chief operating officer of Hint Health. Hint Health is a company in the business of supporting primary care direct contracting. Direct contracting cuts out insurance companies. Instead of accepting insurance payment, practices are paid a flat fee. Wehrwein and Nolan discuss how direct primary care differs from concierge care and how CMS’ value-based payment models and ACOs fit with what Hint is doing.
Wellbeing Checkup: The Value of Integrated Behavioral Health Services
Matt Iwaniec, PsyD, a licensed clinical health psychologist with the stem cell transplant and CAR-T therapy program at Allegheny Health Network, discusses the importance of integrated behavioral health services in providing accessible care to patients with cancer. This, in turn, reduces stress across the entire care team, notes Iwaniec.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) may be the most common condition involving the peripheral nervous system. However, it's estimated that only 150,000 Americans and 3 million people across the globe live with it, making it a rare disease. In an interview with Giuliana Grossi, Associate Editor, HCPLive, Dr. Keith Fargo discusses some of the challenges in the field and addresses the importance of being cognizant of the blood-nerve barrier when treating patients and developing therapies for CMT.
Behind the Science: Behind Updates on Advances for Rare Disease Day
In recognition of the recent celebration for Rare Disease Day, a number of experts in the care of rare diseases spoke to some of the advances and challenges experienced by the field in the past few years. They include: Hong Sun, MD, PhD, on the importance of Rare Disease Day; Sabrina Paganoni, MD, PhD, on the incremental advances being made in ALS drug development; Bruce Cree, MD, PhD, on the need for more patient education on neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder; James Howard, MD, on the potential for combination approaches to generalized myasthenia gravis; and Tahseen Mozaffar, MD, on the potential of gene therapies for Pompe disease.
Inside the Practice: Inside Cannabis Pharmacy
Medical marijuana is having a moment: as of February 2022, 37 US states permit the use of medical cannabis products. These products are used to treat a variety of medical conditions, from cancer to epilepsy to glaucoma, but specific laws vary by state. And in New York, all dispensaries must have a licensed pharmacist on-site to counsel patients about the treatments available to them. Drug Topics® sat down with Jeff Lombardo, PharmD, to discuss the ins and outs of working in cannabis pharmacy.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into COVID's Long-Term Cardiovascular Effects
In this segment, Practical Cardiology sits down with Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly to discuss a recent study he led examining long-term cardiovascular outcomes among patients with COVID-19. An analysis with data from more than 10 million patients, Al-Aly’s work provide insight into the immediate risk of negative cardiovascular outcomes associated with COVID, but also shed light on long-term effects and the impact of COVID-19 severity on this apparent increase in risk for negative outcomes.
Behind the Science: Behind Kidney Cancer Awareness Month
March is Kidney Cancer Awareness month and a good time to reflect on recent advancements in the treatment of patients with renal cell carcinoma. Recent years have brought numerous new therapies and combination regimens to this space, with breakthrough research ongoing. Following the recent 2022 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, Chung-Han Lee, MD, PhD, Daniel M. Geynisman, MD, and Toni K. Choueiri, MD, spoke with editors at CancerNetwork® to discuss recent advances that have the potential to significantly impact care and ongoing trials that clinicians should be aware of.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Sterile Processing Technicians
Damien Berg, BA, BS, CRCST, AAMIF, vice president of strategic initiatives for the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA, formerly IAHCSMM), previews the upcoming annual meeting and offers a behind-the-scenes look into the critical work of sterile processing professionals within the healthcare system.
Behind the Science: Behind Pharmacotherapy for Obesity
The notion that the key to obesity management is to “eat less, move more,” is a deeply rooted cultural belief that can still be resistant to the current truth that obesity is a chronic, relapsing disease. Obesity medicine experts confirm that while dietary change and exercise are essential to the success of a weight management program, used alone they will not sustain meaningful weight loss for persons with overweight, obesity, or severe obesity. Enter the generation of new drugs that target the specific underlying physiology of obesity and work along with diet, exercise, and other interventions to augment and sustain weight loss. Editors at Patient Care Online spoke with leading obesity medicine investigators about how the new medications can be integrated into primary care where patients are seen first and most consistently as they struggle against the disease of obesity.
Second Opinion: Antimicrobial Resistance
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been an ongoing major public health issue for some time. In 2019, antimicrobial resistance was the leading cause of death worldwide, surpassing even HIV and malaria in mortality according to a study published in the Lancet in January. When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in 2020, many public health issues such as antimicrobial resistance took a back seat. In fact, antibiotic prescribing increased during this time as providers scrambled to care for patients. Now as COVID-19 cases continue to show a downward trend, antimicrobial resistance has become a significant priority again, and more of an emphasis is being placed on antibiotic prescribing practices. Anthony McDonnell and Dr. Javier Guzman discuss the findings of the study and the effects COVID-19 may have had in the prescribing practices.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Advancing Psychoanalytic Thought
What can we do to advance psychoanalytic thought? In this installment of Deep Dive, Heidi Anne Duerr, MPH, associate editorial director of Psychiatric Times, interviews William A. Myerson, PhD, MBA, of the Sigourney Awards and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, about the latest Sigourney Award recipients and how the Sigourney Award is enhancing psychoanalytic thought worldwide.
Behind the Science: Behind Value-Based Insurance Design to Enhance Health Equity
In bringing together national leaders from across the healthcare spectrum, this year’s virtual V-Bid Summit will address the opportunities and challenges regarding strategies to reduce health care disparities and enhance equity. Dr Mark Fendrick, director of the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, spoke with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the key discussions to be held at the meeting, with panelists Katy Spangler, principal at Spangler Strategies, and Dr Dora Hughes, chief medical officer at the CMS Innovation Center, also previewing their talks as well.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Monoclonal Antibodies
Monoclonal antibodies have become a beacon of hope for patients at high risk of COVID-19 who may not have a full response to the vaccines, or for whom vaccination isn’t an option. In an interview with Pharmacy Times, Alfred L’Altrelli, senior director of pharmacy at UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside, discussed how pharmacists are ensuring patient access to these important treatments.
Inside the Practice: Inside Keeping a Dental Practice Open to Change
Dentistry is a rapidly changing field and new technologies and clinical approaches are constantly being introduced. Keeping a practice up to date requires dedication and flexibility. In this interview Dental Products Report contributor Lisa Newburger speaks with Editorial Advisory Board member Jeff Rohde, DDS about how and why he tries to keep his practice on the cutting edge, and why it’s so important to keep his entire team engaged in the process.
Inside the Practice: Inside Community Outreach for Community Pharmacies
Tripp Logan, vice president of SEMO Rx Pharmacies, discusses the importance of community outreach programs for community pharmacies. He addresses the programs his practices do to aid the community, specifically in public health, such as teaming up with Meals on Wheels and addressing vaccine hesitancy.
Wellbeing Checkup: Transitioning to a Post-COVID World
In this segment, Practical Cardiology sits down with chief advisory board member Dr. Guy Mintz to discuss how he has handled the constant transitions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and how shortages in staffing have caused medical centers to adapt.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Prescription Savings
Drug pricing can be overwhelming—even for the well-informed—but companies like SingleCare are striving to help patients afford their medications. Ramzi Yacoub, PharmD, Chief Pharmacy Officer at SingleCare, sat down with Drug Topics® to discuss the ins and outs of medication discount cards and coupons.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into the Burn Reversal Method
James Beckman, MD, is the creator of a topical application that stops the progression of a first or second degree burn and reverse the symptoms already present as soon as possible after the burn. We discuss the science behind this burn reversal method, the complexities of working with burned skin, and what needs to be considered when working with a burned patient.
Behind the Science: Behind Highlights From ACTRIMS Forum 2022
After the first in-person Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in MS Forum since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a variety of experts in the care of MS spoke to some of the research highlights, lingering needs, and hot topics in the field.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Proper Ventilation to Reduce Infection
Cedric Steiner, a nursing home administrator, talks about how crucial proper ventilation is in reducing infection, not only in nursing homes but in all buildings. He also outlines some best approaches to this problem. If you work indoors—and that’s most of us—you’ll want to pay attention.
Inside the Practice: Inside Cancer-Immu
CancerNetwork’s Audrey Sternberg spoke with Yu Shyr, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences, about Cancer-Immu, an open-access resource that uses available data to link onco-immunological genomic data and immunophenotype with biological insights that may be used for selection of immune checkpoint blockade. In the interview, Shyr discusses clinical challenges with immunotherapy use, how the developers of Cancer-Immu aim to solve these problems, and who ideal users of the platform are.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Holistic Care for People Living With HIV
HIV is a lifelong prognosis, which is why the Positive Health Clinic offers lifelong care to its patients holistic care that addresses every aspect of their patients’ lives. Allegheny Health Network’s Positive Health Clinic (PHC) serves people living with HIV, holistically addressing their patients’ needs. Tori Pipak, PA-C, AAHIVS, a physician assistant, has worked at the PHC for 5 years. The PHC is funded by a Ryan White grant, which allows them to provide a multitude of services that people living with HIV typically could not receive through the traditional healthcare system. Some of these include social services for housing and utilities, food services like SNAP benefits, and mental health services.
Inside the Practice: Inside Transitioning to Aesthetic Procedures
In this interview, Ellen Marmur, MD, discusses the history of fillers at her practice and how her love for traditional dermatology, such as helping patients with psoriasis or atopic dermatitis, led her to discover a passion for aesthetics. The topics of how filler is used, managing patients expectations, and the future of combination treatments are all discussed.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Best Practices for Dental Prescribing Decisions
In this episode of Deep Dive, pharmaceutical experts Jason Goodchild and Mark Donaldson share best practices for prescribing decisions for dental practices, including newer synergistic methods, along with updates on managing patient pain and taking steps to combat the opioid crisis. Many of today’s practices can keep patient pain levels low without always going the opioid route first.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Gepants for Migraine Prevention
On this episode of Deep Dive, headache specialist Dr Peter McAllister joins us to discuss migraine prevention and specifically the role that the newly approved oral migraine preventive medications may play in treatment of migraine in primary care settings.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Epstein-Barr Virus as a Cause of Multiple Sclerosis
Dr. Bridget A. Bagert sat down with NeurologyLive to discuss a hot topic of clinical concern in multiple sclerosis: Epstein-Barr virus. After 2 decades of research suggesting a link between EBV and MS, the findings of a recently published paper provided the most robust dataset to date, with analyses suggesting there may be a causal link between EBV infection and MS disease onset. Bagert, an expert in the field of MS who has focused on this link in her clinical research, offered her perspective on the findings the what is known to this point.
Inside the Practice: Inside a Fellowship Program Aimed at Community Pharmacists
Carlie Traylor, PharmD, discusses the Community Pharmacy Fellowship from the National Community Pharmacists Association and CPESN that connects community pharmacist and focuses on 3 main themes: transformation, managerial skills, and patient care.
Behind the Science: Behind Improving Cancer Survivorship
Psychosocial issues, such as fear of recurrence, can affect both the quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer. For today’s episode of Behind the Science, two oncology experts discuss what’s being done to address the emotional side of cancer, and why it's important.
Inside the Practice: Inside Conducting a Scientific Meeting
Dr. Yehuda Handelsman discusses how he has navigated his role as the medical director and principal investigator of the Metabolic Institute of America for more than 20 years, which includes taking lead on the organization’s pair of annual conferences: The World Congress on Insulin Resistance and Diabetes and the Heart in Diabetes.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Allergen of the Year
In 2021, the American Contact Dermatitis Society named acetophenone azine, an allergen found in such substances as soccer shin guards and flip flops, the “allergen of the year.” What does this mean to this pediatric population; how can pediatric health care providers treat this allergen; and what exactly does it mean to be the “allergen of year?” Dr. Bernard A Cohen, the dermatology column editor for Contemporary Pediatrics, explains it all.
Behind the Science: Behind the Future of Telehealth
Telehealth usage has soared. An HHS report says Medicare telehealth visits increased 63-fold between 2019 and 2020, although it has tapered off some since. Some of that increase can be attributed to the relaxation of Medicare rules that were part of the federal government’s declaration of a public health emergency (PHE). The PHE has been extended another 90 days and an appropriations bill earlier this year said the waivers of the telehealth rules will extend 151 days after the public health emergency is over. Still, there are lot of questions about which if the waivers might be made permanent and how that will affect the usage of telehealth.
Wellbeing Checkup: Toxic Work Environments
On this episode of “Wellbeing Checkup,” the vice president of Thrive Pet Healthcare who is currently a PhD candidate with a dissertation focus on the high suicide rates in veterinary medicine, touches upon toxic work environments at the clinic and their impacts on mental health.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Medical Cannabis Nurses
Nurse Heather Manus discusses her role in helping to pass a new medical cannabis bill in California called SB 311, also known as “Ryan’s Law,” which requires healthcare facilities to allow the use of medical cannabis on their premises for terminally ill patients with a valid medical cannabis card or recommendation from their physician. Heather also offers a preview of her talk at the upcoming Cannabis Science Conference West and shares important information for nurses to gain more education about medical cannabis.
Behind the Science: Behind Equitable Care in Dermatology
Equitable care has been a long-standing issue in dermatology characterized by a lack of diversity in clinical trials and management criteria that fails to account for diverse skin types. Key opinion leaders at the 2022 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting spoke with The American Journal of Managed Care® on factors that continue to exacerbate health disparities for minority populations and current efforts to address these concerns in dermatology.
Inside the Practice: Inside the Use of Cleveland Clinic’s 7T MRI
In this episode of Inside the Practice, Dr. Stephen Jones, a radiologist by trade, offers an in-depth look into the advances in magnetic resonance imaging that Cleveland Clinic is now leveraging in clinical practice. Specifically, he speaks to the capabilities of new 7-Tesla MRI machines, which Cleveland Clinic has now installed on-site in Ohio.
Second Opinion: Prostate Cancer Case
Dr. Judd W. Moul, MD, editorial board member for the journal ONCOLOGY® and James H. Semans, MD, Distinguished Professor of Urologic Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine, leads a discussion with medical student Kostantinos E. Morris, BS, on the case of a patient who presented to their clinic with elevated prostate-specific antigen levels and multiple imaging tests that appeared to indicate an absence of malignancy. They discuss why they continued to investigate the cause of the elevate PSA levels, how they overcame the patient’s hesitation for more testing, and the ultimate outcome of the case.
Behind the Science: Behind the Impact of ART and PrEP on HIV Care and Prevention
Therapies within HIV care and prevention have come a long way in recent years. Not only is there the addition of new antiretroviral therapies (ART) being approved, but novel delivery of these medicines such as long-acting injectables are seeing greater utility and offering patients flexibility with newer treatment options. In addition, the advent of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) therapy is helping people who are at risk of HIV. Clinicians and stakeholders offer insights and perspective on these vital HIV care and prevention therapies and their true impact.
Behind the Science: Behind Hot Topics at the 2022 AAN Annual Meeting
While on-site at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, NeurologyLive® sat down with a group of presenting experts to hear about some of the hot topics of clinical conversation. Those included Dr. Jacqueline French’s perspective on the state of treatment for refractory epilepsy; Dr. Bruce Cree’s experience with inebilizumab in NMOSD; Dr Kelly Knupp’s insight into the recently approved fenfluramine in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome; Dr. Peter McAllister’s perspective on SB623’s potential in traumatic brain injury; and Dr. Stephen Krieger on diet’s effect on multiple sclerosis.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Genetic Testing in Colorectal Cancer
During Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Rachel Pearlman, MS, LGC, speaks to the importance of genetic testing in colorectal cancer. Although universal tumor screenings still have an important place in the treatment landscape, she notes that it shouldn’t be the only factor driving genetic testing anymore. She explains how universal testing is not effective in catching all cases of Lynch syndrome and a significant portion will not pick up mismatch repair variants. Additionally, she speaks to her work on the Ohio Colorectal Cancer Prevention Initiative and how the efforts have led to exploration of accessible gene testing in other disease types such as endometrial cancer.
Behind the Science: Behind Allied Health Care Workers Role in Practice
In this Behind the Science, the role of the allied health care worker is explored. With many states passing laws to expand their authority as health care providers, there has been a debate as to how big of a role physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and more should have in patient care.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Healthcare Provisions of Build Back Better Bill
The experts at Avalere, Ryan Urgo & Neil Lund, shared insights with MHE into the politics of a less ambitious Build Back Better bill and the healthcare provisions it might include. If a "skinny bill" doesn't get passed, the healthcare action of the Biden administration might shift to CMS Innovation Center and payment models, including a successor to the Oncology Care Model.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Filling Gaps in Patient Care
Shirley Lee, CRNP-FNP, MPH, discusses gaps in care and how not closing them can be harmful to patients. Lee is director of a patient navigation program and a nurse practitioner for the Greater Los Angeles Division of Genesis Healthcare Partners and Vice President of Clinical Strategy for Preveta.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Nano-Pulse Stimulation Technology
In this Deep Dive, Nano-Pulse Stimulation (NPS) Technology is up for discussion. What is NPS technology and what is the mechanism of action that it uses to clear benign lesions? Is it covered by insurance and what are the risks of using the CellFX system? All these questions and more are covered in this Deep Dive.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into an Untraditional Path to the C-Suite
On this episode of Deep Dive, we learn how Jeffrey Nau, PhD, took the road less traveled to his role as President and CEO at Oyster Point Pharma. His background is unique in that he brings a life-long dedication to the field of ophthalmology and an ability to understand the science in this specific space. Dr. Nau takes us on his journey, where he started as a technician with a multispecialty ophthalmology practice and prepared patients for pre-LASIK consultations and captured retinal images. Next, he worked at an eye bank where he learned how to harvest organs and corneal tissues. From there, he earned his Master of Medical Science with Drexel University’s College of Medicine and spent time at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia conducting ocular oncology research. He transitioned this experience into ophthalmic drug development and offers advice for clinicians who might consider a move from clinical medicine to the pharmaceutical industry.
Inside the Practice: Inside the Topper Cancer Institute
CancerNetwork’s Ariana Pelosci spoke with Suresh G. Nair, MD, Physician in Chief at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Topper Cancer Institute, about the recent advances made and the top-line tumor tracking system being implemented in the institute. In the interview, Nair discusses the importance of multidisciplinary teams in cancer care, and where he hopes to see the Topper Cancer Institute advance with the future of cancer care.