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.
Inside the Practice: Inside Refresh Dermatology & Staying Ahead of the Curve
Dr. Suneel Chilukuri reveals his top tips on how to get your practice to stand above the rest. From offering ground-breaking procedures like QWO for cellulite to implementing strategies to stay ahead of the game. Dr. Chilukuri takes you inside his practice to demonstrate how they separate themselves from competitors.
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: 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 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.
After Hours: Wordsmith Ophthalmologist
Joe Bentivegna, MD, relates how he first started creating crossword puzzles in high school. His passion for wordsmithing has taken him through college and medical school, and today he loves creating them for his ophthalmologist colleagues. He describes the process that goes into putting together a puzzle and shares some examples.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Psychedelic Compounds to Treat Obesity
Pharmacy Times interviewed Dr. Clive Ward Able, the president of Clintell and a trained pharmacist and physician who has worked in the pharmacy industry for over 30 years. During this discussion, Dr. Ward Able addresses his research investigating the use of psychedelic compounds to treat obesity, as well as optimize human health.
Wellbeing Checkup: The Gut-Brain Connection
Dr. Uma Naidoo is a nutritional psychiatrist and serves as the director of nutritional & lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. She is also the author of the acclaimed book, "This is Your Brain on Food", available on amazon. In this segment, Dr. Naidoo briefly explains the connection between the gut and brain, how to slowly adjust our diets to improve our overall mental wellbeing.
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.
Inside the Practice: Inside Top Derm
A recently launched application, Top Derm, developed by medical video game company Level Ex, made for dermatologists. The free-to-play mobile app presents users with exercises and challenges on a variety of dermatologic concepts that are designed to encourage learning and strengthen recall. Level Ex collaborated with over 140 dermatologists, including Dr. Peter Lio, to design the game. Dr. Lio speaks about the application’s design, how the game works, its value for dermatologists of all skill levels, and its future as a resource for clinicians.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Aducanumab’s Appropriate Use Criteria
Dr. Alireza Atri, the director of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, AZ, joined Deep Dive from the floor of the 2021 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference to discuss the recently published and presented Appropriate Use Criteria for aducanumab, or Aduhelm, Biogen’s newly approved anti-amyloid agent for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
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.
Inside the Practice: Inside ABC Kids Dental Group's Robot for Children
Robin the Robot from Expper Technologies is an interactive companion designed to help children feel comfortable in hospitals, dental practices, and other healthcare settings. ABC Kids Dental Group in Los Angeles was the first practice in the area to add Robin to the practice, and the impact has been amazing.
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.
After Hours: Retina Surgeon Paints Multisensory “Touch to See” Art
Stephanie Skolik, MD, has been putting brush to canvas since childhood. In early adulthood, she had to make the difficult decision of whether to be a physician or an artist. Dr. Skolik chose ophthalmology but never stopped painting, with many works on display in the Huntington Museum of Art. Dr. Skolik takes us on her journey for how she creates multisensory “touch to see” art.
Inside the Practice: Inside Advancing Inclusive Research Site Alliance
Quita Highsmith and Dr. Monica Baskin discuss the Advancing Inclusive Research Site Alliance, a new initiative by Genentech to include more diverse populations in clinical trials. Highsmith and Baskin touch on why it’s important to have started this alliance and how they hope to see the program grow to include other cancer centers.
After Hours: The Joy of Movies and Memorabilia
Ha Kung Wong practices general intellectual property law with Venable LLP of New York. His emphasis is on complex patent and trade secrets, intellectual property transactions and contract negotiations for mergers. In his spare time, Ha Kung likes to indulge his passion for movies, and his interest in all types of movies continues today and his knowledge of movies has become encyclopedic.
Second Opinion: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates - Legal Questions
Pharmacy law experts Ron Lanton and Ned Milenkovich sat down to discuss legal questions surrounding the adoption of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. In the conversation, they discussed potential issues in private businesses, the legality of state mandates, and more.
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.
Behind the Science: Behind Fecal Microbiota Transplantation
Five experts in gastroenterology and infectious disease discuss what they think the future is for fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in treating recurrent C. difficile infection, which is linked with high mortality. The availability of FMT has been limited since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and more standardized preparations are being explored.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into the RPH-104 Molecule
Yan Lavrovsky, MD, PhD discusses the RPH-104 Molecule, a biological project that is currently being developed to treat a variety of inflammatory diseases, metabolic diseases, recurrent fever, joint lesions, and rashes. Dr. Lavrovsky discusses why the FDA approval of the molecule is so groundbreaking, future research, and what first sparked his team’s interest in researching and developing the RPH-104 molecule.
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.
After Hours: Bitewing Games
Nick Murray, DDS, and Kyle Spackman, DDS, met in college and reunited in dental school, bonding over a shared love of tabletop and card games. Game play and game design were hobbies for both dentists during school, and now they’ve taken that love to a new level with the founding of Bitewing Games. After a successful crowd-funding campaign on KickStarter, Bitewing Games will be publishing a trio of games designed by a renowned German game creator next spring before turning their focus to launching games of their own design.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Patient Participation in Clinical Trials
How can researchers encourage patient participation in clinical trials and ensure their comfort during the process? Dr. Miguel Villalona-Calero discusses several aspects of clinical trials from a patient standpoint, from common misconceptions to what the most rewarding aspects are.
Behind the Science: Behind the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference
At the 2021 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, a number of experts in the care of individuals with Alzheimer disease and researchers in the field of dementia sat down with NeurologyLive to offer their insight on this year’s meeting, their main takeaways, and what they were most excited about.
Inside the Practice: Inside Free Surgical Centers for Smile Train Patients
Smile Train is a nonprofit organization and charity providing corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palates. Headquartered in New York City and founded in 1999, Smile Train provides free corrective cleft surgery in 87 countries, training local doctors and providing hospital funding for the procedures. Today we talk to Dr. Richard Hopper, on the medical advisory board of Smile Train, about the new initiative of developing new state-of-the-art centers for Smile Train in lower and middle-income areas in the U.S., and around the world and how pediatricians can help
Second Opinion: Trends & Forecasts for Independent Pharmacy
David Dingman and Ken Thai will be tackling the issues that are top of mind right now for independent pharmacists, including: navigating competition from chains, supporting legislation that is impacting pharmacies, and benefitting from co-ops.
Inside the Practice: Inside End of Life Care for Pets at Home
On this episode of Inside the practice, we bring the animal hospital right into your home as Suzanne Ellis, DVM, discusses Lap of Love, a national organization that provides end-of-life care to pets at home. Ellis travels all day to different homes providing at home euthanasia and eventually will start providing hospice care that was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Migraines
Dr. Deena Kuruvilla, a headache specialist and the medical director of the Westport Headache Institute, discusses the latest updates in the care of patients with migraines. She offered insight into the access challenges faced by patients and the latest data on the newest therapies to enter the market and the ongoing clinical development in the pipeline.
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.
Second Opinion: Addressing Burnout for Veterinarians
On this episode of Second Opinion, co-founders of GetMotiVETed Renee Machel and Quincy Hawley, DVM, discuss different causes of burnout and the different ways that they each fight burnout through mindfulness and decompressing after a long day at work.
Behind the Science: Behind Cultural Humility
A pharmacist’s role in combating health inequity requires cultural humility, the lifelong practice of self-inquiry into one’s own cultural biases and sensitivities to cultural issues in the lives of patients. In this series, pharmacists are asked to reflect on their own journeys of practicing cultural humility, and how their own cultural backgrounds influence their practice.
Inside the Practice: Inside Somenek+PittmanMD
Dr. Michael Somenek takes us inside his plastic surgery office, Somenek+PittmanMD, located in Washington, D.C., to discuss everything from starting your own practice to navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and current plastic surgery trends. He also discusses what it’s like working with his partner Dr. Troy Pittman and good and back of owning your own practice.
Wellbeing Checkup: Lessons Learned from Treating 9/11 First Responders
Dr. Dowling is a consulting psychiatrist at the Long Island World Trade Center Health Program at SUNY Stony Brook. They are the medical advisor to POPPA (Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance), a confidential assistance program for New York Police Department Officers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inside the Practice: Inside Brio Dental's Holistic Approach to Dental Care
Holistic Dentistry can be a controversial topic among dental professionals, but at Brio Dental in Portland, Oregon, Karaneh Jahan, DMD, looks to provide care for the entire patient with a focus on services and products that reduce the use of metals and avoid known toxins such as mercury. Dr Jahan shares her personal story of pursuing a holistic approach to her own health challenges, and explains she incorporates those same principles into the care she provides to her patients.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Biosimilars for Women’s Health
Dr. Monica Mallampalli will be breaking down the complexity of what biosimilars and biologics are and current approved biosimilars on the market for breast cancer and autoimmune conditions such as arthritis. She discusses how they are a more affordable and feasible treatment option for women with various chronic health conditions. She explains how biosimilars impact women’s health and the important role health care providers can play in educating women about biosimilars and their future potential as a treatment option.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Black Box Warning on Certain JAK Inhibitors
Dr. Mark Lebwohl takes us on a deep dive into the recent delay in approval of Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors by the FDA. The delay comes from the FDA’s recently completed review of tofacitinib, a first-in-class JAK inhibitor approved to treat arthritis, which started in February of 2021, after the FDA issued a warning for heart-related problems and possible malignancies associated with the drug. Now, the FDA has put a hold on approval of all other JAK inhibitors and has issued a black box warning to certain JAK inhibitors currently on the market. Some of the JAK inhibitors for dermatologic conditions on hold include baricitinib, abrocitinib, and upadacitinib. In this interview with Dermatology Times Associate Editor Morgan Petronelli, Lebwohl discusses the delay, as well as the benefits of JAK inhibitors for inflammatory skin diseases and his prediction for the future of this drug class.
Wellbeing Checkup: Positive Affirmations
Fenway Health's Director of Community Impact and Engagement Adrianna Boulin and is currently transitioning from her role as The Fenway Institute's (TFI) Community Engagement Manager where she oversaw a number of the research studies being conducted at TFI. In addition to being a star at Fenway Health, Adrianna is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor and talks about giving herself positive affirmations and performing movements such as yoga postures.
Inside the Practice: Inside the Teal Pumpkin Project
Established in the Fall of 2012 through a food allergy support group in Tennessee, the Teal Pumpkin Project has been integral in providing kids with food allergies and other conditions with safe, allergy-friendly treats during the Halloween season. Since then, the project has expanded to all 50 states in the US and a total of 6 continents.
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.
Behind the Science: Behind "Ghosts of the Past” in Oncology Research
With the Halloween season in full swing, there could very well be ghosts wandering the halls of hospitals and research facilities… this week, CURE® asked several oncologists and researchers in the field that if given the chance to meet one “ghost of the past” in the field of oncology research, who would it be and why? Follow along to see who they’d choose to meet and why that individual’s work inspires them.
Wellbeing Checkup: Halloween Infection Prevention
What are you doing for Halloween? Heather Saunders is an infection preventionist and also the mother of two young children and she’s not going to let COVID spoil the fun this year. You can keep your kids safe and still have a great Halloween. Here’s how Heather Saunders does it.
After Hours: Emergency Medicine Musician
It’s almost a cliché, that music can heal the soul, but a doctor in Michigan uses his own musicianship as a balm against the wear and tear of emergency department work in the time of COVID-19. Keith Reynolds from Medical Economics sat down with Dr. Jasper Yung to talk composers and how music can bring relief to all doctors.
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.
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.
After Hours: Passion for Sailing
A leader in the field of ophthalmology, William Culbertson, MD, is a professor of ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. Living on the coast, he has developed a passion for sailing. Come sail away with Dr. Culbertson aboard his boat, Aqueous Humor V.
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.
After Hours: In the Friendly Skies
Major Michael Brisson, DO, is a third-year family medicine resident in Alabama. He came to our attention through the American Osteopathic Association, and we had spoken with him once before, briefly, but did not know at the time that he flies Black Hawk helicopters every week as part of the Alabama National Guard. More inquiry revealed that medicine and aviation have been in his family and his life since he was a child – his mother worked for airlines, his father was a general surgeon— and he learned to fly before he learned to drive. His wife is also a Black Hawk pilot; they met in the Army, courted and married in the Army, and she flew an attack chopper as the chase aircraft when he flew the lead medevac “bird” on rescue missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other theaters. They have 2 beautiful children and lead an otherwise “normal” American family life.
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.
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.
After Hours: Radio Host, Art Collector, Advocate
Dázon Dixon Diallo, founder and president, SisterLove Inc, a 32-year-old sexual reproductive health rights and justice organization, is also the host of her own weekly radio show, “Sisters’ Time/WomenSpeak” on WRFG, 89.3 FM, and an avid art collector and creator. Here she opens up about her passion for storytelling, memorable guests, and her love for handcrafted art.
Wellbeing Checkup: Mental Wellbeing for the Holidays
Makenzie Peterson, MSc, the first Director of Wellbeing at the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, breaks down why the holidays have a positive and negative impact on people’s wellbeing while providing helpful tips to help you navigate the holiday season.
After Hours: Veterinary Leadership Book Club
In this episode of After Hours, we are joined by Family Pet Health’s owner and chief empowerment officer Michael Shirley to hear about the Veterinary Leadership Book Club. Shirley explains the importance of the book club and how through reading and discussions, he hopes they can make the veterinary industry a better place for everyone.
After Hours: Animating HIV Education
Dr. MarkAlain Dery is a multimedia infectious disease doctor based in New Orleans, who plays music and creates animation to education the public about HIV, COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Dery is the founder of WHIV-LP, a local radio station aimed educating the public, not just about infectious diseases and the importance of getting vaccinated, but also other public health issues such as the impact of climate change.
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.
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.
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.
Second Opinion: Innovation and Everyday Practice Challenges
In this Second Opinion segment, Dr. Ehsan Sadri and Dr. William Trattler discuss the various options for presbyopia amid a slew of innovations on the scene; the challenges of staff retention; the latest in microinvasive glaucoma surgeries; and the role of microbiology.
After Hours: Cookie Decorator
Kelly Pillinger, infectious diseases clinical pharmacy specialist and PGY2 infectious diseases residency program director at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital, discusses how her cookie decorating hobby helps her relieve job stress. She decorates cookies for different seasons, holidays, and events, and started decorating due to the pandemic because it was something she was always interested in.
Behind the Science: Behind Gifts From Patients
Throughout their career, doctors receive memorable gifts from patients – whether it be figurative or literal. Some also find that seeing patients receive benefits from their care is also a gift. In the spirit of the holidays, CURE® asked several health care providers about a special gift they’ve received from patients.
Wellbeing Checkup: How Pharmacists Can Manage Holiday Burnout
Kristen Nichols, PharmD board-certified pharmacotherapy, pediatric and infectious diseases pharmacist and senior content management consultant for clinical effectiveness at Wolters Kluwer discusses her experience with holiday burnout and how pharmacists can help manage burnout this holiday season.
Behind the Science: Behind the Cardiometabolic Health Excitement in 2022
As we put 2021 behind us and look ahead at 2022, it promises to be another year full of advancements and new discoveries in the field of cardiometabolic health. With the COVID-19 pandemic placing cardiometabolic health in a spotlight, Practical Cardiology and Endocrinology Network assistant managing editor Patrick Campbell polled his recent interview guests with the simple question: what are they most looking forward to in 2022.
Inside the Practice: Inside Assisted and Robotic Surgery
Greg Marchand, MD, FACS, FACOG, FICS, Director of the Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery. He talks about robotic and assisted laparoscopic surgery and shows how his simulators of the two different machines work. He also explains the many benefits to assisted or robotic surgery.
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.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Biosimilars
Although equally effective and less expensive than reference products, biosimilars continue to face substantial challenges limiting its uptake among providers and patients. Dr. Sameer Awsare, MD, FACP, associate executive director for The Permanente Medical Group, addresses the current state of biosimilar uptake in the United States and his predictions for the near future.
Second Opinion: Pediatrics & COVID-19
Now that we have entered our third year of the pandemic, what does life look like going forward? Will COVID-19 be just another virus, alongside influenza and RSV? Will mask-wearing in doctors offices be the new standard, even as we shift out of the pandemic? What about future treatments? Dr. Andrew Schuman, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Dr. Russell Libby, founder and president of the Virginia Pediatric Group in Fairfax, Virginia and an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia and George Washington University School of medicine, discuss these questions and more, in terms of treating their pediatric patients and talking to their families.
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 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.
After Hours: Surf’s Up for California Neurologist
Jack Schim, MD, has been surfing since his boyhood in Miami but found the waves much better in southern California where he went to medical school—and stayed. He uses the word “magical” to describe the sport and says it’s part of the self-care that helps him care for his patients.
After Hours: Football Kicking Pharmacist
Before pursuing a career in pharmacy, Dr. Sonia Oskouei, vice president of Biosimilars at Cardinal Health, played soccer from childhood to high school varsity where she was then asked in her senior year to test her kicking skills as a football placekicker. Sonia discusses her experiences as the kicker for her boys’ high school football team and how key lessons she gained through athletics continue to resonate with her today.
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.
After Hours: Beatboxing Gastroenterologist
Dr. Brennan Spiegel is a beat boxer who recently published a video on twitter of him telling the story of COVID while beatboxing. He has been in tournaments and performed at conferences. Dr. Spiegel talked about how he learned he had this talent and how he does it.
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.
Wellbeing Checkup: Shrinkflation
For decades, companies have found ways to raise prices without changing the dollar amount on the price tag. Edgar Dworsky is onto them. Dworsky, a consumer advocate who founded Consumerworld.org, says this product downsizing is a perfect example of shrinkflation. Dworsky sat down with Physicians Financial News to explain the concept, why it matters, and what consumers and businesses can do about it.
After Hours: Blacksmithing & Woodworking
On working days, Dr. Michael S. Jellinek is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. John B. Herman, associate chief of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. On Saturdays though, the 2 physicians wake up at 6 am, go for an early breakfast at a local restaurant, and then head over to Dr Jellinek’s fully equipped woodshed, situated behind his home in Barre, Massachusetts for a day of woodworking and blacksmithing.
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.
Second Opinion: Ophthalmic Advances
In this Second Opinion segment, Ehsan Sadri, MD, and William Trattler, MD, share a lively discussion on the advancements that continue to emerge in eye care amid a pandemic. They touch upon the uptick in patient volume and the developing or available treatments for unmet needs, including pharmacologic therapy for presbyopia. Recent innovations from manufacturers are also enhancing the workflow and experience for cataract and refractive surgeons and their patients.
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.
Inside the Practice: Inside A Cancer Symptom Management App
Ovarian cancer can bring an onslaught of more than a dozen symptoms, as well as lingering anxiety and other difficulties for patients and their caregivers. Heidi Donovan, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is working with app developer Haomin (Leon) Hu to change that. Their app, which is currently in the early stages of development and is slated to launch next year, will help patients and their caregivers track and manage symptoms, leading to a better feeling of control over the disease.
Second Opinion: Treatment Landscape of Colorectal Cancer
Dr. Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD, leads a discussion with Dr. Kristen Ciombor, MD, MSCI, and Dr. John Strickler, MD, on targeted therapies and the molecular treatment landscape for colorectal cancer. The medical oncologists detail the COLOMATE and GOZILA platforms, sequencing, and resistance to targeted therapies, among other topics.
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.
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.
Second Opinion: Good Experts in Malpractice Cases
A good expert witness can have a significant impact in a medical malpractice case. But what exactly constitutes a “good” expert witness? In this conversation, Acacia Brush Perko, Esq, and Kenton H. Steele, Esq, discuss the qualities that distinguish a good expert witness from a bad witness. Perko and Steele are attorneys with Reminger Co, LPA.
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.
After Hours: Biosimilar Whiskey
As high-end whisky can take decades to develop and total to thousands of dollars per bottle, a novel process created by Sarfaraz Niazi, adjunct professor of biopharmaceutical sciences and advisory board member for the Center for Biosimilars®, seeks to circumvent both time and cost by replicating the biosimilar approach to therapeutic drugs to that of whisky. Dr. Niazi speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the distillation process, how the biobetter whiskies compared with their reference products, and future considerations for the alcohol industry.
Inside the Practice: Inside Cleveland Clinic’s Virtual Reality Therapy for Parkinson's Disease
Dr. Jay Alberts, the vice-chair for innovations at Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute and the Bell Family Endowed Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, took NeurologyLive inside Cleveland Clinic to explore the institution’s use of virtual reality in the treatment and care of its patients with Parkinson disease.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Shark Antibody-Like Proteins
Aaron LeBeau, MD, discusses the study of the small, unique antibody-like proteins known as VNARs — derived from the immune systems of sharks — that could prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 and other related coronaviruses from infecting human cells.
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.
Inside the Practice: Inside the DIEP Flap Procedure
The Allegheny Health Network breast reconstruction surgery team are, by their count, the second team in the nation to conduct regular practice with a key innovation: a robot-assisted deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap procedure—a minimally invasive technique at the forefront of advancement for cancer-related reconstruction surgery. The interview features Dr. Moreira and Dr. Murariu explaining the intricacies of the procedure, keys to defining patient eligibility, and future utility of robot-assisted reconstruction surgery.
Wellbeing Checkup: Strategies to Manage Stress of a New Role
Taking on a new role in a different company can come with its share of excitement but also added levels of stress. Steve Evans, MD, chief medical officer of Centene, Nevada, speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care on the pressure he initially felt in managing the increased workload of his recently appointed role, and what strategies he leveraged to reduce stress and excel in his position.
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 Computed Tomography Colonography
Syam Reddy, MD, Judy Yee, MD and Anand Narayan, MD, discussed various benefits of computed tomography colonography (CTC) for colorectal cancer screening, the underutilization of the CTC procedure and steps moving forward to improve access to this procedure.
Second Opinion: Frequently Asked Financial Questions
Tim Ullbrich, PharmD, and Tim Baker, CFP, RLP discuss financial FAQs among healthcare professionals, including how to determine what financial decisions are needed to retire, managing student loan debt while saving for the long-term, and real-estate investing pros and cons.
After Hours: Dirt Biking Physician
Moving to Las Vegas nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Steve Evans, chief medical officer of SilverSummit at Centene, became enamored with the sightseeing, nature, and adventure brought by dirt biking, which he continues to do safely with family and friends till this day. Dr Evans speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the trails and mountains he’s traversed while dirt biking, how it’s allowed him to decompress from the demands of his career, and tips for those interested in trying out the sport.
After Hours: Helping Pets in Need at Ukraine Border
Marty Becker, DVM, founder and chief relationships officer of Fear Free, and volunteer with the international veterinary aid organization, World Vets, shared the details of his expedition to countries surrounding Ukraine to assess the unmet needs of pets impacted by the war and help facilitate free veterinary services for them.
Second Opinion: Financial Success in the Post-Covid Economy
Ike Devji, JD, an asset protection attorney, sits down with Anthony Williams, investment advisor representative, founder and president of Mosaic Financial Associates, to discuss strategies for investors, the post-COVID-19 economy, and what physicians need to know to achieve financial success.
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.
Inside the Practice: Inside ACOG 2022
ACOG Immediate past president Eva Chalas, MD, discusses the meeting theme and latest updates from ACOG's annual clinical and scientific meeting. Erin T. Carey, MD, tackles the different methods for pain management in endometriosis, how clinicians can manage patient expectations, and explained how to counsel patients on their treatment journey during her presentation. In this EdTalk, Lisa Foglia, MD; Andrea L. Braden, MD; and Catherine Cansino, MD, MPH, discuss strategies for improving diversity and equity within obstetrics and gynecology.
Second Opinion: Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Practical Cardiology advisory board members sit down with the director of Center for Inherited Cardiac Disease at Penn Medicine, Dr. Anjali Owens, to talk about the current state of management for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, often referred to as oHCM, and how the FDA approval of mavacamten might impact care moving forward.
Inside the Practice: Inside Mental Health Services in the Pediatric Medical Home
Capital Area Pediatrics in Northern Virginia is making big strides in the area of mental health care for their patients. Dr. Laura Madoo, DO, FAAP, who has a special interest in adolescent medicine, mental health, and complex care; and Jennifer Boyd, RN, BSN, a nurse navigator, explains how they are building better mental health care services in the pediatric medical home.
Behind the Science: Behind Prescribing SGLT-2 Inhibitors
The notable history of the sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor class of drugs began with approval in 2014 as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. Since then, they have been approved by the FDA for treating or reducing risk of a spectrum of cardiovascular and renal disease, regardless of diabetes status. Specialists and a primary care clinician answered the question: Who should prescribe these drugs, specialists or primary care clinicians?
Wellbeing Checkup: Investing Strategies During a Market Decline
Many physicians are concerned about their portfolio and further market downturn. What should be your investment strategy in market decline? To discuss this, we have Syed Nishat with us today. Syed is a partner at the Wall Street Alliance Group.
Inside the Practice: Inside Accommodating Children in Hospital Settings
Tina Q. Tan, MD, FAAP, FIDSA, FPIDS, discusses the differences between exclusively pediatric hospitals like Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago vs other hospitals open to the public. The differences she includes are a playroom onsite, toys available, kids riding scooters down the hallway, and keeping the patients as calm as possible, among others.
After Hours: Scotch Enthusiast
Albert S. Jun, MD, PhD, is the Walter J. Stark, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and chief of the Division of Cornea, Cataract and External Eye Diseases at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. When he unwinds, he enjoys a nice glass of Scotch, and has become an expert on the drink. He is joined by Peter J. McDonnell, MD, director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of Ophthalmology Times.
Behind the Science: Behind Addressing Manufacturing Challenges
CGTLive sat down with experts to learn more about manufacturing challenges in the cell therapy space and strategies being pursued to address these challenges at the 2022 Onco Cell Therapy Summit. Conversations included Dr. Serena De Vita’s experience with Novartis’ T-Charge platform designed to expedite manufacturing; Dr. Philip Lee’s work with Senti Biosciences to streamline manufacturing; Dr. Michael Leek’s perspective on lessons learned with cell therapy manufacturing throughout the years; and Raphaël Ognar on the advantages of partnering for ease of manufacturing.
Inside the Practice: Inside a Physician Assistant’s Online Brand
In an interview with HCPLive during the Society for Dermatology Physician’s Associates (SDPA) 2022 Annual Meeting this June, Savanna Perry, PA-C, creator of The PA Platform and a physician’s assistant at Evans Dermatology, discussed her meeting session on building social presence as a healthcare professional. Perry first become interested in building an online audience when she took to blogging early into her career as a PA. Eventually her consultation business The PA Platform took off, and Perry expanded her marketing and education efforts to social media. She learned how to incorporate her profession into content that’s catered to people interested in pursuing a career in her field. Perry spoke with us on The PA Platform, her goal across social media, the services she provides aspiring PAs, the importance of combating dermatology misinformation, and advice for colleagues looking to launch an online presence.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into the Role of Exoskeletons in Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation
In the wake of the FDA approval of the EksoNR robotic exoskeleton for use in multiple sclerosis rehabilitation, Dr. Francois Bethoux, the chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Physical Medicine, spoke with NeurologyLive about the functions of the exoskeleton and its use in a real-world clinic setting. He also touched on the available data, the major take-home points for clinicians, and the need to further analyze large datasets to identify the optimal patient populations for it.
Wellbeing Checkup: Promoting an Inclusive Health Care Setting
Vivienne Hau, MD, clinical assistant professor with the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the important role physicians have in curating an inclusive health care environment for all patients.
After Hours: Sneakers to Support Childhood Cancer
Every year in a partnership with Nike, Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children's Hospital has pediatric patients with cancer and other illnesses help design a collection of sneakers called the Nike Doernbecher Freestyle Collection to help raise funds for the hospital. The 2022 collection, which featured 7 different shoes including LeBron models and Jordan 5s, was released in April. The program has been ongoing for more than 20 years, raising more than $30 million for the hospital.
Behind the Science: Behind Nursing Staff Shortages
Findings of a recent Oliver Wyman study commissioned by IntelyCare revealed that lower occupancy rates due to nurse staffing shortages are estimated to cause nearly $20 billion in unrealized revenue for the post-acute care industry. On this week’s Behind the Science, The American Journal of Managed Care® spoke with several stakeholders involved in the analysis to discuss the industry implications of these findings, how use of contingent nursing labor may provide a cost-effective solution, and what health care systems should be aware of amid a looming recession.
Second Opinion: Addressing Cancer-Related Fatigue in Integrative Oncology
Research Scientist Dr. Dori Beeler, of the Levine Cancer Institute of Atrium Health and corresponding author for the manuscript titled “Cancer-Related Fatigue Outcome Measures in Integrative Oncology: Evidence for Practice and Research Recommendations” that was recently published in the May issue of the journal ONCOLOGY®, was joined by co-authors Dr. Shelley Wang, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Dr. Viraj Master, of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, to discuss their research. They touched on challenges in treating patients with cancer-related fatigue, such as the subjective nature of patient-reported outcome measures and the limited ability for cross-comparison across trials. In the paper, the authors compare tools for cancer-related fatigue, considerations for choosing between scales, and how to best implement them into clinical trials and daily practice. The experts provide a broad overview of their research in this episode.
After Hours: Beekeeper
Dr. Christopher Fly, and emergency department physician for 19 years at the Medical College of Georgia, started his beekeeping hobby when his son brought home the idea from high school. The 2 took classes, bought the gear, suited up, and started a hive. His son soon aged out of the interest, but Dr. Fly is still keeping bees and even has a wildflower honey brand—I’ll Fly Away.
After Hours: Competitive Cheerleading
Mackenzie Andrews is a co-founder and chief commercial officer of Nanodropper. In addition to being a neurobiologist and bioengineer, she also is a powerlifting champion and competitive cheerleader. In this segment of After Hours, she shares a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the world of competitive cheerleading.
After Hours: Promoting Exercise and Well-Being
In recognizing the importance of exercise on her physical and mental health, Shannon Burke, senior vice president and general manager of Health Systems, Synchrony Health & Wellness, maintains an active lifestyle through yoga, biking, and other sports that she loves. On today’s After Hours, Shannon speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the health benefits she’s gained through fitness, how its translated to her productivity both during and away from work, and why having fun and enjoying yourself is key in exercise.
After Hours: Sustainable Pet Products
Veterinarian Stephanie Stubbe describes Anipal, the Australian company she founded that recycles post-consumer plastic bottles into pet products and supports threatened species in the process, benefiting the animals we love and our wondrous planet. Discover the inspiration and mission of the company, the array of products it offers, and the strides Anipal is making and beyond.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into the Use of Exoskeletons in MS Rehabilitation
In a conversation with Marco Meglio of NeurologyLive, Dr. Francois Bethoux shared his insight into the research he and others conducted of a recently approved exoskeleton for use in the rehabilitation of patients with multiple sclerosis. He spoke about how such tools can be leveraged in clinical care and the benefits they bring to the patients, as well as the possible future use of these devices and the potential to enable patients to utilize them at home.
Second Opinion: Breaking Down ADCES 22
In this episode of Second Opinion, Drs. Diana Isaacs and Natalie Bellini sit down to discuss the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists 2022 annual meeting, which was held in Baltimore, MD, from August 12-15. The first in-person ADCES meeting since 2019, Isaacs and Bellini provide an overview of the conference, prevailing themes, and take a deep dive into their favorite sessions.
Behind the Science: Behind COVID-19 in the NBA
Findings of a recent JAMA study exploring compared incidence of COVID-19 in vaccinated NBA players and staff showed that those who received a booster dose were significantly less likely to be infected during the Omicron wave. On this week’s Behind the Science, study authors Christina Mack, PhD, MPH, and Caroline Tai, PhD, MPH, who together lead epidemiologic efforts for agile analytics at IQVIA, discuss the preventive implications of the findings and how scientific and operational real-world data such as these can be leveraged as a foundation for future public health and clinical applications at scale.
Behind the Science: Behind Hand Hygiene Adherence
One part of an infection preventionists’ duties is to make sure that the health care workers are following their facilities’ hand hygiene protocols. Yet, no matter the tools or tricks that have been offered and created by investigators and inventors, health care professionals still do not follow the hand hygiene guidelines 100% of the time. So Behind the Science asked health care workers off the record why they find themselves not following strict hand hygiene protocol to get an insight on the reasons.
After Hours: Top Gun Pilot
Before Tom Cruise took his aerial exploits to the silver screen in the original Top Gun movie, Steve Schallhorn, MD, was a Top Gun pilot. He is a board certified and licensed ophthalmologist in private practice in San Diego, California, clinical professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco, Chief Medical Officer for Zeiss and chairman of the Optical Express Medical Advisory Board.
Inside the Practice: Inside Bond Vet
Dr. Philippa Pavia, head of medical strategy and board-certified veterinary surgeon at Bond Vet, outlines the modern elements of Bond Vet—a network of veterinary clinics specializing in design, technology, service, and culture—and how it provides both comfort for pet owners, pets, and staff alike, plus practical function.
Behind the Science: Behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and therefore a good time to reflect on the current treatment landscape and look to the future. In the United States, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, and while it most frequently affects women aged 50 years or older, it also occurs in younger patients, for whom a diagnosis can be especially overwhelming. The editors at CancerNetwork® met with a diverse group of thought leaders in the breast cancer space to discuss recent breakthroughs, persistent barriers to optimal treatment, and hopes for the future in this treatment landscape.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Preparing Pet Parents for Halloween
Dr. Renee Schmid from the Pet Poison Helpline joins to educate listeners on the risk’s pets face with the sweets we get for Halloween, what kind of costumes work best for pets, and what to do if you suspect your pet has ingested something that is more trick and less treat.
Physician's Money Digest: On-Air - Inflation Reduction Act
The Inflation Reduction Act is a new law that could have major impacts on a physician’s finances and investment portfolio. We sat down with Syed Nishat of the Wall Street Alliance Group to discuss what physicians need to know about this major legislation, and what it might mean for their taxes and investment accounts.
Wellbeing Checkup: Secondary Traumatic Stress
On this episode of “Wellbeing Checkup,” Angie Arora, MSW, RSW, veterinary wellness coach, educator & advocate from Toronto, Canada, explains that veterinary professionals experience especially high exposure to secondary traumatic stress as they work with both patients and clients. Arora describes that there is a gap on how to process the effects of such trauma and delves into the importance of self-regulation and how this can address this problem and promote well-being.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into 2023 Predictions for Women’s Health
Alison Cowan, MD, board-certified ob-gyn and head of medical affairs for Mirvie, discusses the latest predictions for women’s health in 2023. From Maternal mortality to preterm birth, Cowan dives into what health conditions will be affecting women most in 2023 and how the specialty is trying to combat these issues.
Medical Economics Inside the Practice: Inside Remote Patient Monitoring
Inside the Practice takes a look at the growing popularity of remote patient monitoring as a patient service and revenue stream for practices. Aaron Nye, an executive at 100plus, discusses how practices can start an RPM program, or take theirs to the next level.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Benzene Exposure Risks in Dry Shampoo Products
Multinational consumer goods company Unilever announced a voluntary product recall of various popular dry shampoo aerosol products—including those from brands such as Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI and TRESemmé—due to risk of increased benzene levels, in mid-October. The announced recall, per the FDA, coincided with an internal investigation by the company into the cause of increased benzene exposure risk—identifying the products’ aerosol propellant, provided by an outside supplier, as the source. As the FDA noted, benzene is a human carcinogen that, through increased inhaled, oral or subcutaneous exposure, may increase risk of leukemia and other blood cancers or disorders. While benzene is prevalent in daily indoor and outdoor environments, recalled products generally carry a substantial risk of increased exposure, and the FDA recommends affected consumers stop using recalled products and report adverse reactions to their adverse event reporting program.
Wellbeing Checkup: Recognizing Stress as a Risk Factor
At the American Heart Association’s 2022 Scientific Sessions, a pair of studies leveraging data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis described the impact of work-related and financial stress on cardiovascular disease risk. While on-site at AHA 2022, Practical Cardiology sat down with study investigator Erin Michos, MD, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, to learn more about the results of this study and how they underline the importance of mental wellbeing in holistic health.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Managing Food Allergies During the Holidays
In an interview with Pharmacy Times, allergist Maxcie Sikora, MD, discussed steps parents and clinicians can take to minimize the risk of food-induced allergic reactions during the holiday season. Parties and get-togethers often present challenges, with home-cooked food that can have hidden allergens. To avoid allergic reactions, Sikora suggested some steps families can take, including hosting events and teaching children to ask before eating.
After Hours: Boosting Brain Health Through Music
“I find music is really a key instrument in regulating my brain health in all sorts of different ways.” In this installment of After Hours, Harris A. Eyre, MD, PhD, shares how listening to different types of music helps him both productivity and relaxation.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Pet Wearable Technology
Veterinary technician Kirsten Oliver outlines the new wearable technology for pets available on the market just in time for gifting this holiday season. She describes their benefits and drawbacks, the array of features these wearable techs have, and more.
Behind the Science: Behind Unmet Needs in the Lymphoma Space
We asked a variety of lymphoma experts what unmet needs they still believe must be filled in their respective fields. Oncologists focus on multiple spaces, such as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, follicular lymphoma, and more. Some answers included the need for more treatment options to help treat patients, to further understand why patients relapse, and move away from using chemotherapy in the front-line setting.
After Hours: Finding Leisure in Exercise, Whiskey, and Wine
Along with managing the day-to-day operations of a cancer clinic and advocating for value-based care delivery, Kathy Oubre, chief operating officer of the Pontchartrain Cancer Center in Louisiana, is a self-described “gym rat” who enjoys exercise at the gym and long hikes with her family. On today’s After Hours, Kathy speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the benefits she gains from her active lifestyle, as well as her growing collection of unique wines, bourbons, and whiskies that she shares with her husband, David.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Chronic Fatigue
Fibromyalgia, long COVID, and chronic fatigue syndrome have many of the same symptoms, so how do they differ? Where do they come from? And how are they differentiated? Infection Control Today® spoke with Seth Lederman, MD, a rheumatologist to answer questions about these 3 conditions.
Behind the Science: Behind Potential of Preventing Seizures in TSC Through Sirolimus
Initiated in October 2021, TSC Steps is a phase 1/2 study that is the first of its kind to evaluate a targeted, disease-modifying therapy for preventing or delaying seizure onset in tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) using a mechanism based approach. Led by Darcy Krueger, MD, PhD, the study use TAVT-18, a novel formulation of sirolimus (Ramapune; Pfizer), an FDA-approved medication for TSC that aims to regulate the target of rapamycin signaling pathway. This discussion talks about how sirolimus had been previously used and the nuances with treatment decisions.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Sea Turtle Conservation Efforts
According to the World Wildlife Fund, Inc, nearly all species of sea turtles are classified as endangered, with 3 of the 7 existing species being critically endangered. On this episode of “Deep Dive,” Liz Barton, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, MCIPR, head of communications of VetCT, highlights VetCT initiatives aimed at supporting sea turtle research and welfare, including the company’s offering of free teleradiology reports and specialist advice to those treating and rehabilitating sick and injured sea turtles.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into RSV
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that typically causes mild, cold-like symptoms. However, this season we’ve seen an unprecedented number of severe RSV cases in young children and older adults. Dr. Tina Tan joins Deep Dive to explain why this year’s RSV is so early and deadly, as well as to discuss the most promising candidates in the race to the first-ever RSV vaccine.
Wellbeing Checkup: Fear Free Environment for Employees
We often hear about Fear Free environments for pets in the veterinary space. However, on this episode of “Wellbeing Checkup,” Dr. Peter Weinstein, president of PAW Consulting, described his concept of a Fear Free environment for employees as well. This promotes a safe, comfortable workplace for all free of hostility and toxicity, improving staff members’ mental health and ultimately, helping to provide the best care to patients and clients.
After Hours: Award-Winning Fiddler
Dr. Robin Downing talks about a fascinating musical talent she has—playing the fiddle! In fact, she even was named an award-winning old-time fiddler during her time in practice in Northern Wyoming. She details this experience along with other stories associated with her fiddle playing and how it has offered a source of joy in her life outside of vet med.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Advancing Health Equity
Initially starting in 2011 as a ministry that offered food, clothing, and other services to community members in Pittsburgh, the Neighborhood Resilience Project has since gained national attention for its work on promoting health and resiliency in trauma-affected communities. Reverend Paul Abernathy, CEO of the Neighborhood Resilience Project, speaks on the challenges presented in managing underserved communities and advice he would give to other community stakeholders in pursuing health equity.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Airplane Travel with Pets
A lot of information is up in the air when it comes to traveling with pets on planes. That’s why on this episode of “Deep Dive”, a veterinarian at Delta Air Lines answers frequently asked questions pet owners may have on this topic—from the difference between traveling with dogs versus cats to the required documentation forms—so you can inform clients on what to know before their next trip.
After Hours: The Emergency Medicine Mummer Who Saved a Stranger
New Year’s Day 2023 was one to remember in Philadelphia, as the city’s famous annual Mummers Parade in the morning gave way to an afternoon kickoff for Eagles football just down the road. South New Jersey native Vincent Basile was taking in both festive events on his Sunday off—first participating in the parade as a costumed Mummer with his friends, as has been their tradition through the years, then borrowing his dad’s season tickets to watch the Eagles take on the Saints later that day. But as the game approached halftime, a man collapsed in Basile’s section, no longer breathing and bleeding from the mouth. Still fully dressed in his vibrant Mummers costume and surrounded by thousands of distracted fans, the third-year emergency medicine resident at the local Einstein Medical Center snapped into action and made a memorable New Year’s Day one he could actually never forget. In an interview with Kevin Kunzmann, associate editorial director of HCPLive and an old acquaintance of Basile’s, the young doctor reflected on the events that led to his and a nurse’s resuscitation of a stranger at the game. Basile also discussed the physician’s mindset in a sudden medical emergency, as well as the correlation of his story with that of NFL player Damar Hamlin, who was resuscitated on national television during a Monday Football Game only one day later.
Medical Economics Inside the Practice: Inside New Ways to Address Social Drivers of Health
Leaders within the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have proposed the new Universal Foundation, a core set of quality measures that align across programs currently using various criteria to assess physicians, clinicians, and health care settings. The Physicians Foundation believes that federal leadership can become a meaningful – even historic – step forward in changing how doctors, patients, and payers address drivers of health (DOH). Also called social drivers or social determinants of health (SDOH), those factors can range from food insecurity to transportation or utility issues, to interpersonal safety. Physicians Foundation President Gary Price, MD, MBA, explains this connection.
After Hours: Three-Day Eventing
Andi Davison, positive change agent with Flourish Veterinary Consulting, shares her passion for the equestrian sport, three-day eventing. She explains how the sport works, life lessons it’s taught her, plus describes the one-of-a-kind bond she has with her beloved horse and teammate, Boston.
Deep Dive: Into BCG Drug Shortage
A recent study found that shortages of the bladder cancer drug BCG have led to variation in state treatment patterns for NMIBC. In this interview, study author Brian Chun, MD, discusses the findings. Chun is a urology resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
Wellbeing Checkup: Yoga & Meditation
Jeffery Neul, MD, PhD, the director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, and professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, talked about how he takes care of his wellbeing in his practice. He also shared some self-care tips for clinicians who want to provide quality care for their patients and quality work in their research.
Behind the Science: Behind Alternative Career Paths for Pharmacy Technicians
As nontraditional pharmacy career paths grow, pharmacy technicians have begun to find space to grow as well. On this episode, experts highlight their various roles in the pharmacy, including pharmacy regulatory specialists, a drug diversion analyst, a pharmacy education support specialist, and a pharmacy distribution specialist.
Deep Dive: Into Ayurvedic Medicine Systems
New York-based Ayurvedic practitioner Simmi Chopra provides insight into the guiding principles of Ayurvedic medicine, why healing should look different depending on an individual’s body constitution, and the major ideological differences between Ayurveda and Western medicine.
After Hours: MayhemTom
Tom John, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, deputy director of the medical oncology service at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Australia, makes music under the name MayhemTom in his spare time. He recently released his debut LP, The Art of Flying While Falling, and spoke about his experiences making music as a practicing oncologist.
Deep Dive: Into Volunteer Veterinarians and Amici Cannis
Marian Schenk, DVM, details her travel experience to Ecuador with the non-profit organization Amici Cannis and the Tufts International Alumni Student Service Program. During her time volunteering, she was able to offer sterilization, vaccination and other veterinary treatments, but also educate the people about the humane treatment of animals. All this while mentoring a current Tufts veterinary student and providing continuing education for local veterinarians.