Category Archives: Features

Rethinking Proper Splinting and Concussion Treatment

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A recent University of Maryland study found that 93% of splints for pediatric fractures are applied improperly, and a neurologist explains that a uniform clinical algorithm doesn’t exit for treating concussions, with a discussion on why rest may not be the best approach.

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Women’s Health Roundup

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Our experts discuss the growing options for breast reconstruction, including free tissue transfer, as well as non-surgical options for cosmetic procedures. They also discuss why pelvic pain, which affects nearly half of women, should not be dismissed.

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Bariatric Surgery: An Underutilized Tool

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Obesity has proven one of the least tractable health issues, with only about 1% of those using traditional medical and lifestyle changes to lose weight able to keep it off long term. Studies show that bariatric surgery not only can maintain weight loss, but also can positively impact metabolic syndrome and other associated conditions.

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Caring for Advanced Complex Illnesses

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As U.S. life expectancy increases, so does the number of those living with disabilities. As a result, physicians are treating more patients with advanced complex illnesses (ACI). Our experts discuss how to provide compassionate, anticipatory care for these patients and their families.

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New Insights Into Autism

The CDC estimates that 1% of the world population has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and its prevalence is growing at an alarming rate. New studies highlight the importance of early screening and intervention, and indicate that those with ASD may lack the normal pruning of neural connections.

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Managing Pain, Avoiding Addiction

With opiate abuse and deaths a growing problem, physicians have a responsibility to help patients manage pain without contributing to the trend. Physicians discuss how Maryland’s PDMP can help flag abuse and they offer alternatives to opioids.

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Tomosynthesis: Better Detection of Breast Cancer

Maryland mammographers discuss how their experience and a recent study indicate that tomosynthesis, the newer 3D approach to mammography, detects more crucial breast cancers while reducing callbacks.

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Enhancing Diagnostic Accuracy

An explosion in the types and complexity of diagnostic tests makes it challenging for physicians to order and interpret with confidence. Here’s a guide for ensuring more accurate diagnoses without running into reimbursement issues.

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Eating Disorders: The Illness of Secrets

Millions of Americans are estimated to have an eating disorder, a serious constellation of conditions that entail extreme attitudes and behaviors related to food and weight. Experts explain why these disorders are trending younger and how treatment has evolved.

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Women’s Health Update

Preconception planning for diabetic women, growing data on the value of prophylactic oophorectomies and the DNA test as a possible alternative to the Pap test are featured in this issue’s women’s health update.

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