MDedge Perspectives

 
 

  • Top 10 Unproven Infertility Tests and Treatments Mark P. Trolice, MD, discusses popular but unproven fertility methods.
  • Hormonal Management of Gender-Diverse Patients: SOC8 Updates These guidelines also recognize knowledge deficits and are intended to be flexible to meet the individual needs of transgender patients.
  • Meditation for Children Experts discuss the benefits of meditation for children and teens with anxiety and depression.
  • Sick Call 'We reached the high water mark for physicians calling out sick from my department this year. That's saying a lot. Our docs, like most, don't call out sick,' Dr Jeffrey Benabio writes in his column.
  • With a Little Help From Our Friends Schuyler W. Henderson, MD talks about conversations to have with adolescents about how and when to reach out to their peers vs adults for help.
  • Discoveries in Diabetic Embryogenesis Thomas R. Moore, MD, discusses innovations in the care of women with diabetes who are pregnant.
  • Medical Software Templates: Use at Your Own Peril Neurologist Allan Block warns that "regardless of how harmless and unintentional it might be," medical templates' default settings can annoy patients and other offices and should be monitored.
  • How Can I Keep From Losing My Mind? Douglas A. Paauw, MD, discusses how patients can exercise their brains to prevent dementia.
  • Bugs, Drugs, and the Placenta Experts discuss the mechanisms that the body has in place for protection, such as the blood-brain barrier and the placenta.
  • Should Healthcare Be a Right? Neurologist Allan Block notes that in the United States, healthcare isn't guaranteed, and questions whether it should it be -- even though food, water, and shelter are also not considered rights.
  • The Lives of Drug Users Are More Important Than Stopping Drug Use Elisabeth Poorman, MD, MPH, says doctors should allow for gradual improvement in drug users' health rather than an abstinence-only approach.
  • COPD Guidelines 2022 Linda Girgis, MD, discusses new guidelines for managing COPD, including 160 new entries in the GOLD 2022 report.
  • Caring for the Aging Transgender Patient K. Ashley Brandt, DO, discusses often overlooked care options for older transgender patients as their numbers continue to grow.
  • The 'Root Cause' Visit Lately, the root cause visit seems to be on trend, Jeffrey Benabio, MD, writes in his column.
  • WPATH Guidelines Changed Treatment M. Brett Cooper, MD, discusses the new WPATH guidelines for care of youth with gender dysphoria.
  • Tourette's Diagnosis Key for Best Care Amelia B. Roth, MD, discusses a child's case of Tourette syndrome and how early diagnosis can help.
  • Congenital Syphilis Still a Public Health Concern Bonnie M. Word, MD, says syphilis is still having an impact on public health.
  • How to Remain Apolitical With Patients Hard Talk columnists note that many patients may enter treatment with concerns they will be judged for their political beliefs, which may lead to their refusal to divulge clinically relevant information.
  • Iron Deficiency May Protect Against Bacterial Pneumonia Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency, but iron is also required for the survival and growth of pathogens, experts say.
  • Drug Abusers Will Find a Way Neurologist Allan Block weighs in on Walgreens' decision to no longer carry promethazine/codeine cough syrup, with the "unwritten reason likely because of its popularity for abuse."