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Anti-trans laws will chill medical news and research

On this year’s Transgender Visibility Day, we should be celebrating accomplishments, honoring resilience, and loudly advocating for the rights of trans people. Yet the growing onslaught of anti-trans legislation targeting the healthcare decisions families make with their doctors threatens to cast a shadow over this day. About a year ago I lost a family member […]

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Groundbreaking pain researcher Lascelles to receive Distinguished Professorship

Duncan Lascelles, internationally renowned pain expert, professor of translational pain research and management at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, will be the recipient of the Dr. J. McNeely and Lynne K. DuBose Professor Emeritus Chair in Health musculoskeletal. He is director of the Comparative Pain Research and Education Center at NC State. He will […]

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The record breakers | News from the Department of Medicine

Broadband and the heart Ashley, a self-proclaimed “tech geek”, was drawn to medicine as the child of a doctor and a midwife. At 16, he became fascinated with genetics while reading Richard Dawkins’ book The selfish gene. After completing medical school at the University of Glasgow and a medical residency and doctorate in molecular physiology […]

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Inaugural Clinician Ceremony for Class of 2024 – School of Medicine News

Classmates show off the stethoscope and pledge they received during the clinicians ceremony. Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Class of 2024 began medical school in 2020, just four months after the COVID-19 pandemic began. The pandemic has forced the cancellation of all in-person teachings and events, including the traditional White Coat Ceremony usually held […]

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Encounter with elderly terminal cancer patient inspires NUS medical student to write award-winning poem

His poem has just won the prestigious poetry prize awarded by the Annals of Internal Medicine, one of the most cited medical journals in the world. The 23-year-old is also the only undergraduate to receive the award since its inception in 2003. She is donating the entire US$500 (S$678) prize money to the NUH Children’s […]

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Wake Forest School of Medicine student awaits ‘game day’ results

It’s “game day” at medical schools across the country. An exciting and challenging stage for fourth-year medical students. They will know where they complete their residencies after graduation when the envelopes are opened at noon. Wake Forest School of Medicine student Lauren West-Livingston said she was excited to know where she will be paired up. […]

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First Person: Retirement, Emergency Medicine Style: Emergency Medicine News

Figure Figure Residency is a time of excitement, optimism, ideas for the future and connection, a time when we contemplate change and potential possibilities. My residency class consisted of eight incredible individuals, two females and six males. We had people from all stages of life: single and married, some in their second careers, others […]

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The Day – In Ukraine, a desperate search for much-needed medicine

KYIV, Ukraine – The temperature was below freezing and the pharmacy queue was way outside the door. But Tetyana Dagadaeva could not be deterred. For days, she and her 11-year-old son, Oleksiy, had been desperately seeking the insulin he needed to survive. With his home supply dwindling, they will soon have no choice but to […]

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New: Push Me(ds), Pull Me: Emergency Medicine News

Figure: sedation, best practices, single blanket Figure I’m unabashedly proud of how good EPs are at multitasking and task switching (we fight a lot about how we can get out of a code and into the next room without a break), but I never feel this more intensely than when doing a sedation procedure on […]

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IITs to offer medical courses? Draft UGC rules call for phasing out domain-specific institutes

New Delhi: Autonomous, domain-specific institutions should be phased out and make way for multidisciplinary institutions, suggest the latest interim guidelines from the University Grants Commission (UGC) released on Saturday. The implication is that institutions that offer a single discipline like medicine, engineering, management should transform into one that offers everything under one roof. Seeking to […]

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Duquesne University Opens Future College of Osteopathic Medicine News, sports, weather, traffic and the best of Pittsburgh

Adidas unveils new retro Penguins ‘Team Classics’ jerseyAdidas has released a new Penguins throwback jersey – and for Pittsburgh hockey fans, it will be a trip down memory lane. 2 hours ago KDKA-TV Afternoon Forecast (3/1)Stay on top of local weather with meteorologist Kristin Emery’s 7-day forecast! 2 hours ago Duquesne University Inaugurates Future College […]

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After the game: no excuses not to recruit MRUs : Emergency Medicine News

Figure: URM, GME, equity in emerging markets Figure Health care facilities create or expand diversity programs to address gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation gaps. Higher medical education has a particular interest in recruiting underrepresented minorities (URMs). This effort is more complex than I can cover in this space. Centuries of racial oppression are hard to […]

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Post-It Pearls: Phenobarbital for alcohol withdrawal symptoms… : Emergency Medicine News

Post-it beads Phenobarbital for alcohol withdrawal symptoms Lin, Michelle MD doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000824164.73418.8a Metric Figure: alcohol withdrawal, phenobarbital, best practices Figure Does your patient have more than a mild case of alcohol withdrawal symptoms? Consider giving IV phenobarbital as a first-line agent instead of a benzodiazepine. The initial dose is usually 130 to 260 […]

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Clinical Pearl: Withdrawal of buprenorphine-precipitated opioids… : Emergency Medicine News

Figure: buprenorphine, opioid withdrawal, substance use disorder BY EMEDHOME.COM Buprenorphine-precipitated opioid withdrawal is seen in physically opioid-dependent patients who have recently taken full agonist opioids and are subsequently receiving buprenorphine. (J Addict Med. 2021 Nov 16. doi:10.1097/ADM.0000000000000929.) Withdrawal intensity can range from mild to life-threatening. (J Addict Med. 2021 Nov 16. doi:10.1097/ADM.0000000000000929; Cardiovascular toxicol. […]

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Letter to the Editor: Getting the Truth: Emergency Medicine News

Editor: What about the sensational stories on the front page of the January issue? While I agree with the spirit that EPs that spread misinformation should lose board certification, who gets to decide? This year’s misinformation could be next year’s standard of care. Should doctors who were against solumedrol for spinal cord injury (heresy […]

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Bradycardia: A long list of possible ECG causes : Emergency Medicine News

Figure: cardiology, ECG Figure Doctors were called to a private residence by the family of a woman in her 80s with ESRD, hypertension and diabetes who could not be fully awakened from a nap. Her husband said it was like the lights were on, but no one was home. She had missed dialysis the […]

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News: AAEM sues Envision for practice of medicine in business : Emergency Medicine News

Figure: AAEM, Envision, company medicine When Placentia-Linda Hospital, a Tenet-owned facility in Placentia, California, awarded a contract to manage and staff its emergency department to Glass Beach Medical Services, a company controlled by Envision Physician Services , Placentia Linda Emergency Physicians (PLEP) and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Physicians Group, Inc., (AAEM-PG), which provided […]

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Goddess of emergencies: bailing out the COVID-19 tidal wave : Emergency Medicine News

Figure: COVID-19, pandemic outbreak Figure It’s Christmas Day. I sent my fiancé Matt to work with Bojangles fried chicken and chocolate cake, but our brief afternoon phone conversation made it clear that none of his ER workers will have time to eat it. “Sandy, people are coming in carloads. I just had a family of […]

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Diversity matters: How to address health disparities… : Emergency medicine news

Figure: COVID-19, equity in emerging markets, health disparities Figure We have seen an unprecedented increase in demand for emergency services throughout the pandemic. Many emergency departments receive patients who otherwise (pre-pandemic) would never have entered the medical system. This interaction between constants (staff, space, resources) and variables (volume of patients, patient acuity, seasonality) changes daily. […]

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The speed of sound: Symptoms : Right eye pain : Emergency Medicine News

Figure: ultrasound, right eye pain, laceration, asteroid hyalosis Figure A 55-year-old man complained of pain in his right eye. He reported that the pain started after he hit his head against a door. He noted floaters in that eye, but said they had been there for several years. He had a history of […]

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Standing AFFIRM: Placing the “public” in public health : Emergency Medicine News

Figure: public health, armed violence, violence prevention Figure Americans come together in grief over every gun tragedy and senseless loss of life. We share our astonishment that the people closest to the attacker did not recognize the warning signs and appropriate precautions were not taken when strong risk factors are identified from dangerous people with […]

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POV: Titanic sinks without nurses : Emergency Medicine News

Figure: nursing, understaffed, EM workforce The shortage of nurses in the emergency department has been a beleaguered issue for years in which the staffing grid has never quite matched the help in the field due to calls, mentorship, management or of a handful of other shell game explanations that makes an ED feel fully staffed […]

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Letter to the editor: ABEM could face future lawsuits : Emergency Medicine News

Letters to the Editor Emergency Medicine News welcomes letters to the editor on any topic related to emergency medicine. Please limit your letter to 250 words and include your full name, references, city and state of residence or practice. Letters can be edited for content, length and grammar. Submission of a letter constitutes […]

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Viewpoint: Government can do better with COVID-19 : Emergency Medicine News

Figure: public health policy, COVID-19, government I often ruminate on the first patient I lost to COVID-19. What was different about her, besides being young and pregnant, was that she was my first. We knew so little in the spring of 2020 and we had so few tools to fight the virus. These losses sometimes […]

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Quick Reference: Symptoms: Syncope and Chest Pressure : Emergency Medicine News

Figure: syncope, chest tightness, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy Figure Figure A 70-year-old woman with a history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia and gastric adenocarcinoma in remission presented to the emergency room with near-syncope and chest pain immediately after learning of the death of a family member due to COVID-19. Chest pain was described as nonradiating retrosternal, pressure-like, nonpositional, […]

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What’s Underneath: The Goodness of Larvae : Emergency Medicine News

Figure: maggots, chronic disease management Figure This month’s article, in a particular confluence of previous columns, explores the power of nomenclature, reclaimed ancient remedies, the philosophical question of managing chronic conditions so they don’t clog service urgency and the general scope of strangeness. These are maggots. Listen to me. Many years ago, a […]