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Modern Medicine Viewpoints

Is end-of-life planning truly necessary?
Is end-of-life planning truly necessary?Do you know what treatments your patients would want if they became seriously or even terminally ill?
I was born in Houston, moved to Dallas for two years at age 8, moved to Los Angeles for five years, then came back to Dallas. I went to Houston for college and moved back to Dallas 33 years ago when I graduated.
Times are changing, and the amount of information coming at us from all directions can easily be overwhelming. This information—whether true or false—is unrelenting and has increased in magnitude over the past five years. Part of it may be the natural progression of one’s career and the expansion of one’s network, but most of it is just the sheer volume that is at our fingertips.
Conjunctival chalasis, or conjunctivochalasis (Cch), is a commonly observed condition in our everyday patient care experiences. Because it is so common, and because a majority of patients are asymptomatic, optometrists seldom feel the need treat.
Why do we keep prescribing heroin to patients?
Why do we keep prescribing heroin to patients?Let us all remember when the pen hits the prescription pad to write for an opioid that heroin is an opioid, too.
Researchers: Hepatitis C virus control needs a public health approachA new study suggests a public health approach is necessary to control the spread of hepatitis C virus in urban communities.
DAAs safely treat chronic kidney disease in HCV patientsDirect-acting antiviral therapy with sofosbuvir-based combinations safely and effectively treats HCV infection in patients with early-stage chronic kidney disease.
Keratoconus treatment has changed much over the past several years. Avedro’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of corneal cross-linking has given more patients hope for better vision.
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are devices designed to deliver nicotine in a solution rather than smoke without tobacco combustion. Perceived by consumers as a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are aggressively marketed as lifestyle-choice consumables.
Having a presence on social media is not absolutely necessary to run a successful practice, but it can be a valuable tool in connecting with patients and diverse communities. If used wisely, social media can help grow a practice.