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September 2015, Vol 3, No 9

Pharmacists and clinicians may have the opportunity to expand the service offerings in their pharmacy or clinic. It is an exciting time for innovation, with hurdles along the way.
As healthcare practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners working in retail clinics, we need to continually review information available about new products, treatment guidelines, and product usage and availability. Beyond these clinical, pharmacologic, and supply components, we also need to keep up-to-date with articles trending in the lay press and on the Internet. The cover story in the August 2015 issue of Consumer Reports, “The Rise of Superbugs,” focuses on antibiotic resistance, and what can be done before it is too late. It is a good read, and will help healthcare practitioners gain a better perspective on consumer awareness of antibiotic resistance. It is also timely because our government announced a 5-year plan to stem antibiotic resistance this past March.
  • Pediatric Patients with HIV Vaccinated for MMR Still Lack Immunity
  • New Blood Test Predicts Clinical Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease Risk
  • Overhydration Should Not Be Ignored in Athletes
  • Pharmacists and Physicians Can E-Prescribe, Dispense Controlled Substances
  • Chantix Not Linked to Depression, Heart Risks
Today, many areas in the United States lack sufficient resources to adequately treat the increasing number of patients with mental and behavioral illnesses.
Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States, affecting 3.5% of women, 2% of men, and ≤1.6% of adolescents. It is characterized by recurring episodes of consuming large amounts of food quickly and to the point of discomfort. If you are concerned about the eating habits of a loved one, the following signs may provide more information about whether they may have binge eating disorder.
Everyone should receive the influenza (flu) vaccine, but which one? Since the 2010-2011 flu season, the Advisory Com­mittee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended universal influenza vaccinations for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have vaccine contraindications.
Change comes at a price. While there is little doubt that biologics have changed the landscape of therapy in rheumatic diseases, they have also raised the costs of healthcare in the process.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is constantly changing, and because medications are being improved, the recommendations for the best ways to treat HIV are being updated regularly.
A quick review of the evening news will often reveal stories of someone in an organization either doing wrong or blowing the whistle on someone else who did wrong. No organization is immune from having its reputation questioned when an employee or manager is caught violating ethical or legal standards, and the fallout can be damaging in many ways.
As a healthcare professional with substantial income—or income potential—you will most likely be contacted by a number of individuals offering various types of financial products and services throughout your career.
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