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Management of patients with atrial fibrillation has long centered on the relative merits of rate control versus rhythm control. The CASTLE-AF trial evaluated catheter ablation as a treatment for patients with both heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and atrial fibrillation. Listen to this week’s podcast episode to learn about the results of this new trial and how the catheter ablation impacted clinical outcomes.

In this week’s episode, we’ll be continuing the discussion on the AAN’s updated practice guideline on mild cognitive impairment. Last week’s podcast episode provided an overview of the updated practice guideline, and this week’s episode focuses on treatment recommendations.

The American Academy of Neurology recently published the first updated practice guideline on mild cognitive impairment since 2001. Listen to this week’s episode for an overview of the updated practice guideline, which includes a systematic review of prevalence, prognosis, screening, and treatment research with clear recommendations for practicing clinicians


The Infectious Disease Society of America in conjunction with the American Thoracic Society have updated their guidelines on diagnosing and treating Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) in adults. Recommended changes from the 2007 guidelines include how to address the growing issue of antibiotic resistance. We will review this latest recommendation, focusing on the best approach for outpatient care.

This observational study found adding very little activity, akin to going for a 30 minute walk or converting to a standing desk for half your workday, lowered all-cause and cardiovascular mortality.

Direct acting oral anticoagulants are increasingly used for stroke prevention for individuals with atrial fibrillation. Whether these agents are as safe and effective as warfarin has been a concern for many clinicians, but recent comparative effectiveness analyses are providing answers. In this week’s podcast episode, we will review these recent studies and draw some conclusions about which agents are best.


This study looked at hospitalizations following legislation that legalized marijuana use in Colorado compared to two states that have not legalized marijuana, New York and Oklahoma. The goal was to determine what impact this law might have on common and chronic conditions. It found hospitalizations for some conditions increased while issues of social anxiety disorder decreased.

Listen to this week’s episode to learn about the basic concepts of behavioral activation (BA), what research has demonstrated about its use in depression, and how to apply BA in everyday care.

Patients with chronic diseases, including coronary artery disease, are advised to get yearly flu shots because they are at higher risk for having a more severe illness. Canadian researchers have found that in the week following being diagnosed with the flu, adults over 65 years old have a significantly increased risk of myocardial infection


Multiple organizations have issued guidelines on breast cancer screening, but these guidelines are often conflicting. Recently the American College of Physicians (ACP) reviewed the data supporting 7 different guideline recommendation and issued new guidance on breast cancer screening for average risk women. Join our discussion of the ACP’s summary recommendations to help develop a consistent approach to breast cancer screening in your practice.

In this session we discuss the impact of length of sleep on obesity and DM II.