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Although heart failure contributes to millions of hospitalizations in the United States each year that significantly impact patient prognosis, treatment is often focused on managing symptoms rather than on optimizing therapy.1,2 In this episode, featuring cardiologist Dr Javed Butler of the University of Mississippi, we will discuss best practices for navigating a heart failure hospitalization, including assessment of the patient’s clinical trajectory and optimization of guideline-directed medical therapy.


The clinical course of heart failure is punctuated by multiple episodes of hospitalization,1-3 leading to poor outcomes and high and escalating costs.4,5 This highlights the need to reimagine how heart failure care is delivered. In this episode, featuring Dr Nihar Desai of the Yale School of Medicine, we will explore the interplay between implementing quality improvement initiatives, specifically value-based care models, and optimizing heart failure care.


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Are the technological addictions really bone fide mental disorders or just an exaggeration of everyday social and personal ailments of the 21st century? The spectrum of illness that encompasses the technological addictions feels like a slippery slope that starts with discrete and legitimate medical conditions and tumbles all the way down to capricious (and occasionally fraudulent) medicalization of everyday life. In this session, we emphasize the latest scientific literature on this emerging field of medicine. We will focus on the following seven technological addictions: 1. Video and Computer Games 2. Cybersex and Online Porn 3. Internet Gambling 4. Texting and Emailing 5. Internet Surfing and Information Overload 6. Social Media 7. Online Auctions and Shopping Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on July 23, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.


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One in fifty people in the U.S. has an unruptured brain aneurysm, and 30,000 of them rupture every year. Despite low frequency, brain aneurysms are high in mortality, because the lack of a timely diagnosis often leads to death. Complicating matters more, many of the symptoms are associated with other less dangerous conditions such as influenza or stress. This session will focus on the importance of early detection via proper diagnosis and scanning, and the faculty will discuss treatment options for participants to recognize or use in practice. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on July 23, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.


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In this presentation, Dr. Vollmer will discuss how COVID-19 has created a mental health crisis. This mental health crisis consists of mourning our bygone lives, adjusting to new fears and anxieties along with severe constrictions on our leisure time. The audience member will learn to make a mental health diagnosis during COVID-19 in both children and adults. The participant will also learn to work with previously vulnerable psychiatric patients during COVID-19. Additionally, in this presentation, Dr. Vollmer will take a look at healthcare provider mental health during COVID-19, and the resulting crisis to providers. The last two sections of the presentation will be a discussion of the shift to on-line mental health interventions and at-home tools for mental health that can be used for both providers and patients. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on 07/23/2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.


PrimaryCareNOW: Recorded Live on July 23, 2020

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4.00 AANP | 0.63 Pharmacology


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Coadministration of drugs should be done with caution, because drug-drug interactions can cause serious adverse effects. Being cognizant of relevant pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacogenetics aspects of a variety of drugs, including analgesics, can reduce such effects.


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Most patients between ages 18 and 64 presenting to primary care practices have a comorbidity that increases their risk for invasive pneumococcal disease and thus warrants immunization. These comorbidities include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease (such as asthma or COPD), liver disease, smoking, and others. This podcast will discuss the recommendations for pneumococcal vaccines in this population.


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In this podcast, Dr. Matthew Drake, a pulmonary and critical care medicine specialist at Oregon Health & Science University, will answer questions regarding diagnosis, evaluation and management of severe asthma. He will review how to identify and evaluate patients with severe asthma, and will describe newer treatments available for patients with specific subtypes of severe asthma. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording on 5/29/2020 and they are subject to change as new information is published.


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In this episode of Coffee with Chopra, Dr. Sanjiv Chopra will interview family practitioner, Dr. Frank Domino. They will discuss the latest data on vitamin D supplementation, the importance of exercise and how to motivate patients to exercise, new and emerging diets and how these diets can impact patients with certain health issues including diabetes and NAFLD, and new data around proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use and COVID-19. As Hippocrates said, “Let thy food be thy medicine.”