Monthly Archives: January 2022

Do you really need that pap? See the updated cervical cancer screening guidelines.

Updated cervical cancer screening guidelines.  Do you really need that pap? Why test for cervical cancer?  4000 patients still die annually from cervical cancer.  This is dramatically decreased compared to the 1950s, but racial and socioeconomic disparities continue to contribute … Continue reading

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Mobility devices. WHICH is best for WHOM?

Mobility devices are used by nearly 30% of adults 65 years and older when OUTside the home and 26% use them INside the home. These devices often help decrease the risk and the fear of falling in older adults. Assistive … Continue reading

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New test for inflammatory bowel disease!

New test for inflammatory bowel disease! Fecal calprotectin is a protein expressed by neutrophils (white blood cells).  The presence of fecal calprotectin is a sensitive indicator that the gastrointestinal tract is inflamed.  Conversely, the absence of fecal calprotectin is a … Continue reading

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Does melatonin help older adults sleep?

Does melatonin help older adults sleep? Melatonin does (!) help older adults sleep.  It has been shown that melatonin preparations help people fall asleep faster, increase total sleep time, and slightly improve sleep efficiency.  Prolonged-release melatonin like ramelteon is thought … Continue reading

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Alcohol Withdrawal syndrome. Can this be managed as an outpatient?

Alcohol Withdrawal syndrome.  Can this be managed as an outpatient? Half of patients with alcohol use disorder who abruptly reduce or stop their alcohol intake develop signs or symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Why does alcohol withdrawal syndrome occur?  The … Continue reading

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