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Concussion and Mild TBI

Concussions occur in sports and recreation-related activities every year. In 2014, about 2.87 million TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in the United States, including over 837,000 of these health events among children. Symptoms...
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Screening and Management of Age and Medically Related Driving Impairment

Driving is an important means of mobility and independence for older adults, but as people age, they often experience impairments that interfere with their ability to drive safely. Many states require physicians and surgeons to report individuals with dementia, loss of...
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Palliative Care

An increasing body of evidence shows Palliative Care’s benefits in conjunction with usual care throughout the serious illness continuum. When included in patients’ care, studies show increased well-being, decreased aggressiveness of care at the end of life, and...
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Physician Communication and Care Management: Leadership Strategies

Physicians don’t always communicate appropriately with one another. Multiple elements of the healthcare environment make good communication more challenging. The COVID-19 pandemic can provide additional communication barriers. Lack of communication or miscommunication can result...
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Leadership in Crisis

Although healthcare professionals are expected to demonstrate leadership skills in normal times, leadership during a crisis requires an altogether different skill set. Healthcare professionals have recently experienced a catastrophic crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, where...
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Human Factor-Based Leadership for Reduction of Burnout and Latent Medical Error

All professions have seen a rapid increase in stress, healthcare clinicians’ burnout has multiplied even more dramatically and even more since the COVID-19 pandemic started. A recent University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) survey indicated that burnout increases when...
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Connecting the Brain, Gut, Diet, and Microbiome

The role of the gut-brain-microbiome-diet axis is revolutionizing our understanding of health and disease. New approaches to prevention, screening, and therapy are anticipated. The entire field has made tremendous strides with the advent of new technology to identify the human...
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Laughter (and Chocolate) is the Best Medicine

The value of humor and laughter are underappreciated in modern medical practice. There is scientific evidence that there are many important physiological responses. These include hormones, neurotransmitters, cytokines, and other metabolites that influence the immune response,...
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COVID-19 TREATMENT & PREVENTION UPDATE

During the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous antiviral agents, immunotherapies, and vaccines continue to be investigated and developed as potential therapies in the fight against COVID-19. Currently, only one drug is approved in the United States for the treatment of COVID-19. The FDA...
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Communicating Bad News to Patients

At some point in their career, every medical practitioner is in the position of delivering bad news. What constitutes bad news is part of the issue: something as “minor” as a broken wrist may devastate an individual dependent on using that arm for income. Being attuned to how...
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