Saving Breath: Diagnosing and Managing COPD

submitted by: mcgheek

Luca Paoletti, M.D., a pulmonologist at the Medical University of South Carolina, discusses best practices for diagnosing (eg, spirometry, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency testing) and managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Pulmonary rehabilitation is recommended for all COPD patients. Bronchodilators are the mainstay of medication therapy, and, for patients with medication-refractory COPD, lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplant are options.

Use of methodological tools for assessing the quality of studies in periodontology and implant dentistry: a systematic review

submitted by: Faggion
Objective To evaluate the methodological approaches used to assess the quality of studies included in systematic reviews (SRs) in periodontology and implant dentistry. Materials & Methods Two electronic databases (PubMed and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews) were searched independently to identify SRs examining interventions published through 2 September 2013. The reference lists of included SRs and records of 10 specialty dental journals were searched manually. Methodological...
Authors: Clovis Jr. Faggion, Fahd Huda, Jason Wasiak

Solving blood clots with integrative STEM lessons

submitted by: nsf

The Mobile Area Education Foundation is designing lessons to teach kids that engineering and math can solve real-world problems…like designing ways to catch blood clots in a model human circulatory system.

Cancer screening – what you should know

submitted by: mdanderson
Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cancer-screening-what-you/id43184821... The standard screenings for cancer are for breast, cervical, prostate and colon. For those in a high-risk category, lung, ovarian and liver cancer screenings may be recommended. Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of Cancer Prevention at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses MD Anderson’s cancer screening recommendations and explains the conflicting cancer screening reports.

Applying quality assurance in real-time to compliant long-term periodontal maintenance patients utilizing cost effectiveness and cost utility

submitted by: fardal
Background: Little work has been done on quality control of periodontal therapy Materials/methods: A quality control model was applied to 80 patients (50 females, 30 males) with an average age of 64.3 years (SD. 8.83, range 45-91) and with 21.6 (SD. 2.65, range 16-26) maintenance years. The main elements were patients’ expectations, objective and patient based outcomes, financial- and human costs and treatment deviations. Results: The patients’ main expectations and reasons for seeking...
Authors: Øystein Fardal

BMI and all-cause mortality in older adults: a meta-analysis

submitted by: winterj
Background: Whether the association between body mass index (BMI) and all-cause mortality for older adults is the same as for younger adults is unclear. Objective: The objective was to determine the association between BMI and all-cause mortality risk in adults ?65 y of age. Design: A 2 stage random-effects meta-analysis was performed of studies published from 1990 to 2013 that reported the RRs of all-cause mortality for community-based adults aged ?65 y. Results: Thirty-two studies met...
Authors: Jane Winter, Robert MacInnis, Naiyana Wattanapenpaiboon, Caryl Nowson