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    As a rheumatologist I can certainly report that we are having problems with our rheumatologic patients who are on tocilizumab for a host of diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile chronic arthritis. The problem with access is focused more ...

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    SMA Members, There seems to be a lot of frustration over the decision to divert manufacturing of this from Giant Cell patients to treat vented Covid patients. Are there other options? Randy ------------------------------ Randy Glick Executive Director ...

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    My feeling is that we all have seen the data that the two-step mRNA vaccines afford a higher level of protection than the J and J. Months ago I spoke with a scientific liaison from J and J, who told me that there were studies being done to determine ...

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  • Surveys are a frequently used method to collect data in medical education research. As such, it behooves medical educators involved in scholarly work to understand the best practices in the selection, development, implementation, and reporting of surveys used when conducting research and curriculum development projects. This review article prepares the... The post Best Practices for Survey Use in Medical Education: How to Design, Refine, and Administer High-Quality Surveys appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • During the course of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, many magazines and newspapers have published articles reflecting on lessons learned during the crisis. One of the most sobering lessons that data on the pandemic have highlighted is the fractured state of health equity in the United States. The staggering... The post Could Clinician Sensitivity to Cultural and Historical Considerations Help Reduce COVID-19 Deaths among Blacks? appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Objectives: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threatens vulnerable patient populations, resulting in immense pressures at the local, regional, national, and international levels to contain the virus. Laboratory-based studies demonstrate that masks may offer benefit in reducing the spread of droplet-based illnesses, but few data are available to assess mask effects via... The post Analysis of the Effects of COVID-19 Mask Mandates on Hospital Resource Consumption and Mortality at the County Level appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • The development of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) has changed the treatment paradigm for cancer. The ICIs nivolumab, pembrolizumab, and cemiplimab target programmed cell death protein 1, and durvalumab, avelumab, and atezolizumab target programmed death ligand 1. Ipilimumab targets cytotoxic T lymphocyte–associated antigen-4. Used as monotherapy or in combination, they have... The post OPEN: Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor-Related Pulmonary Toxicity: A Comprehensive Review, Part II appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Objectives: Guidelines for appropriate use of telemetry recommend monitoring for specific patient populations; however, many hospitalized patients receive telemetry monitoring without an indication. Clinical data and outcomes associated with nonindicated monitoring are not well studied. The objectives of our study were to evaluate the impact of an education and an... The post CME Article: Telemetry Overuse and the Effect of Educational and Electronic Health Record-Based Interventions on an Academic Internal Medicine Ward appeared first on Southern Medical Association .