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    RE: Hello Mandy

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    If you are looking to speak with someone about hip fracture prevention, you might reach out to Ron Hamdy; he remains active doing work in the realm of osteoporosis, and if he is not doing anything on that subject, would at least be able to direct you ...

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    RE: Hello Mandy

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    Dr. Piziak, Missed seeing you this year. The best way to post your message is just to go here ... Then "Post New Message" ...Create a catchy subject line then click "Send". Your message will go out to all SMA members! Thank you for being one of ...

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    Hello Mandy

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    Great to read your biography! You have been a good friend since I joined the SMA in about 1982. Or 83? I am wondering if a one on SMA connect does any research in hip fracture prevention. I do and am looking for some other sites to work with. How would ...

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  • To the Editor: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common vascular disorder affecting approximately 500,000 people each year in the United States.1 With the advent of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs), the treatment of VTE has been revolutionized, especially of provoked deep vein thrombosis.2 There remains a concern when VTE is unprovoked... The post Venous Thromboembolism: Are NOACs the Right Initial Drug of Choice for Unprovoked Venous Thromboembolism? appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Sports-related encephalopathies are a growing concern among athletes who have experienced head trauma. Anxiety is heightened for the public and especially among parents of children playing contact sports. The most common neuropsychological conditions are concussions and traumatic encephalopathies. Concussions result from brain traumas that can be asymptomatic, but more serious... The post Sports-Injury Encephalopathy appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Objectives: Recent studies have questioned whether intravascular iodinated contrast remains an independent cause of acute kidney injury (AKI). We sought to assess whether iodinated contrast administered during coronary angiography is an independent cause of AKI.Methods: We identified all of the patients who underwent coronary angiography between July 1, 2015 and... The post Intravascular Iodinated Contrast Is an Independent Cause of Acute Kidney Injury Following Coronary Angiography appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic autoimmune inflammatory disorder of unknown etiology, for which delay in diagnosis and treatment may cause irreversible structural joint damage in affected individuals. A large body of evidence supports that early diagnosis and aggressive treatment of RA have a fundamental role in the prevention... The post Commentary on “Use of Rheumatologic Testing in Patients Who Eventually Receive a Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis” appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Objectives: Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody (ACPA) has excellent specificity and prognostic value in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The American College of Rheumatology included ACPA in their 2010 classification criteria for RA, but we hypothesize that primary care physicians (PCPs) underuse ACPA, even when clinical suspicion for RA is... The post Use of Rheumatologic Testing in Patients Who Eventually Receive a Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis appeared first on Southern Medical Association .