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    We are excited to announce the official launch of the inaugural SMA/PIT Mentorship Program! What: A national mentorship program for physicians and physicians-in-training who are looking to cultivate meaningful and ...

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    Good afternoon everyone, Just wanted to let everyone know about our brand new CME series and Podcast, HIV Prevention in the South: Improving HIV Testing, Treatment, and Prevention in the Primary Care Setting. This activity was developed ...

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  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the virus responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) has been proven to be used by SARS-CoV-2 for host cell entry. Considering that angiotensin receptor blockers and ACE inhibitors (ACEIs) upregulate the expression of ACE2 in animal... The post Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System (RAAS) Inhibitors and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Objective: To compare the efficacy and safety of nonvitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) and vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) following bioprosthetic cardiac valve replacement. Methods: This was a retrospective analysis conducted at a community teaching hospital in the southeastern United States between August 2015 and August 2018. Patients 18 years of... The post Efficacy and Safety of Nonvitamin K Oral Anticoagulants following Cardiac Valve Replacement appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Objective: To deliver effective care, healthcare systems should understand patients’ preferences for weight management across a spectrum of needs. Our objective was to describe patients’ perceptions of what helps or hinders weight loss and maintenance. Methods: Semistructured interviews were conducted with patients who accessed weight management services at a large... The post Patients Desire Personalized, Specific, and Continuous Advice on Weight Management appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Objectives: Studies have shown that patients enrolled in Medicaid have difficulty obtaining access to care compared with patients with private insurance. Whether variables such as geographic location, state expansion versus nonexpansion, and private versus academic affiliation affect access to care among foot and ankle surgery patients enrolled in Medicaid has... The post Do Geographic Region, Pathologic Chronicity, and Hospital Affiliation Affect Access to Care Among Medicaid- and Privately Insured Foot and Ankle Surgery Patients? appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Research suggests that exclusive breastfeeding supports optimal infant growth and development,1,2 protects against infections and allergic diseases,2,3 and confers benefits to mothers, including reduced risk of ovarian and breast cancers.1–3 Current infant feeding recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics call for exclusive breastfeeding—when an infant is fed only breast... The post Early Initiation of Combination Feeding among Latina Mothers in the Deep South: Perspectives for Clinicians appeared first on Southern Medical Association .