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    You know that no two patients are alike. Everyone who comes to you is an individual with unique needs - and you treat them that way. We believe you deserve the same courtesy. That's why, when we crafted the new SMA Health Insurance Program , we created ...

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    We are pleased to share that a new CME course is available! Join Dr. Peter Buch for "Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Tools for Successful Treatment", a case-based presentation that aims to answer questions involved in the diagnosis and treatment of IBS. Visit ...

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    Good morning all, I was wondering if you could help out someone who reached out to us on our online chat support. "Good morning, I would like to get a proprietary email address, HIPPA appropriate, to be able to have communication with patients. What ...

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  • The development of checkpoint inhibitors has changed the treatment paradigm for cancer. Checkpoint inhibitors nivolumab, pembrolizumab, and cemiplimab target programmed death-1 (PD-1), whereas durvalumab, avelumab, and atezolizumab target PD-ligand 1. Ipilimumab targets cytotoxic T lymphocyte–associated antigen 4. Used as monotherapy or in combination, these inhibitors have shown remarkable efficacy in... The post OPEN: Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor-Related Pulmonary Toxicity: Focus on Nivolumab appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Objectives: We aimed to determine in-hospital outcomes, length of hospital stay, and resource utilization in a contemporary cohort of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) and vitamin D deficiency (VDD). Methods: The National Inpatient Sample database for 2016 and 2017 was used for data analysis using International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision,... The post Outcomes of Clostridioides difficile in Patients with Vitamin D Deficiency: A Propensity-Matched National Inpatient Sample Analysis appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • The optimization of antithrombotic therapy for acute stroke treatment and secondary prevention is an evolving process based on an increasing array of studies that provide an evidence-based approach. Options have increased dramatically with the release of the non–vitamin K oral anticoagulants and with the results of recent randomized clinical trials... The post Evolving Approaches to Antithrombotics in Stroke Prevention and Treatment appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Objectives: Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is associated with hospital readmissions and mortality. We sought to determine whether cognitive testing and stool frequency at discharge predicted 30-day readmission or death in cirrhotic patients admitted with overt HE. Methods: We approached consecutive inpatients with cirrhosis and overt HE when they were within 48... The post Cognitive Tests and Stool Frequency at Hospital Discharge Do Not Predict Outcomes in Hepatic Encephalopathy appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Objectives: Obesity and cardiovascular disease remain significant burdens on the overall provision of health care in the United States. Obesity has been shown to be a direct risk factor for heart failure (HF). We conducted a nationwide cohort study to assess the short-term impact of obesity in hospitalized patients with... The post Impact of Obesity in Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure: A Nationwide Cohort Study appeared first on Southern Medical Association .