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General Surgeon, Les Edrich, MD provides some insight toward negotiating the delicate balance of providing information, treatment options, and an opinion regarding the best course of treatment while respecting the potential vulnerability of the patient with newly diagnosed breast cancer. Sponsored by The...
Lisa Shah, MD, Clinical Associate of Medicine, Section of General Internal Medicine, The University of Chicago describes The Contemplation Ladder – a one to ten scale used as a measure of a smoker’s readiness to quit. References Biener L, Abrams DB. The contemplation ladder: Validation of a measure...
Les Edrich, MD, a general surgeon from Long Beach, California, discusses the concept of a two-tiered medical system and whether it would have an impact on quality of care. Sponsored by The Doctor’s Channel
Les Edrich, MD, a general surgeon from Long Beach, California, provides an interesting look at reimbursement with the Medicaid program. Sponsored by The Doctor’s Channel
General Surgeon, Les Edrich, MD discusses an alternative to Veress needle entry during laparoscopic cholecystectomy that may help avoid injury to the intrabdominal organs and the potential resulting litigation. Sponsored by The Doctor’s Channel

Fails to alleviate moderate persistent asthma symptoms

Mepolizumab Fails in a Phase II Trial

Mepolizumab, an IL-5 inhibitor, failed to alleviate moderate persistent asthma symptoms in a phase II trial of patients resistant to corticosteroids. References and Resources Flood-Page P, Swenson C, Faiferman I. A Study to Evaluate Safety and Efficacy of Mepolizumab in Patients with Moderate...

Trying Not to Forget

Alzheimer’s Research

This study shows that compared with activation in the MTL, deactivation in the PMCs could be a more sensitive marker of early AD at functional MR imaging. References and Resources Cortical deactivation in mild cognitive impairment: high-field-strength functional MR imaging. Click Here to read the...

Optimizing patient outcomes

Liver Transplantation

Douglas P. Slakey, MD, MPH, Regents Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Tulane University School of Medicine, discusses optimizing transplant patient outcomes. References and Resources American Liver Foundation Click Here to read information on liver transplantation. Liver &...