Haymarket MediaSwitching Antifibrotic Agents in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

Source: BMC Pulmonary MedicineFindings:  IPF patients who switched from one antifibrotic therapy to the alternative — whether from pirfenidone (Esbriet) to nintedanib (Ofev, Vargatef) or the other way around – had improved survival. This observation held true whether the reason for switch was disease progress or tolerance issues.Design: Multi-center retrospective cohort study; 262 patients

HealthgradesOldest and Youngest Doctors by Specialty

Which specialties will be most affected by changing age demographics among doctors? That’s the question the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) asks in their latest survey of “Active Physicians by Age and Specialty”, which tallied up the results of 935,000 practicing physicians in the US. Where does your specialty fall on the list?

American Society of HematologyA Bleeding Diathesis in a 65-Year-Old Woman with Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer

After diagnosis during a partial mastectomy, this patient’s estimated blood loss was 58 mL, causing anemia and requiring a red blood cell transfusion along with ventriculoperitoneal drain placement. With a substantive bleeding history before the diagnosis, what would you do next with this patient? Work her up for von Willebrand disease? Do a complete blood […]

Healthgrades6 Things to Know About the COVID-19 Delta Variant

There are several reasons why the COVID-19 Delta variant – responsible for the COVID crisis in India – has public health experts and doctors concerned, including its transmissibility and disease severity. You likely already know the Delta “variant of concern” is more contagious than previous variants (denoted by the Greek alphabet), but here are five […]

Everyday Health8 Estate Planning Mistakes for Physicians to Avoid

This podcast/article on KevinMD.com by Syad Nishat, a partner at the Wall Street Alliance Group, offers tips and advice for the physician on estate planning, which is one of the most neglected aspects of financial planning. However, its complexity and unpredictability shouldn’t stop you from talking to a financial advisor to best prepare yourself and […]

M35 Diabolically Difficult Diseases to Diagnose

A diagnosis that is made after all differential diagnoses have been ruled out – a diagnosis of exclusion (DOE) – is a challenge for the physician. Despite the DOE being verifiable, the diagnostic tests needed simply cannot be performed – think brain biopsy – or are too difficult to perform. These five diseases are notoriously […]