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National and Regional Trends in Deep Vein Thrombosis Hospitalization Rates, Discharge Disposition, and Outcomes for Medicare Beneficiaries

Older adults are at increased risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. Little is known about national trends of deep vein thrombosis hospitalizations in the context of primary and secondary prevention efforts. Methods Medicare standard analytic files were analyzed from 2015-2017 to identify Fee-For-Service patients aged ≥65 years who had a principal discharge diagnosis for deep […]

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Death or Debt? National Estimates of Financial Toxicity in Persons with Newly-Diagnosed Cancer

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of cancer upon a patient’s net worth and debt in the US. Methods This longitudinal study used the Health and Retirement Study from 1998–2014. Persons ≥50 years with newly-diagnosed malignancies were included, excluding minor skin cancers. Multivariable generalized linear models assessed changes in net worth […]

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Accuracy and Efficacy of Hand-Held Echocardiography in Diagnosing Valve Disease: A Systematic Review

In recent years, advances in technology have enabled hand-held echocardiography (HHE) to generate high-quality 2-dimensional and color Doppler images. As these devices become smaller, simpler, and more affordable, the question of whether HHE can augment or replace auscultation as the primary mode of cardiovascular diagnosis has become increasingly more relevant. If widely implemented, HHE has […]

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Psoriasis and Psoriatic Spectrum Disease: A Primer for the Primary Care Physician

Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated disorder with cutaneous, articular, and systemic manifestations that are associated with significant morbidity.1 The burden of disease is directly related to its prevalence, which ranges from 0.5%-11.4% in adults and 0%-1.4% in children worldwide.2 In the United States alone, approximately 7.4 million individuals have psoriasis,3 and both the incidence and prevalence of psoriasis […]

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Psoas Abscess Associated with Pubic Symphysis Osteomyelitis

Infectious osteitis pubis is often diagnosed as sterile osteitis pubis, so this diagnosis requires a high level of suspicion. The following case is about a 56-year-old woman with a personal history of diabetes mellitus and secondary complications related to her illness, due to poor glycemic control. The patient went to the Emergency Department as a […]

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