Stories from Texas Medicine, October 2018

Talk to Patients About: Flu - 10/24/2019

Flu is serious, and the vaccine can prevent or minimize the illness.


Cornered: Proposed Medicare Fee Overhaul Could Box In Doctors - 02/05/2019

Proposed overhaul to Medicare payments for complex patient care visits and same-day office-based procedures could box in Texas physicians.


Legal Examination: Case Tests Lawsuit Immunity For Medical Examiners - 12/21/2018

Case tests lawsuit immunity for medical examiners.


Effects of Opioids and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs on Chronic Low Back Pain and Related Measures: Results from the PRECISION Pain Research Registry - 11/29/2018

Measuring treatments used by 202 patients with chronic low back pain in the PRECISION Pain Research Registry, this study determined the associations of opioid and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) therapy with clinical status. More than one-fourth of patients did not use nonpharmacologic treatments for low back pain. Patients age 50-59 and 60-79 years old were more likely to use opioids than younger patients. Patients using opioids reported greater pain and back-related disability than did patients using NSAIDs. Patients concurrently using opioids and NSAIDs reported greater back-related disability and poorer quality of life than did patients using no or other pharmacologic therapy. No significant associations between pharmacologic therapy and clinical status remained after controlling for potential confounders. Neither opioids nor opioids combined with NSAIDs were more effective than just NSAIDs. Greater use of nonpharmacologic therapies and better second-line, nonopioid ph...


Advanced Education? TMA Pushes State for Standards in APRN Clinical Training - 10/18/2018

TMA pushes state for standards in APRN clinical training.


A Gentle Role Model: Medicine Mourns Death of Revered Cardiologist Mark Hausknecht, MD - 10/12/2018

Medicine mourns the death of revered cardiologist Mark Hausknecht, MD.


Keep Them From Harm and Injustice? - 10/01/2018

Fear remains a major barrier to transparency of hospital errors.


Mapping Morbidity: What ZIP Codes Can Say About Maternal Health - 10/01/2018

What ZIP codes can say about maternal health.


Stillbirth Still a Problem in Texas: TMA Develops New Recommendations - 10/01/2018

The Texas Medical Association Committee on Reproductive, Women’s, and Perinatal Health developed new recommendations on stillbirth, which the House of Delegates approved in May.