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Many Hospitals, Practices Not Screening for Social Needs – Health Day News

Read article – An article profiling a research finding that most hospitals and physicians’ offices do not screen for key social needs associated with health outcomes. Taressa K. Fraze, a research scientist at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and research colleagues examined responses from 2190 physician practices and 739 hospitals to the 2017 to 2018 National Survey of Healthcare Organizations and Systems to characterize screening for social needs. The study appears in JAMA Network Open.

Doctors Are Prescribing Off-Label Nicotine Replacements for Teens Addicted to Vaping – Quartz

Read article – Quotes Susanne Tanski, associate professor of pediatrics, in an article about how several doctors have started prescribing off-label nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) to their young patients who have been vaping nicotine-filled e-cigarettes, as a growing number of teens have been going to the family doctor with concerns about their e-cigarette vaping habits. “We’re at a little bit of a disadvantage because we don’t know what will work,” says Tanski.

5 Childhood Conditions That Don’t Require a Trip to the E.R. – The New York Times

Read article – Quotes Alison Kapadia, assistant professor of medicine, in an article that reveals simple at-home remedies for five common ailments. Kapadia discusses how to treat a dislocated kneecap. “Once the leg is completely straight, then you literally just put your thumbs on either side of the patella,” says Kapadia. “Tilt it up, and it will easily slide back on top of the knee where it belongs.”

Local Authors Release New Books – Valley News

Read article – Highlights a new book by Catherine Florio Pipas, professor of community and family medicine, titled A Doctor’s Dozen in a list of books published by local authors. “While much of the wisdom treads familiar territory, Pipas’ stories of both fellow doctors and patients wrestling with challenges ranging from cancer to infidelity bring the lessons to life. Each chapter also includes a concrete task the reader can undertake in pursuit of the corresponding goal,” the article states.

Breast Tech: 3D Mammography at Columbia Memorial Health – Chronogram

Read article – Quotes Christine Cooley MED ’06, in an article about the new state-of-the-art 3D mammography—a cutting-edge imaging technology that affords healthcare providers a more accurate view of tissue, compared to the conventional two-dimensional mammograms, which result in a higher incidence of false positives. “If the patient has really dense breast tissue, there are things that can be hiding,” says Cooley. “With this new technology, I can find a little cancer inside that breast. With the older technology, I probably wouldn’t have seen that cancer for another year or two until it got bigger.”