Reinforce self-care on individual, system levels for clinicians to ‘flourish’

Stacy A. Ogbeide discusses the importance of self-care and wellness for healthcare professionals, especially in the post-COVID era. She emphasizes the need for the healthcare system to support practice changes that create a more enjoyable work environment for clinicians. This includes making electronic medical records more user-friendly and utilizing artificial intelligence to reduce documentation. Ogbeide…

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Top Predictors of Substance Initiation in Youth Flagged

By age 12 years, more than 14% of children have tried alcohol or tobacco, and religion, race, and income are the top predictors beginning to use these and other substances, new research suggests. Aside from sociodemographic parameters, risk factors for substance use initiation include prenatal exposure to substances, peer use of alcohol and nicotine, and…

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Innovative approaches needed to overcome health system barriers in malaria vaccination

In a study published in BMC Medicine, researchers examined the challenges of vaccinating high-risk children against malaria, emphasizing health system-related risks and proposed solutions for universal protection. Limited government health financing and vaccine allocation frameworks were identified as significant barriers, necessitating transformative changes in health financing to ensure wide accessibility. Strengthening vaccine allocation frameworks, updating…

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U.K. sequencing study surfaces new findings about tumor DNA

The UK’s 100,000 Genomes Project has revealed that certain tumors are more likely to carry mutations that can inform patient care, steering treatment choices or indicating a potential familial risk. The findings from over 13,800 solid tumors in adults are already influencing clinical practice in the UK’s National Health Service, with patients diagnosed with certain…

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Should I Get a Second Opinion?

Lynne DeMarsh was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 2017 and was told she had only a few years to live. She sought a second opinion, which led to different treatment options including genetic testing and immunotherapy. Consulting another doctor can provide a fresh perspective and offer additional treatment options. It’s important to communicate with…

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