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Medical News

Late introduction of solid food in infants increases allergy risk
Delaying the introduction of solid food to infants in the first year of life is associated with an increased risk for allergic sensitization to food and inhalant allergens, research shows.
Source: MedWire News

Patients' urine may provide rapid diagnosis of pneumonia
Doctors may soon be able to quickly and accurately diagnose the cause of pneumonia-like symptoms by examining the chemicals found in a patient's urine, suggests a new study led by UC Davis biochemist Carolyn Slupsky
Source: News-Medical.Net

Stress of caregiving linked to stroke risk
Caregivers who find their responsibilities highly stressful may be at increased risk for stroke, according to a new study.
Source: WebMD

Patient Resources

High blood pressure linked to dementia in postmenopausal women
Data from the Women's Health Initiative indicates that postmenopausal women with hypertension are at an increased risk for developing dementia later in life. Patients who maintain their blood pressure at normal levels may reduce this risk.
Source: EurekAlert

Eggs and skin on poultry may increase the risk of prostate cancer returning.
Prostate cancer patients should reduce eggs and chicken or turkey with skin in their diet, as these have been linked with an increased risk of their cancer spreading.
Source: MedWire News

Elderly who drink green tea may be preventing depression.
According to an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, frequently drinking green tea lowers the risk of depression among elderly living in the community.
Source: National Post

Did You Know?

12 Tips for Making Your Practice Greener
Medical practices generate millions of tons of solid waste each year. This article tells you how to use your purchasing power to buy products that you can reuse instead of replace.
Source: Physicians Practice

Practice Management Tips

Using the Fields of Code Medical 2.0 Unstructured Data Tab to Aid in Diagnosis of Skin Rashes.

Skin rashes are a common complaint seen in medical offices and can sometimes be challenging to diagnose. Fields of Code Medical 2.0 offers an unstructured data tab that allows physicians to create an organizational tree for their own clinical or research notes and pictures, making diagnosis of difficult cases faster and easier.

Let us look at one cutaneous infection in particular, Herpes Gladiatorum (HSV-1), or mat herpes. It often occurs among wrestlers because of their very close skin contact. In one noteworthy high school training camp in 1989, 73% of wrestlers were infected in a 4 week period¹. Incidence in the NCAA wrestling is estimated at 20-40%². Occasionally, the herpes gladiatorum lesion will be mistaken for impetigo, acne, tinea corporis, atopic dermatitis, varicella, or scabies. Prompt identification is essential to prevent transmission and prompt treatment is essential to prevent the infected athlete from being disqualified.

In this case the unstructured data tab could be used to create a data tree, sorting photos and specifics of different types of rashes. This data tree could be color coded by presentation, history, additional symptoms and occupational/recreational risks. Working through the tree and viewing the photos could allow a physician to diagnose a case of herpes gladiatorum promptly and begin treatment in a timely manner. Using the data tab in a patient’s chart can allow the physician to then document treatment progress through photos in a timeline tree.
Source: Fields of Code Library

 

References:

1. Epidemiologic Notes and Reports
    Herpes Gladiatorum at a High School Wrestling Camp -- Minnesota
    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00001552.htm

2. Sharma R. Herpes Simplex
    Medscape eMedicine, 2009
    http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/783113-overview

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