Medical News NPs Can Use 6.7.15

Apologies for the delay in publishing this weekend's posts. I have been vacationing in Cancun on my husband's company incentive trip. I planned on getting in quite a bit of work poolside, but the sunshine and margaritas on the rocks were too hard to resist. Gotta love a free vacation, right?! I've decided to change it up a bit with the weekly medical news posts. In weeks to come, I will highlight a few key (or just interesting) studies you might find applicable to your practice. So, here's the innagural "News NPs Can Use" post. Let me know if you find it helpful. 

Expect some patient questions about this one. The new female libido pill, filbanserin, has been recommended for approval by the FDA advisory committee. The approval comes amidst a controversy regarding the drug's risks vs. its questionable efficacy. 

Do you screen student athletes with an ECG? A proposed bill in Texas would make ECG screening a mandatory part of sports physicals. The move is opposed by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The groups say there is a lack of evidence supporting the practice in young athletes. What do you think?

OK, this one may not be clinically useful, but the ick factor is definitely worth mentioning. A recent study found fecal material on more than 60% of toothbrushes in shared bathrooms. Even grosser, there was an 80% chance that said fecal matter came from someone other than the toothbrush's owner. 

Jut how effective is prednisone for the treatment of acute sciatica? A new study looked at both short and long-term outcomes of patients taking the drug. The bottomline? Prednisone may have a very small, and questionably significant benefit. 

Danger on a half-shell. Patients with compromised immune systems and/or a history of gastric bypass surgery may want to pass on shellfish. V. vulnificus septicemia, a life-threatening infection with a mortality rate of more than 50%, can develop as a result of consuming contaminated seafood, particularly among these patient populations. Check out this case study for more

A new study investigates the effects of increased water intake on headaches. In the first randomized, controlled trial on the subject, 47% of chronic headache patients who increased water consumption reported improvement in their headaches. Participants drinking more water also reported a better quality of life. Surprisingly, increasing H2O did not reduce monthly headache frequency and duration. 

Medical schools are implementing teaching related to avoiding physician burnout into their curriculum. Could nursing schools be next?

Have a relaxing Sunday!