Managing Overweight and Obese Patients

July, 2020 Candidates for weight loss are people who are either: 1) obese (BMI ? 30 kg/m2); or 2) overweight (BMI ? 25 kg/m2) with coexisting conditions related to obesity (eg, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis) or certain cardiovascular risk factors (eg, prediabetes or...
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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What can I do to prevent getting COVID-19? COVID-19 is spread from person to person. Until you can get a vaccine to prevent it, the best protection is to avoid getting the virus from other people. This means avoiding crowds, wearing a mask, and practicing...
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Diabetes Update: Beyond Glycemic Management

Question: My doctor told me that she did not want to prescribe insulin for me, but when I got to the pharmacy, they gave me a medicine to inject. Is this insulin? There are several injected medications for the treatment of diabetes that are not insulin. A commonly...
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Deprescribing Gaining Momentum

In May, the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine launched a campaign called “Drive To Deprescribe: Optimizing Medication Use in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care.” Many nursing home or long-term care residents take 15 or more medications...
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COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

The number of Americans who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is continuing to rise (153 million as of June 27th); however, many people are still reluctant to get a vaccine. A survey released in May indicated that 22% of Americans will “definitely”...
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Higher Drug Prices in 2021

Although increases in drug prices have slowed over the last several years, the upward trend has continued and 2021 is no different. What is new, however, is the number of medications that are increasing in price – this year we are seeing the largest number ever. In...
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