The Exchange

Commentary and Observations from
the Medical Front Lines

 

Welcome to PCE's The Exchange—Stay Current on Issues That Matter Most to You and Your NP/PA Colleagues

PCE is excited to announce the launch of The Exchange, a collection of short commentaries from your NP/PA colleagues on a broad range of topics relevant to your practice. The Exchange will bring you reflections on trends in medicine, observations about new treatments and guidelines, and advice related to career decisions and practicing in today's changing healthcare environment.


Spironolactone Use in Adult Female Acne

Spironolactone Use in Adult Female Acne

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that is usually seen in adolescence. However, it is becoming more common past the teenage years, often affecting those aged 20 years or older; women are affected at higher rates than men in all age groups. One study found that 85% of females and 15% of males have adult-onset acne.

Females are likely to get adult acne due to fluctuating hormone levels and stress, but other factors include a positive family history, medication side effects, and und... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

Skin Manifestations of COVID-19

Skin Manifestations of COVID-19

By now it is well known that COVID-19 is an illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that may lead to serious respiratory disease. The most common sy... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology, Infectious Diseases

Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU), also called chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), is a condition when urticaria, or hives, are present for more than 6 wee... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology, Dermatology

Why Your Patient Probably Isn’t Allergic to Penicillin

Why Your Patient Probably Isn’t Allergic to Penicillin

Drug allergies are documented in more than 20% of electronic health records throughout the world, with antibiotic allergies being the most commonly reported.... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology

COVID-19 Expands PA/NP Autonomy…and Scope of Practice for Other Professions, Too

COVID-19 Expands PA/NP Autonomy…and Scope of Practice for Other Professions, Too

The COVID-19 pandemic has been but one justification for expanding PA and NP autonomy in some states. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Execu... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Practice Management/Career

Would You Volunteer to Enroll in a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial?

Would You Volunteer to Enroll in a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial?

There are more than 160 COVID-19 vaccines currently in development, with the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca AZD1222 vaccine (an attenuated altered adenovir... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Public Health

Uses of Anti-CCP in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis

Uses of Anti-CCP in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis

A young woman presents for evaluation of joint pain in both wrists and hands and swelling of one knee. Her history and physical exam suggest rheumatoid arthr... Continue Reading

Filed under: Rheumatology

2020 ACR Gout Guidelines for Allopurinol Have Changed!

2020 ACR Gout Guidelines for Allopurinol Have Changed!

Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis in both men and women in the United States. Allopurinol is commonly used to manage hyperuricemia in it... Continue Reading

Filed under: Rheumatology

Asthma Q&A With Dr Kurtis Elward: Part 2

Asthma Q&A With Dr Kurtis Elward: Part 2

PCE recently held our Series 1 Live Stream events. During the Live Streams, attendees have the chance to ask expert faculty specific questions, though we oft... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology, Pulmonary Medicine

Asthma Q&A With Dr Kurtis Elward: Part 1

Asthma Q&A With Dr Kurtis Elward: Part 1

PCE recently held our Series 1 Live Stream events. During the Live Streams, attendees have the chance to ask expert faculty specific questions, though we oft... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology, Pulmonary Medicine

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