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.


Sun Protection

Sun Protection

In the late 1970s, the promotion of sun protection was almost nonexistent, even though Swiss researcher, Franz Greiter, had developed the concept of sun protection factor (SPF). The first products were introduced to the US market in 1978; they had low SPFs of 2 or 4 and were designed to be "tanning enhancers" that helped you darken without burning. In the early 1980s, a Photobiology Committee of experts was created by the Skin Cancer Foundation, which helped establis... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

The Lowdown on Popular Psoriasis Medications

The Lowdown on Popular Psoriasis Medications

These days, it seems that most of us can't avoid seeing a commercial for a psoriasis medication when watching our favorite shows. Most of the ad... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

Atopic Dermatitis – It’s Not Just Skin Deep

Atopic Dermatitis – It’s Not Just Skin Deep

Atopic dermatitis (AD), or "eczema," is a common cutaneous disorder that most primary care clinicians see in their practices. Howev... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

Coronavirus Update: Transmission – What Do We Know?

Coronavirus Update: Transmission – What Do We Know?

On January 30, 2020, the first confirmed case of person-to-person 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) transmission was reported in the United States. Also on... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Infectious Diseases, Public Health

Coronavirus Update: Thoughts on Its Origin

Coronavirus Update: Thoughts on Its Origin

We've known for years that influenza virus occurs in both humans and animals—including swine and birds—and... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Infectious Diseases, Public Health

Infectious Disease Update – Novel Community-acquired Human Coronavirus: CDC Guidelines for Providers

Infectious Disease Update – Novel Community-acquired Human Coronavirus: CDC Guidelines for Providers

As we know, there is currently no vaccine or specific treatment for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first reported from Wuhan, China. CDC screening recomme... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Health

Infectious Disease Update – Novel Community-acquired Human Coronavirus

Infectious Disease Update – Novel Community-acquired Human Coronavirus

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, Chinese authorities closed Wuhan's airports, train stations, bus stations, and ports. By now, several other citie... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Health

New Cholesterol Drug Soon to Make It to the United States

New Cholesterol Drug Soon to Make It to the United States

Normally, when a new drug hits the United States market you will see a small market spike of curiosity. As we continually seek ways to improve the health and... Continue Reading

Filed under: Cardiometabolic, Preventive Medicine

Connecting with our Patients: What Matters Most

Connecting with our Patients: What Matters Most

We all have busy clinical days, but it is still important to make a personal connection with our patients. I think it is fair to say that one of the main rea... Continue Reading

Filed under: NPs & PAs, Practice Management/Career

Cancer Screening Guidelines 2020: Let’s Recap!

Cancer Screening Guidelines 2020: Let’s Recap!

We now have screening tools and methodologies for several of the most common types of cancer. Each year, the American Cancer Society (ACS) publishes updated... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Oncology/Hematology, Preventive Medicine

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