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.


Diet and Depression: Is There a Link?

Diet and Depression: Is There a Link?

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health conditions worldwide and a leading cause of disability. Lately, there has been a renewed interest in the effect of diet on mood. Poor nutrition is a factor in the experience of low mood, and improving diet may help protect not only physical health, but also mental health. Current research suggests that dietary interventions may be an effective adjunctive treatment for depression.

Multiple studies have found that the Mediterran... Continue Reading

Filed under: Psychiatry

What Can You Tell Patients After Their Second COVID Vaccination?

What Can You Tell Patients After Their Second COVID Vaccination?

Patients are beginning to ask what they can safely do after they have received both doses of the currently approved COVID vaccines. What do the experts and t... Continue Reading

Filed under: Preventive Medicine, Public Health

Major Stroke Prevention: A New Use for a Well-Known Medication

Major Stroke Prevention: A New Use for a Well-Known Medication

Strokes can have a devastating impact on the long-term survival and function of our patients. Therapies to treat them have been well established, and there h... Continue Reading

Filed under: Cardiometabolic

It’s Time to Talk About Vaccinations

It’s Time to Talk About Vaccinations

As we make our way through the immunization phase of the COVID pandemic, I cannot help but think about the many Americans who have not received their vaccine... Continue Reading

Filed under: Preventive Medicine, Public Health

Understanding Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Understanding Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Color changes in patients' fingertips during cold weather can be confusing. It is important to distinguish Raynaud's phenomenon, as it can be associated with... Continue Reading

Filed under: Cardiometabolic, Rheumatology

Not so FAST! Febuxostat vs Allopurinol Showing Equal Safety –  Results of the FAST Trial in Europe

Not so FAST! Febuxostat vs Allopurinol Showing Equal Safety – Results of the FAST Trial in Europe

Optimal management of gout requires urate-lowering therapy; two commonly prescribed therapies for this are febuxostat and allopurinol. However, since 2018, t... Continue Reading

Filed under: Cardiometabolic, Rheumatology

My Experience With COVID-19 – An NP’s Perspective, Part 2

My Experience With COVID-19 – An NP’s Perspective, Part 2

In my previous post, I wrote about becoming ill with COVID-19 and how the initial symptoms impacted me. In this post, I'll be discussing home care tips that... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, NPs & PAs, Pulmonary Medicine

My Experience With COVID-19 – An NP’s Perspective, Part 1

My Experience With COVID-19 – An NP’s Perspective, Part 1

Even as an NP practicing 20 years in a pulmonary clinic, I was not prepared for how ill I became when I contracted COVID-19 just after Christmas 2020. ... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, NPs & PAs, Pulmonary Medicine

Stinging Insect Allergy

Stinging Insect Allergy

Stinging insect allergy accounts for 10% of all cases of anaphylaxis. Stings from flying hymenopterans and fire ants are responsible for most cases. Approxim... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology

Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES)

Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES)

Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) is a non–immunoglobulin (Ig) E-mediated food allergy that typically presents in infants. The most commo... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology

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