Diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
UAB MedCast
by UBA
5d ago
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is one of the common forms of interstitial lung disease (those that affect the tissues between airways); it results in scarring and fibroblasts. Early diagnosis is critical to the management of this dangerous condition. Carla Copeland, MD, explains the challenge of diagnosing IPF due to its generic symptoms, which usually indicate more common breathing issues. She discusses recent innovations in how CT scans are categorized to better diagnose IPF and to help recommend patients for biopsies. Learn why Dr. Copeland works with a multidisciplinary discussion tea ..read more
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Using Mpirik Cardiac Intelligence to Address Health Inequities
UAB MedCast
by UBA
1w ago
Oscar Julian Booker, MD and Efstathia Andrikopoulou MD discuss how using third-party vendor, Mpirik Cardiac Intelligence, helped to develop a software algorithm that provides clinical decision support to help identify patients at risk for heart valve disease who otherwise might be overlooked. They share what factors are behind the most significant disparities, as they connect the potential of machine learning and artificial intelligence with the need for clinicians to expand their toolkit. They offer their top recommendations for physicians to consider when they are treating underserved and mi ..read more
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Outpatient Total Joint Replacement: The Future is Now
UAB MedCast
by UBA
3w ago
Due to advances in anesthesiology, pain management, and physical therapy, total joint replacement is becoming popular as an outpatient surgery. Scott Mabry, MD, explains these interdisciplinary improvements that have made same-day total joint replacement preferable for many patients. Learn about the importance of proper patient selection, the kind of team that successfully coordinates this outpatient procedure, and how your patients might benefit ..read more
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Forecasting Seizure Clusters from Chronic Ambulatory Electrocorticography
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by UBA
1M ago
Even for those diagnosed with a seizure disorder (e.g., epilepsy), seizure events are unpredictable and dangerous; worse still, they often occur in clusters. Adeel Ilyas, MD, discusses his new research paper that demonstrates how seizure clusters may be predicted based on brain activity. He describes the methods his team used to refine a definition for seizure clusters and to develop an algorithm for predicting them in the pilot study. Learn more about the promising implications of this groundbreaking work for treatment and patient quality of life ..read more
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Current Management of Atrial Fibrillation
UAB MedCast
by UBA
1M ago
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained heart arrhythmia, and it dramatically increases stroke risk. William Maddox, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist, discusses the most recent approaches to treating patients’ symptoms of AF and reducing their stroke risk. He covers some of the most important developments that affect how specialists manage AF: smartwatch monitoring, catheter ablation improvements, and new implantation devices that occlude the left atrial appendage for stroke prevention ..read more
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Treating Type 2 Diabetes in the Diabetes Belt
UAB MedCast
by UBA
2M ago
In some central Alabama counties, roughly one in five adults has type 2 diabetes. Fernando Ovalle, MD, discusses trends in diabetes care. He notes the general complications that often accompany type 2 diabetes, including kidney disease, neuropathy, and retinopathy. In Dr. Ovalle’s experience, continuous glucose monitoring devices empower patients to achieve tangible goals related to their condition. Learn more about new drugs that now target hormones beyond insulin, which also have a significant effect on glucose metabolism ..read more
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New Frontiers in Diabetes Research
UAB MedCast
by UBA
2M ago
Diabetes and related comorbidities have been devastating in the South. Anath Shalev, MD, explains how the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center (UCDC) opens new avenues for collaborative research and effective new treatments. She discusses two recent examples of multidisciplinary research bringing new therapies from bench to bedside ..read more
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Diagnosing and Treating Opioid Use Disorder
UAB MedCast
by UBA
2M ago
The most recent medical research on opioid addiction makes one thing clear: medication saves lives. Leah Leisch, MD, a psychiatrist, explains how CDC guidelines regarding prescribing and tapering opioids have responded to new insights about the risks of addiction and withdrawal. She notes that patients who develop a substance use disorder face a mortality ratio three times higher if they are not prescribed a medication approved to treat opioid addiction. Dr. Leisch discusses each medication and the means of prescribing them ..read more
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Collaborative Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Hematology Patients
UAB MedCast
by UBA
3M ago
Hematologic cancer patients have the benefit of many new oral medications to manage their conditions; however, those medications may create or worsen cardiovascular comorbidities. Nurse Practitioners Courtney Estes (Cardio-Oncology Program) and Ellen Lazarre (Hematology Oncology Division) discuss the balancing act of managing risks while attacking cancer, which is only possible with an interdisciplinary team. They discuss the most common cardiovascular comorbidities (e.g., AFib, hypertension) and alternative treatments that may address them without interfering with effective cancer treatments ..read more
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Identifying and Reducing Risk Factors for ACL Injuries
UAB MedCast
by UBA
3M ago
Justin Kirk, PT, highlights identifying and reducing risk factors for ACL injuries. He shares who is most likely to sustain an ACL injury, the movements or position that increases an athlete’s risk for injury and the importance of limb symmetry and single leg training for preventing ACL injuries. Additionally, he offers recommendations for providers, when working with athletes at high risk, on how to reduce their risk for an ACL injury and the changes he has seen in management of ACL tears over the past 5 years ..read more
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