Short Bites: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Update

HPV oral and oropharyngeal cancers are more difficult to detect than tobacco-related cancers because the symptoms are not always obvious to an individual, and health professionals may lack the education and background to diagnose HPV-related lesions. Although there are many adjunctive oral cancer sc...

Short Bites: What Is a Dental Emergency?

What is a dental emergency?

I often get this question from non-dental personnel including case managers, physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners. The following is a short list of questions you can ask patients to guide dental referrals for emergency care:

  • Are you in severe pain? Severe...

Short Bites: Xerostomia in Patients with HIV

It is estimated that 1.1 million people in the United States are infected with HIV. Of those, 1 in 7 do not know they are infected.[1] The number of new HIV diagnoses fell 19% from 2005 to 2014.[1] Because HIV testing rates have remained stable or increased in recent years, this decrease in diagnose...

Evolving: A Journey in Practice Transformation

I remember driving to Chicago on my first day as a Midwest AETC Practice Transformation (PT) Coach. I was filled with both excitement and apprehension to participate in a intensive training titled Building Blocks of High Performing Primary Care. While the concepts of PT were familiar to me after ov...

HIV and Heart Disease – NIH Explores the Connection

HIV-positive men and women can now live longer than ever before. A 2013 study found that a newly diagnosed 20 year old on effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) can expect to live into their 70s. A lifespan only slightly lower than in people without HIV.[1] While this is great news, physicians are l...

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