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SMJ Article | Original Article

College Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs about the 2017–2018 H3N2 Influenza Virus and Vaccination

Objectives: To observe the state of knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding the effectiveness of the 2017–2018 H3N2 influenza virus vaccine in a representative sample of college students and determine how many students experienced flu-like symptoms, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. Methods: In March 2018, a 19-item survey related to the 2017–2018...

Posted in: Infectious Disease20

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Arboviruses and Their Vectors

Arthropod-transmitted viruses (arboviruses) pose important public health challenges worldwide, and continue to do so even while the world is contending with the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is spread by contact with respiratory droplets from infected individuals. Arboviruses pose a different...

Posted in: Infectious Disease20

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Fatal and Nonfatal Snakebite Injuries Reported in the United States

Objectives: Venomous and nonvenomous snakes are found throughout the United States. Two families of venomous snakes are indigenous to this country: the Viperidae, or pit vipers (rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and copperheads), and the Elapidae (three species of coral snakes and a sea snake). Bites from captive nonindigenous venomous snakes such as...

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Cardiovascular Diseases Health Literacy among Patients, Health Professionals, and Community-Based Stakeholders in a Predominantly Medically Underserved Rural Environment

Objective: The central Appalachian region of the United States is disproportionately burdened with cardiovascular disease (CVD); however, the level of literacy about CVD among residents has not been well studied. This study aimed to examine the prevalence and factors of CVD health literacy (HL) among a sample of patients/caregivers, providers/professionals,...

Posted in: Cardiovascular Disease7

SMJ Article | Letter to the Editor

Discharge against Medical Advice

To the Editor: Discharge against medical advice (AMA) is a process by which a patient chooses to leave the hospital before a physician’s recommended discharge. Leaving AMA may expose a patient to the risk of an inadequately treated medical problem and possible readmission. Patients discharged AMA are at elevated risk...

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Streamlining Electronic Medical Records: Remove the Copy-Forward Option

Documentation and record keeping constitute a key feature of modern health care, often requiring more than half of the physician’s time during a patient visit.1 Electronic medical records (EMRs) have replaced handwritten notes and laboratory data printouts and have revolutionized patient record keeping in the last decade. The main advantage...

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Novel Opiate-Free Anesthetic Technique for Major Urologic Procedures

Objectives: We postulated that an opiate-free (OF) general anesthesia (GA) technique could adequately control a patient’s pain without adversely affecting recovery. We compared patients undergoing major urologic procedures with and without opiate-based GA. Methods: A propensity-matched analysis was performed comparing hospital length of stay, postoperative nausea and vomiting, ileus occurrence,...

Posted in: Nephrology and Urology5

SMJ Article | Letter to the Editor

Promoting Wellness and Resiliency: Faculty Development Professionals Respond to a Mass Shooting

To the Editor: Healthcare professionals face a unique set of stressors.1 A systems approach is needed to address stress and promote wellness among faculty.1 To foster a culture of resilience and wellness in their institution, faculty need to be equipped with practical skills.2

Posted in: Mental Health9

SMJ Article | Perspectives

In Search of a Femtor: The Complexities of Female Mentorship in Academic Medicine

My search for a femtor, otherwise known as a female mentor, began when I joined the faculty of a large academic medical center in my hometown approximately 6 years ago. Before that time, I already had several years of experience working in other academic institutions. The first few years out...

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CME Article: Use of e-Cigarettes and Development of Respiratory Conditions in Women of Childbearing Age

Objective: Women of childbearing age are encouraged not to smoke because of well-documented adverse health outcomes. This study examines the association between e-cigarette use and respiratory conditions (asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]) among women of childbearing age. Methods: The study used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance...

Posted in: Asthma1

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