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Vindico Medical Education is solely dedicated to delivering the highest quality and immediately relevant educational programs. These activities provide health care professionals with information on clinical advances they need to better treat their patients.

Vindico delivers the highest quality and relevant educational programs and activities to physicians and other health care providers, with the ultimate goal of improving patient health. With delivery through the more than 30 specialty journals and newspapers published by its sister company, SLACK Incorporated, Vindico Medical Education has access to more than 300,000 physicians, nurses and other health care professionals every month, and long-standing relationships with key opinion leaders worldwide.


Achieving a Comfort Level in Managing Obesity in 2015 and Beyond

Obesity has increased dramatically in the past 20 years and is considered a health care epidemic in the United States. One-third of US adults are considered obese, having a body mass index of 30…
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Adult Intraocular Tumors

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess adult intraocular tumors.
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Advanced OCT Imaging Technology

Advances in retinal pharmacology have significantly improved outcomes for patients with a range of chronic retinal conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, macular edema, retinal vascular disorders and diseases of the vitreomacular interface. Maximizing the efficacy of available treatments requires the appropriate use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to diagnose these conditi...
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Advanced Optical Coherence Tomography Applications for the Retina Specialist Activity

Advances in retinal pharmacology have significantly improved outcomes for patients with a range of chronic retinal conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, macular edema, retinal vascular disorders and diseases of the vitreomacular interface. Maximizing the efficacy of available treatments requires the appropriate use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to diagnose these conditi...
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Advances in Pharmacokinetic Enhancers in HIV Treatment: What You Need to Know to Optimize Outcomes

Protease inhibitors (PIs) have played an instrumental role in decreasing mortality and morbidity among HIV-infected patients. These agents, however, have been associated with emergence of cross-resistance, reduction of active drug serum concentrations due to extensive CYP3A4-mediated metabolism, and a high pill burden. The need to improve both the effectiveness and convenience of PIs has led to ...
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AMD Masquerade Syndromes

Dr. Rosenfeld discusses how to identify AMD masquerade syndromes..…
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Anti-VEGF and Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Lim assesses the role of anti-VEGF therapy in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy…
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Antiplatelet Agents in ACS: Distinguishing Characteristics, Safety, and Efficacy

It is estimated that in the United States, each year, over 780,000 persons will experience an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), a condition that can result in substantial morbidity or death. To reduce the risk of cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction and stroke, antiplatelet therapy should be administered to patients with ACS. Choosing the most appropriate therapy for the different ...
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Antiplatelet Therapy in ACS and PCI

It is estimated that in the United States, each year, over 780,000 persons will experience an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), a condition that can result in substantial morbidity or death. To reduce the risk of cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction and stroke, antiplatelet therapy should be administered to patients with ACS. Choosing the most appropriate therapy for the different ...
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Antiplatelet Therapy in ACS and PCI

It is estimated that in the United States, each year, over 780,000 persons will experience an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), a condition that can result in substantial morbidity or death. To reduce the risk of cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction and stroke, antiplatelet therapy should be administered to patients with ACS. Choosing the most appropriate therapy for the different ...
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Applying Imaging, Biomarkers, and Immunotherapy in the Management of NSCLC

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common form of lung cancer, but the numerous subtypes make this disease challenging to accurately diagnose and manage. Careful technique is necessary to obtain adequate tissue and diligent attention to interpretation is critical to properly classify the disease. Once diagnosed, clinicians must identify optimal treatment regimens, which may include t...
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Assessing and Applying Real-world Data on Advanced Ocular Nutrition for an Age-old Dilemma

Clinicians continue to identify better approaches to managing age-related macular degeneration. There is a greater understanding of the role genetics plays in identifying patients at greater risk for disease progression. In addition, the 2 AREDS trials have shown the role of dietary supplementation in delaying the progression of the disease. In this activity, leading clinicians will discuss the ...
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Assessing Cornerstones for Successful Weight Loss: Building a Foundation that Really Works

Obesity has increased dramatically in the past 2 decades and is now considered a health care epidemic in the United States, where more than one-third of adults (34.9%) are affected by this disease. The main burden associated with obesity is an increased risk for some of the leading causes of preventable death, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and certain cancers. Diagno...
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Assessing Real-world Outcomes with New HCV Regimens in 2014: HCV-TARGET Registry Findings

The field of HCV treatment is rapidly evolving, with 2 new direct-acting antiviral agents (DAA) approved at the end of 2013 and several more approved in 2014. HCV-TARGET is an international consortium of academic and community investigators prospectively enrolling patients treated with HCV regimens that include a DAA to assess the effects of HCV therapy in the broader population. The HCV-TARGET ...
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Best of Lipid Forum III

Appropriate therapies for various dyslipidemias remain a challenge for practitioners struggling to reduce residual risk for cardiovascular disease, even after statin therapy to achieve optimal outcomes for their patients. World-class lipidologists discuss recent clinical trial data and their application to practice, as well as new and emerging therapies targeting LDL-C
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Best of Major Depressive Disorder Summit 2014

Major depressive disorder (MDD) affects nearly 21 million Americans in any given year with a lifetime incidence among US adults of 16.5%, and a yearly incidence of 6.7%, accounting for nearly 10% of all primary care office visits. The consequences of this disorder may be severe, encompassing potentially debilitating impairments to the patient’s physical as well as psychological health, quality...
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Best of RA Forum™ 2014

In the United States, the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been reported to range from 0.5% to 1.0% of the general population, and incidence rate increases with age. Up to 45% of people…
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Beyond Anti-VEGF: Is It Really A Choroidal Neovascular Membrane?

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess the role of anti-VEGF therapy in patients with neovascular AMD.
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Bilateral coronal synostosis (brachycephaly)

Dr. Wallace identifies bilateral coronal synostosis (brachycephaly).
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Binge Eating Disorder: Out of the Closet and Into a New Era of Diagnosis and Treatment

Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by insatiable food cravings that can occur at any time of the day or night. With the association of BED and obesity, this disorder has become a major public health issue that presents both medical and psychiatric issues that impair patients’ quality of life. While the prevalence of this disorder is increasing, awareness is lacking. BED is now includ...
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Biopsy of Intraocular Tumors

Dr. Demato assesses biopsy use in patients with intraocular tumors.
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Brachioplasty with Interdigitation of the Posteromedial Scar

Dr. Herman identifies the major steps in brachioplasty surgery and landmarks used to mark the brachioplasty incisions...
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Can We Modify the Progression of Diabetic Retinopathy?

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess strategies to modify the progression of diabetic retinopathy.
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Case Challenges in Pediatric Fatty Liver: What to Look For and When to Refer

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is characterized by excess fat deposition in the liver due to causes other than alcohol consumption and tends to develop in individuals who are overweight, obese or have diabetes, hypercholesterolemia or hypertriglyceridemia. With the growing obesity epidemic, pediatric NAFLD is on the rise. Left unmanaged, NAFLD may progress to cause progressive fibrosi...
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Case Presentation: Refractory Crohn’s Disease

Patients with Crohn’s disease can become refractory for many reasons. Some patients present with severe disease with stricture, fistula, and obstructive symptoms and undergo surgery prior to use of...
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Case Study: Elderly Woman with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Acute Coronary Syndrome

Managing patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), as well as choosing the most appropriate antiplatelet therapy and determining its duration, can represent a challenge for clinicians. Patients with diabetes represent a particular challenge, largely due to their greater risk of all-cause mortality following unstable angina (UA)/non ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) or ST-segment ele...
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Case Study: Oral Antiplatelet Therapy in a Patient with ACS and PCI

It is estimated that in the United States, over 780,000 persons annually will experience an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), a condition that can result in substantial morbidity or death. To reduce the risk of cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction and stroke, antiplatelet therapy should be administered to patients with ACS. Choosing the most appropriate therapy for the different ty...
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Challenges and Solutions in Retinal Vascular Disease: Pigment Epithelial Detachment and Refractory Diabetic Macular Edema

With anti-VEGF therapy well-established as front-line therapy in the management of age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema, clinicians are now facing more challenging clinical questions related to more difficult cases. The disease process of vascularized retinal pigment epithelial detachments in patients with AMD is not completely understood, but they are fairly common, and s...
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Challenges in HIV Screening and Prophylaxis: PrEP’ing for the Future

A substantial proportion of Americans with HIV remain undiagnosed and suboptimally treated. Failure to follow recommended screening protocols, particular for high-risk individuals, results in delayed diagnosis. Once diagnosed, many patients are lost to care increasing the risk of HIV transmission. Despite a high level of awareness of the evidence for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use, uptake b...
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Challenges in Managing Exudative AMD

Dr. Singh assesses patient outcomes related to the real-world use of anti-VEGF..…
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Changing Perspectives on HCV: What Gastroenterologists Need to Know

Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a leading cause of cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, liver transplant, hepatocellular carcinoma, and death from liver disease. The current prevalence of HCV in the United States has been estimated to be 5.2 million people and is expected to continue to increase over the next decade. Given this scenario, identification of HCV-infected individuals for...
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Coding and Compliance Issues Confronting the Retinal Specialist

This CME Activity focuses on the coding and compliance issues facing retina specialists…
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Complement in Rheumatic Disease

The immune system has many complex components . In this activity, learners will review the role complement plays in host protection and, conversely, how its disruption may contribute to the…
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Contemporary Management of Massive Submacular Hemorrhage

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess the contemporary management of massive submacular hemorrhage.
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Critical Issues in HBV - HBV Management in Complex Populations: Volume 1, Number 2

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global epidemic with a worldwide burden. Physicians must address the importance of timing and management options for treating HBV. This monograph will review the management of HBV during pregnancy, in children, adolescents, and immunocompromised patients, and address cultural competency in the clinician-patient dialogue to bridge cultural and language gaps ...
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CRITICAL ISSUES IN HBV: Considerations in Optimizing HBV Treatment

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global epidemic with a worldwide burden. Physicians must address the importance of timing and management options for treating HBV. This monograph will review the methods for implementing and monitoring best practices in initial therapy; evaluating underlying causes; and safety issues with long-term therapy. Also, highlighted is the data presented at the rec...
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Debating the Differences and Nuances of Antiplatelet Therapy in ACS and PCI: Not a One-Size-Fits-All?

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) can result in substantial morbidity or death. To reduce the risk of cardiovascular death, stroke, or non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI), dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) should be administered. While clinicians are comfortable prescribing clopidogrel (standard of care the 1990s), they are are less familiar with the newer, more potent antiplatelet agents, prasugrel...
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Diabetic Eye Disease: Implications of Early Recognition, Treatment, and Continuity of Care

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of new cases of legal blindness among working-age Americans. Initially asymptomatic, this disease can often progress silently, thereby placing patients at risk for vision loss, and making early identification of patients critical. Ophthalmologists are in the unique position to potentially diagnose patients who may not know they have diabetes and to reinfor...
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Diabetic Retinopathy: Optometrists’ Role in Facilitating Detection, Disease Management, and Patient Awareness

Diabetic retinopathy can result in devastating vision loss, with structural damage occurring before visual symptoms even manifest. As a result, early diagnosis is critical to maintaining vision for patients. Understanding the pathophysiology of diabetes will enable clinicians to identify patients at greatest risk for developing diabetes and related complications. In addition, developing strong s...
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Diagnostic Strategy to Make a Confident Diagnosis of IBD

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to diagnose their patients with IBD.
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Dysplasia and Colorectal Cancer in IBD

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to correlate dysplasia and colorectal Cancer in IBD.
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Emerging Treatments in Uveitis

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to evaluate emerging treatments in uveitis.
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En Face OCT Angiography of Macular Telangiectasia Type 2

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess en face OCT angiography of macular telangiectasia type 2.
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Enhancing Postoperative Outcomes in Joint Arthroplasty: Overstepping the Cornerstones of Traditional Pain Management

Orthopedic procedures are associated with varying degrees of postsurgical pain that represent a challenge for clinicians and a significant burden for patients. The potential of optimal postoperative pain control include improved cardiac, respiratory, and gastrointestinal functions; fewer thromboembolic complications; improved arterial graft survival; fewer septic complications; reduced chronic p...
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Estimating Survival After Treatment of Uveal Melanoma

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess survival following therapy for uveal melanoma.
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Evidence-Based Treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema

A leading cause of blindness in the United States, diabetic retinopathy is especially challenging because it is generally asymptomatic, even as the vision-threatening disease process progresses…
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Examining Diverse Patient Populations and Their Response to Therapy

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) can result in substantial morbidity or death. To reduce the risk of cardiovascular death, stroke, or non-fatal myocardial infarction in patients with ACS, dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) should be administered. Management of ACS in special populations (including women, the elderly, and patients with diabetes or chronic kidney disease) represents a particular challe...
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Expert Analysis on Mild-to-Moderate Ulcerative Colitis: Defining and Addressing Factors That Affect Outcomes

Treatment for ulcerative colitis (UC) should induce and maintain remission of symptoms and mucosal inflammation to improve patients’ quality of life, according to ACG practice guidelines. Despite the perception that mild-to-moderate UC is a relatively benign condition, many patients experience suboptimal outcomes including frequent relapse and progression to more severe disease. Optimal patien...
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Expert Interviews on Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis: Shifting the Paradigm in 2015

Treatment with disease modifying therapies (DMTs) can transform the otherwise debilitating course of multiple sclerosis (MS), a progressive, inflammatory, autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. For patients with established disease, DMTs are directed toward reducing the frequency and severity of clinical attacks, slowing the progression of disability, and reducing accumulation of lesi...
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Flow Controlled Vitrectomy: An Important Tool

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess flow controlled vitrectomy.
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Gaining Insight to Optimize Patient Outcomes: What Can We Do to Improve Postoperative Inflammation and Pain?

Postoperative pain and inflammation can result as a consequence of cataract surgery despite advances in surgical technique. Due to the global aging of the population, cataract patients typically have other comorbid conditions that may place them at a higher risk of developing postsurgical complications. In this activity, renowned ophthalmologists will review the prophylaxis and treatment of peri...
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HCV Council 2014 Recap - Critical Appraisal of Data: Recommendations for Clinical Practice in a Rapidly Evolving Therapeutic Landscape

Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a leading cause of cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma, and death from liver disease in the United States. Effective management of HCV continues to pose a challenge for health care practitioners. The discovery, development, and availability of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) offer new treatment options and the possibilit...
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HCV Council 2014 Revisited at AASLD - Critical Appraisal of Data: Recommendations for Clinical Practice in a Rapidly Evolving Therapeutic Landscape

Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a leading cause of cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma, and death from liver disease in the United States. Effective management of HCV continues to pose a challenge for health care practitioners. The discovery, development, and availability of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) offer new treatment options and the possibilit...
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HCV VOICE II: Optimizing Virological Outcomes with Integrated HCV Education

Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a leading cause of cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma, and death from liver disease in the United States. The discovery, development, and availability of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) offers new treatment options and the possibility of improved outcomes for newly diagnosed patients, as well as those who have experienc...
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http://www.healio.com/ophthalmology/education-lab/2014/11_november/emerging-therapeutics-and-expert-insights-on-improving-outcomes-in-cataract-surgery/cme-information

Approximately 20.5 million US residents 40 years and older have cataract in 1 or both eyes, and 6.1 million have had a lens surgically removed. By 2020, an estimated 30.1 million people will be affected by this condition. Cataract surgery is the most frequent surgery performed in the United States, and patients’ rising expectations for outcomes have driven the introduction of advanced-technolo...
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Improving Patient Adherence and Compliance to Therapy

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to to improve patient adherence and compliance to therapy.
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In Focus: Advances in AMD - Clinical Case: Long-term Management of Established Age-related Macular Degeneration

Long-term management of wet age-related macular degeneration can be challenging, as medications and dosing schedules that had previously improved visual acuity may lose efficacy. In this activity, David Boyer, MD, will review the considerations in treatment-experienced patients.
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IN FOCUS: Advances in AMD - State of Macular Degeneration in 2014‐2015

Anti-VEGF therapy has dramatically improved visual acuity outcomes for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration. Clinicians now must establish the best treatment regimens for their patients, taking into account differences in agents and dosing schedules, and the systemic concerns associated with anti-VEGF therapy. In this activity, Szilard Kiss, MD, reflects on advances in treatment du...
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IN FOCUS: Advances in AMD - Strategies and Options in Managing Wet and Dry AMD

The damage associated with age-related macular degeneration begins before visual symptoms occur, making early diagnosis critical in achieving the best outcomes for patients. Large-scale clinical trials have given significant evidence to support the use of anti-VEGF therapy in managing wet AMD, as well as suggest regimens that may prove more beneficial. Safety concerns and the potential for long-...
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In Focus: Advances in AMD – Clinical Case: Starting therapy in a patient newly diagnosed with wet AMD

Successful early treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration offers the best odds for maintaining visual acuity over time. In this activity, Seenu Hariprasad, MD, reviews the options for treatment-naïve patients and the data to support treatment choices.
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In Focus: Advances in AMD – Current, Emerging, and Future Strategies for the Management of Dry AMD

Dry age-related macular degeneration has proven to be a challenging condition for clinicians, and no pharmaceutical options have been shown to be effective. Dry AMD is a disease unique to humans, meaning animal models cannot be used to evaluate treatments. In this activity, Michael Singer, MD, will offer guidance on educating patients with dry AMD about their condition and review ongoing researc...
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In Focus: Advances in AMD – Managing Wet AMD in 2014 - What Do the Data Tell Us, and What Don’t They?

A number of clinical trials have established the use of anti-VEGF therapy as first-line therapy in the management of wet age-related macular degeneration, and considerable clinical research is now emerging comparing dosing schedules to guide clinicians on the optimal regimen for their patients. Important questions in the management of wet AMD remain and are being assessed in ongoing trials. In t...
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Insights on the Role of PDT in Retina Practice

Although anti-VEGF agents are well established as first-line therapy for age-related macular degeneration, more recent research has shown that there are multiple pathways that contribute to this disease, so anti-VEGF agents will not be successful in all cases. In addition, there are disease mimics that may present clinically similarly to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but are driven by ...
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Intraoperative Optical Coherence Tomography: The Present Role

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess the present role of intraoperative OCT (iOCT).
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Intravitreal Interventions – Volume 3, Number 2

Diabetic macular edema (DME) and macular edema associated with retinal vein occlusions (RVOs) are common vision-threatening retinal vascular disorders that historically have been treated with laser photocoagulation. Since the advent of intravitreal corticosteroids and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents, laser therapy has become less prevalent and pharmacologic agents, devices, and de...
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Intravitreal Interventions – Volume 3, Number 3

During the past decade, retinal pharmacology has come into its own. Intravitreal use of corticosteroids, anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) agents, and novel biologics are now standard-of-care therapies for some of ophthalmology's most challenging disorders, including neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinal vein occlusion, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, ...
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Intravitreal Interventions: Volume 4, Issue 1

Intravitreal pharmaceuticals have become the mainstay for retinal therapy. This series will review the latest data and guidelines for their use in a range of vascular disorders, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusion.
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Lessons from the HARBOR Study for Managing Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Dr. Dugel assesses treatment strategies in age-related macular degeneration…
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Local Therapy for Uveitis

Dr. Srivastava evaluates sustained local therapy for uveitis…
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Low- and No-Calorie Sweeteners in Weight Management: What Do You Need to Know?

The use of low- and no-calorie sweeteners continues to grow as consumers continue to purchase foods and beverages containing them. Low- and no-calorie sweeteners are regarded as an aid to limiting caloric intake to help control body weight and reduce the risk of weight-related diseases, including type 2 diabetes (T2D) and cardiovascular disease. Although low- and no-calorie beverages are a safe ...
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Management and Prevention of Infections in IBD

Dr. Velayos discusses how to manage and prevent infections in patients with IBD…
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Management of Pediatric Conjunctivitis and Otitis/Conjunctivitis Syndrome

Acute bacterial conjunctivitis affects approximately 1 of every 8 children each year, and 5 million cases occur in the United States annually. Although acute bacterial conjunctivitis is frequently self-limiting, the use of antibiotic eye drops has been associated with modestly improved rates of clinical and microbiological remission in comparison with the use of placebo. While prescribing an ant...
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Management of Pediatric Conjunctivitis and Otitis/Conjunctivitis Syndrome

Acute bacterial conjunctivitis –a very common presentation to pediatricians– affects approximately 1 of every 8 children each year, and 5 million cases occur in the United States annually. Although acute bacterial conjunctivitis is frequently self-limiting, the use of antibiotic eye drops have been associated with modestly improved rates of clinical and microbiological remission in compariso...
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Managing Diabetic Eye Disease Long-term: Examining New Evidence

In this activity, faculty will discuss how to apply clinical data into practice about the safety and efficacy of ophthalmic medications used to suppress ocular inflammation and manage diabetic…
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Managing Glaucoma 24/7: New Insights About Old Dilemmas

Intraocular pressure (IOP) control is a vital component in the management of glaucoma. In recent years, it has become clear that IOP is not constant, but fluctuates over the course of a 24-hour period, with nocturnal and positional variability. This is further complicated by the variable effectiveness of some glaucoma medications during a 24-hour period. As a result, peak IOP measurements often ...
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Managing Refractory Diabetic Macular Edema

Dr. Waheed assesses treatment strategies in refractory DME…
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Moderate to Severe Crohn's Disease

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess the management of moderate to severe Crohn’s Disease.
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Multiple Sclerosis and Women’s Health: Dispelling Myths and Improving Care

Multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, leads to various degrees of neurological symptoms and disability. Given the nature of this disease in women, it is important to address appropriate preventative gynecological care. Since women with MS are often diagnosed and treated during their reproductive years, family-planning considerations are another vi...
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New Advances, New Options: Evaluating the Changing Landscape of Hemophilia to Optimize Patient Outcomes

The bleeding abnormalities associated with hemophilia can have devastating consequences for patients. Recent advances have shown that 70% of cases are the result of inherited traits. Hemophilia A, typified by the lack of functional clotting factor VIII, is the most common followed by hemophilia B, which is caused by the absence of functional clotting factor IX. Although there is no cure, prophyl...
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New Concepts in Vitreous Surgery: Assessing the Impact of Fluidics and the Latest Vitreoretinal Techniques

The goal of the vitreous surgeon is to perform the desired surgical intervention, with minimum deleterious effects to the ocular tissues, and in the most efficient way possible. An understanding of…
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New Insights on the Treatment of Retinal Vascular Diseases: Focus on AMD, DME, and RVO

This slides-audio lectures discusses evaluating the latest clinical data regarding the use of VEGF inhibitors and other agents in the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
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Nutritional Supplementation in AMD – Applying Clinical Data to Practice

In this activity, Dr. Chew assesses nutritional supplementation in AMD and how to apply that clinical data to practice…
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Obesity Consults: Volume 2, Number 1

Obesity is suboptimally managed in clinical practice despite the availability of relevant guidelines and evidence-based interventions. Many physicians remain uncertain about assessing patients, its status as a chronic disease, how to use current treatment options, and communicating effectively with patients. Successful patient outcomes in obesity are hampered by a number of factors, including co...
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Obesity Consults: Volume 2, Number 2 Obesity Forum 2014 Highlighs

Management of obesity is complex, factoring in psychological, environmental, and physiologic causes. Treatment options include behavior modification, commercially prepared meals, agents that have been approved for the management of obesity, and bariatric surgery for patients with significant obesity or comorbidities. To understand which options will be best for your patient and to help them comm...
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Obesity Consults: Volume 2, Number 3 Biology and Behavior

Obesity is a complex, multifactorial disease. Understanding how psychology, genetics, biology and neurobiology contribute to weight gain can assist the clinician in developing a management strategy individualized to a given patient. In this activity, leading clinicians and researchers will discuss some of the many contributing factors that cause obesity as well as how these various factors can b...
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Obesity Consults: Volume 2, Number 4 - Obesity and the Cardiovascular System

Obesity is associated with a wide range of comorbid conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and cardiovascular disease. Clinicians must consider the patient's overall health when establishing a treatment strategy, and must also consider the adverse events associated with the medications available for the management of obesity to ensure patient safety. In this activity, clinici...
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Obesity Consults: Volume 2, Number 5 Practical Guide to Medications Approved for Chronic Weight Management

Several pharmacologic options for the management of obesity have been approved by the US FDA, giving clinicians a range of options for managing patients with obesity. Each of these agents should be assessed by considering their individual risk-benefit profiles in terms of their efficacy data and safety profile and each patient’s unique presentation, including comorbid conditions and concomitan...
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Ocriplasmin Treatment Outcomes: The Role Of Patient Selection

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to evaluate the role of patient selection in ocriplasmin treatment outcomes.
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OCT Angiography Imaging of Wet AMD and Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Waheed assess the role of optical coherence tomography angiography in patients with wet AMD and diabetes…
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OCT Angiography: The Next ‘Big Thing’ in Retinal Imaging

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography has the potential to significantly improve clinicians’ ability to view the retinal anatomy through the use of highly detailed 3-dimensional images that provide greater detail with better sensitivity, while eliminating the need for a contrast dye. These advances will aid clinicians in diagnosing disease, monitoring progression, and managing patient...
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OCT Imaging and Sickle Cell Retinopathy: New Findings

Dr. Lim discusses how to assess the role of OCT imaging in sickle cell retinopathy...
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OCT in the Management of Macular Edema


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Ocular Surface Disease in the Surgical Setting: Recognition and Treatment of an Increasing Dilemma

Dry eye disease (DED) is becoming an increasing burden as the population ages or undergoes treatments, procedures, or engages in tasks that predispose one to DED. Left untreated, DED can progress to cause significant morbidity. Despite this, many eye care professionals continue to underestimate the impact of DED on patients’ eye-related health, vision, and quality of life. As a result, DED is ...
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Opening the Window of Time in Stroke Therapy: New Evidence for the Emergency Department

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report an annual 130,000 stroke-related fatalities in the United States alone. Stroke is the cause of 1 in every 19 deaths and contributes heavily to national economic burden and patient disability. Management is time-sensitive; emergency medical service providers are generally the first to evaluate patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS), and are...
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PCI in ACS: Deciding Among Clopidogrel, Prasugrel, or Ticagrelor

It is estimated that in the United States, each year, over 780,000 persons will experience an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), a condition that can result in substantial morbidity or death. To reduce the risk of cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction and stroke, antiplatelet therapy should be administered to patients with ACS. Choosing the most appropriate therapy for the different ...
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PDT for the Management of Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy

Dr. Kokame analyzes the distinguishing features of PCV and apply the latest treatment strategies to manage this disease…
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Pediatric Metabolic Liver Disorders: Diagnostic Challenges via Case Choice

Genetic abnormalities affecting the synthesis or catabolism of metabolic enzymes can lead to the development of serious hepatic disorders. Although individually rare, the 2012 Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network report states that, collectively, metabolic liver diseases account for approximately 9% of pediatric liver transplantation cases in the United States. Because of the rare natur...
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Pediatric Perspectives on the Management of Diarrhea in Infants and Children - Monograph

An estimated 1.2 million cases of giardiasis and 750,000 cases of cryptosporidiosis occur in the United States annually. Cryptosporidium and Giardia are the most common protozoal causes of diarrhea in the developed and developing world. Persistent diarrhea, common in community pediatrics, is often caused by organisms such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium. This activity will focus on the most clini...
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Platelet Function and Genetic Testing: Current Status and Use

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) can result in substantial morbidity or death. To reduce the risk of cardiovascular death, stroke, or non-fatal myocardial infarction in patients with ACS, dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) should be administered. Optimization of DAPT therapy in patients with ACS requires balancing the risks of thrombotic and bleeding events in individual patients. Finding the optimal...
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Postoperative Ocular Inflammation and Pain: Achieving a Clear Consensus on Prevention and Treatment

The pain and inflammation associated with cataract surgery remain significant challenges for the ophthalmic surgeon and are critical to achieving patient satisfaction postoperatively. Careful technique and prophylactic measures can minimize the risks associated with cataract surgery, while emerging therapies may provide better options for surgeons. Clinicians also must be aware of quality report...
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Practical Strategies Combining Anti-VEGF Agents and Steroids

A leading cause of blindness in the United States, diabetic retinopathy is especially challenging because it is generally asymptomatic, even as the vision-threatening disease process progresses. Screening to identify patients early is critical to afford patients the best visual outcomes. Anti-VEGF agents and corticosteroids have been established as effective treatment options to prevent new bl...
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Premium Cataract Surgery in 2015: Comparing Surgical Techniques

Patients have high expectations for their visual acuity following cataract surgery and implantation of premium IOLs. To meet these expectations, surgeons must thoroughly assess the patient, carefully match the patient’s visual needs with the appropriate IOL, and employ perfect technique and the latest technology to perform the surgery. Taking these steps will significantly reduce the risk of c...
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Psych Forum 2014 Highlights

Schizophrenia is a common and serious disabling mental illness, estimated to affect 24 million people worldwide. Characterized by symptoms of delusions and hallucinations, the underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms are poorly understood, and inadequacy of the major conceptual models of schizophrenia is a major roadblock in providing a coherent explanation for the known facts of the illness. Alth...
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Quality Measures for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to implement procedures to ensure that quality of care is applied equally to all patients in their practice.
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Quantitative Assessment of PEDs With SDOCT in Response to Anti-VEGF Therapy

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to analyze the quantitative assessment of PEDs with SDOCT in response to anti-VEGF therapy.
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RA Forum Pre-study: Applying Immunologic Management Approaches in Rheumatoid Arthritis

The recent advent of biologic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) has transformed the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment landscape from symptom management to disease modification. These…
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Rapid Response from HAWAIIAN EYE 2015: Managing Diabetic Eye Disease

Recent approvals have expanded clinicians’ options for the management of diabetic macular edema, making a thorough understanding of their efficacy and safety profiles critical in the management of patients. The FDA is also considering expanding the indications for some agents to include proliferative diabetic retinopathy based on subanalyses of clinical trials. If found to be a viable treatmen...
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Rapid Response: Real World Use of Anti-VEGF Therapy - Clinical Experience Beyond Pivotal Trials

Management of retinal vascular diseases with anti-VEGF therapy has been well-established through large-scale trials. Smaller trials, in settings closer to typical clinical practice, provide valuable practical information on patient selection, safety issues, and delivery strategies that can help guide clinicians. In this activity, leading experts will review the latest data and discuss how it add...
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Real-World Use of Anti-VEGF Therapy

Recent approvals have expanded clinicians’ options for the management of diabetic eye disease. Anti-VEGF therapy remains first-line therapy for the management of diabetic macular edema, and a thorough understanding of the efficacy and safety profiles critical in the management of patients. The FDA has also expanded the indications for one agent, with another under consideration, to include pro...
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Real-world Use of Anti-VEGF Therapy

Anti-VEGF is well established as first-line therapy for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME) and age-related macular degeneration. What is still being determined are the optimal dosing regimens for these conditions. Recognizing how these macular diseases respond differently to therapy is critical to achieving best results for patients. Recently, 2 anti-VEGF agents have been approved to ...
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Regimen Selection in HIV: Considering New Options to Optimize Outcomes Monograph

More than 2 decades into the antiretroviral therapy (ART) era, numerous options are available for HIV treatment. The goal of therapy remains long-term virologic suppression while minimizing drug toxicity. Some newer agents offer advantages in safety, convenience, and tolerability for both treatment-naïve and treatment-experienced patients. Reflecting these advances, HIV treatment guidelines hav...
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Regimen Selection in HIV: Considering New Options to Optimize Outcomes

More than two decades into the antiretroviral therapy (ART) era, there are numerous options for HIV treatment. The goal of therapy remains long term virologic suppression while minimizing drug toxicity. Some newer agents offer advantages in safety, convenience and tolerability for both treatment naïve and experienced patients. Reflecting these advances, HIV treatment guidelines have evolved to ...
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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Pathophysiology, Risk Factors and Guidelines Driven Management

In the United States, the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been reported to range from 0.5% to 1.0% of the general population, and incidence rate increases with age. Up to 45% of people with RA experience activity limitation, 31% experiencing work limitation, and disability increases with disease duration. With the knowledge that RA is initiated by immune mechanisms, therapy has evolv...
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Risk Assessment Strategies and Preventive Health in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to evaluate risk assessment strategies and preventive health measures in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
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Safety of Ocriplasmin

Dr. Kaiser evaluates the safety of ocriplasmin.
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Schizophrenia: Improving Outcomes by Enhancing Adherence to Treatment

Schizophrenia is a mentally disabling condition characterized by hallucinations, affective changes, societal disengagement, and a multitude of other psychosocial symptoms leading to personal, social, criminal, and sometimes even fatal consequences. Several antipsychotic agents and treatment adjuncts are available for the management of this chronic condition. However, due to the neurophysiologic ...
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Screening and Treatment of Diabetes-Associated Eye Disease: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

Diabetic retinopathy is a major cause of blindness among adults aged 40 years and older. Optimal outcomes necessitates good patient awareness, timely screening and treatment. However, knowledge and practice gaps can prevent optimal disease management. This CME activity will encourage health care professionals to change practice behaviors to improve patient outcomes.
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Severe Hypertriglyceridemia: Confronting the Complex Issues in Etiology and Treatment

Hypertriglyceridemia is a highly prevalent, yet modifiable, risk factor for atherosclerotic disease, pancreatitis, and associated complications. With new therapies emerging for severe hypertriglyceridemia, clinicians must be well-versed on new safety, efficacy, and tolerability data associated with existing, newly approved, and emerging investigational agents. In this activity, learners will rev...
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Steroids and DME

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess the role of intravitreal steroids in the treatment of diabetic macular edema.
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Sustained Release Anti-VEGF Strategies

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess sustained release anti-VEGF strategies.
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Swept OCT Source

Dr. Sadda assesses the potential and value of swept source OCT.
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Synovial Phenotypes in Rheumatoid Arthritis Correlate With Response to Biologic Therapeutics

In this activity, learners will review emerging molecular and cellular processes driving the variability in response to biologics used in the management of rheumatoid arthritis…
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T-cell Checkpoints: Autoimmunity, Cancer, and Infection

Modulation of the immune response has become the cornerstone of treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. In this activity, learners will explore the…
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Tailored Therapies for Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) represent a group of myeloid clonal hemopathies with heterogeneous clinical manifestations. The main clinical complication in MDS is morbidity due to cytopenias and the potential to progress into acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Unfortunately, approximately 30% of patients will eventually develop leukemia, and even in those who do not, prognosis is extremely poor. Pr...
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Taming the Beast: New Insights on Treating Mucosal Inflammation in Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is the most common inflammatory bowel disease in the world and is associated with significant morbidity and diminished quality of life. Historically, treatment options have had limited success, with half of patients failing to achieve sustained remission. Recently approved therapies have been shown to reduce symptoms and achieve remission. In this activity, leading clinician...
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Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy in the Management of Metastatic Melanoma: 2014 Updates - Monograph

Melanoma remains a challenging condition for clinicians. An array of targeted therapies and immunotherapy are in development, with the hope of dramatically improving outcomes for patients. Understanding the optimal strategies for implementing these therapies will be critical for physicians. In this program, leading clinicians and researchers discuss the state of the science for targeted therapie...
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Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy in the Management of Metastatic Melanoma: 2014 Updates - Monograph

Melanoma remains a challenging condition for clinicians. An array of targeted therapies and immunotherapy are in development, with the hope of dramatically improving outcomes for patients. Understanding the optimal strategies for implementing these therapies will be critical for physicians. In this program, leading clinicians and researchers discuss the state of the science for targeted therapie...
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The CMS Data: It’s More Than Just Dollars

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess the role of ultrahigh resolution OCT for foveal pathology.
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The Evolving Roles of B Cells in Autoimmune Diseases Including Rheumatoid Arthritis

Developments in the understanding of immunology have led to advances in the management of rheumatoid arthritis and related diseases. In this activity, participants will learn about the role of B…
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The Evolving Roles of B Cells in Autoimmune Diseases Including Rheumatoid Arthritis

Developments in the understanding of immunology have led to advances in the management of rheumatoid arthritis and related diseases. In this activity, participants will learn about the role of B...
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The Utility of ICG Angiography (ICGA) in 2015

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess the utility of indocyanine green angiography (ICGA).
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Treatment of Central Vein Occlusion: Where Are We in 2015?

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess the treatment of retinal vein occlusion.
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Treatment of Pigment Epithelial Detachments in Wet AMD

Dr. Rosenfeld assesses evidence-based medicine and best practices regarding the safe and effective use of treatment options for patients with retinal pigment epithelial detachments in neovascular…
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Treatment of Refractory Diabetic Macular Edema

Dr. Waheed discusses how to apply effective treatment in patients with diabetic macular edema who demonstrate a poor response to initial therapy…
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Trends and Trials: Prevention of Miosis, Postoperative Pain, and Inflammation

Postoperative inflammation is a natural side effect of cataract surgery. However, a clear consensus on the prevention of miosis and the treatment of inflammation and pain following cataract surgery has not been achieved. Customizing the therapeutic regimen for each individual patient is necessary. Although post-surgical complications are rare, the clinician must keep current on the latest develo...
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Trends in Coding and Compliance: 2015 Updates

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able todiscuss the most recent trends in coding among retina specialists.
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Ultrahigh Resolution OCT of Foveal Disorders

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess the role of ultrahigh resolution OCT for foveal pathology.
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Unilateral Coronal Synostosis (Anterior Plagiocephaly)

Dr. Wallace identifies and manage unilateral coronal synostosis (anterior plagiocephaly).
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Update on Diagnosis and Treatment of Idiopathic Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess the diagnosis and treatment of central serous chorioretinopathy.
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Updates in Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: What New Guidelines Mean to Your Practice

Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) accounts for 5% to 15% of patients diagnosed with JIA and is the most severe form of the disease. Systemic JIA is responsible for a disproportionate share of the morbidity and mortality associated with childhood arthritis. In the past 2 years, data regarding the treatment of systemic JIA have increased rapidly, and the first 2 drugs have been approved...
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Vitreomacular Adhesion: Addressing Patient Selection and Safety Concerns for Optimal Treatment

With the approval of a pharmacologic option to resolve vitreomacular adhesion, clinicians are tasked to determine how to best incorporate it into their practices. Clinical trials have shown that ocriplasmin is effective, but also that this efficacy is most pronounced in well-selected patients. In this activity, leading clinicians will discuss optimal OCT and clinical selection criteria to ensure...
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Vitreomacular Adhesion: Addressing Patient Selection and Safety Concerns for Optimal Treatment

Clinicians gained a new option for the management of vitreomacular adhesion in 2012 with the FDA approval of a vitreolytic agent, ocriplasmin. Since that approval, its usage in clinical practice has yielded significant data to better identify the patients likely to benefit from this drug, as well as the safety issues associated with its use. In this monograph, leading clinicians will review sele...
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Wide-field Retinal Imaging: Applications and Limitations

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to assess the contemporary management of massive submacular hemorrhage.
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