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Gender Differences in Industry Payments Among Cardiologists
Co-authored by Nasrien E Ibrahim and Roxana Mehran (with Inbar Raber, Cian P McCarthy, Mahmoud Al Rifai, Muthiah Vaduganathan, Erin D Michos, Malissa J Wood, Yvonne M Smyth, Doreen DeFaria Yeh, Aarti Asnani, John W McEvoy)

There is a wage gap among men and women practicing cardiology. Differences in industry funding can be both a consequence of and a contributor to gender differences in salaries. We sought to determine whether gender differences exist in the distribution, types, and amounts of industry payments among men and women in cardiology.

The Road to Implementing Home Blood Pressure Monitoring: Are We There Yet?
Co-authored by lead author D Edmund Anstey (Corey Bradley and Daichi Shimbo)

This editorial accompanies a recent manuscript by Tang and Juraschek et al. addressing utilization of home blood pressure monitoring and the importance of a physician recommendation and a partnership between patients and physicians for blood pressure control. This article additionally explores current barriers to utilization of home blood pressure monitoring and recent changes in medicare coverage relevant to its use.

Clinical Outcomes following Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion: A Single-Center Experience.
Co-authored by Demilade Adedinsewo (with Najiyah Salwa, Susie Sennhauser, Salman Farhat, Jeffery Winder, Elizabeth Lesser, Launia White, Carolyn Landolfo, K L Venkatachalam, Peter Pollak, Pragnesh Parikh)

Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure is an established alternative to anticoagulation therapy for stroke prophylaxis among patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. There are currently no guidelines on the choice of antithrombotic therapy following placement of the Watchman® device, the optimal time to discontinue anticoagulation or the duration of follow-up imaging after device deployment. Our main objective was to evaluate clinical outcomes among these patients.

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Sub-Saharan Africa Tackles COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities
Co-authored by Ernest Madu (with Kenechukwu Mezue, Paul Edwards, Ifeanyi Nsofor, Ahmed Goha, Ike Anya, Kristofer Madu, Dainia Baugh, Felix Nunura, Glen Gaulton)

As of May 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic had reached 187 countries with more than 3.7 million confirmed cases and 263,000 deaths. While sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has not been spared, the extent of disease is currently far less than in Europe or North America leading some to posit that climatic, genetic or other conditions will self-limit disease in this location. Nonethe­less, infections in tropical Africa continue to rise at an alarming pace with the...

WATCH | The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Webinar: Nursing's Role in Health Equity, Public Health Emergencies, and COVID-19

Watch the National Academy of Medicine hosted webinar, Nursing’s Role in Health Equity, Public Health Emergencies, and COVID-19 – Critical Issues for The Future of Nursing 2020-2030. During the webinar, representatives from the NAM study on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 shared updates on the study’s status and sought public input on nurses’ roles in responding to COVID-19. A panel of experts, including...

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