Infectious diseases, colorectal cancer, adult plaque psoriasis

At Pri-Med Midwest 2022, several clinicians gave presentations on key points they wanted to highlight regarding research on topics of interest in the world of medical sciences.

Some of the highlights emerged from topics such as infectious diseases, vector-borne viruses, COVID-19, plaque psoriasis in adults, and the importance of colorectal cancer screening. Each presenter highlighted the importance of the topics and elucidated the most impactful research and findings in the topics discussed.

Michael Angarone, DO

In a HCP Live interview with Michael Angarone, DO, associate professor of medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern, Angarone spoke on a variety of topics related to infectious diseases and emerging viruses.

“After SARS-CoV-2, and with the COVID pandemic, I think it’s something that’s been on everyone’s mind,” Angarone said. “There are a multitude of different infectious diseases that we see emerging. I think some of the ones clinicians should really be aware of is SARS-CoV-2, so I think that’s going to be with us for the foreseeable future.

He elaborated on specific infections considered to be public health issues such as monkeypox, burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria, Bourbon virus and various hantaviruses.

Charles Vega, MD

During his interview with HCP LiveCharles Vega, MD, Clinical Professor of Health Sciences in the Department of Family Medicine at UC Irvine, discussed a variety of topics covered in his Pri-Med talks, including common presentations on emergency care, atrial fibrillation and colorectal cancer.

“Colorectal cancer remains the third-largest cancer killer in the United States,” he said. “And it has a good turnaround time, which means if we catch it early, or we get better outcomes, and so it’s not just about preventing cancer-related mortality, which this study of The New England Journal has failed to demonstrate in terms of its group randomized to colonoscopy, or to usual care, but it’s about preventing…surgery, preventing chemotherapy and radiation and all the sequelae.

Vega then discussed elements of his presentation regarding aspirin use, autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), and the general state of preventive care.

Veronica Anwuri, MD

In another interview with HCP Livea discussion with Veronica Anwuri, MD, family medicine specialist for St. Luke’s Medical Group, regarding the use of treating plaque psoriasis in adults with apremilast.

Anwuri spoke about the difficulties many patients face with plaque psoriasis and its long-term effects.

“What we find is that patients don’t like to talk about it because they’ve tried things in the past and nothing worked,” Anwuri explained. “It’s a condition which, even if they see their GP, creates a lot of their debility, because people can see it and so it’s very embarrassing. And the other concern is that it creates a lot of pain and itching for the patients.

She discussed how treating plaque psoriasis with apremilast can benefit some patients with plaque psoriasis, as well as how patients can benefit from their psoriatic arthritis issues.

Find out more by reading on HCP LiveThe coverage of Pri-Med Midwest 2022.