Practice Guidelines

Practice Guidelines summarize important clinical recommendations from major medical organizations and the federal government.

Sep 15, 2009 Issue
ACG Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening
The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) updated its recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer in 2008, and continues to support colonoscopy in average-risk patients every 10 years based on the evidence of effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and patient acceptance.

Sep 1, 2009 Issue
IDSA Updates Guideline on Treatment of Candidiasis
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has published updated recommendations on the treatment of candidiasis.

Aug 15, 2009 Issue
ACP Releases Guidance Statement on Screening for HIV
The American College of Physicians (ACP) guideline presents the evidence on screening for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in adults and adolescents older than 13 years. This guidance statement was developed from an evaluation of guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Aug 1, 2009 Issue
ACP Guideline on Second-Generation Antidepressants for Depression Treatment
The American College of Physicians (ACP) released a clinical guideline that gave recommendations for using second-generation antidepressants in the treatment of depressive disorders and accompanying symptoms in adults. Depressive disorders addressed in the guideline include major depressive disorder (MDD), dysthymia, minor depression, and melancholia.

Jul 15, 2009 Issue
AAP Doubles Recommended Vitamin D Intake in Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has doubled the recommended intake of vitamin D to 400 IU per day for infants, children, and adolescents.

Jul 1, 2009 Issue
Practice Parameters for Managing Allergic Rhinitis
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI); the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI); and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (JCAAI) have created “The Diagnosis and Management of Rhinitis: An Updated Practice Parameter.”

Jun 15, 2009 Issue
ACG Releases Recommendations on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowl syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder characterized by abdominal discomfort and altered bowel function. The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) performed a series of systematic reviews, and developed evidence-based recommendations for the management of IBS.

Jun 1, 2009 Issue
AAN and EFNS Guideline on Diagnosing and Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia
Experts from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) reviewed the literature on the diagnosis and treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. Trigeminal neuralgia is defined as sudden, usually unilateral, severe, brief, stabbing, recurrent episodes of pain in one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve (i.e., the fifth cranial nerve).

May 15, 2009 Issue
AHA Releases Recommendations on Cardiovascular Monitoring and the Use of ADHD Medications in Children with Heart Disease
The American Heart Association (AHA) has released a scientific statement and recommendations about cardiovascular monitoring and the use of stimulants in children suspected or known to have heart disease.

May 15, 2009 Issue
AAP Responds to AHA Guidelines on Cardiovascular Monitoring Before Starting Stimulants for ADHD
A recent guideline from the American Heart Association (AHA) recommended routine electrocardiography (ECG) in children before they begin pharmacotherapy for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). That recommendation contradicts evidence-based recommendations from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

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