Practice Guidelines

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

Jul 1, 2003 Issue
NAEPP Updates Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma
The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) has published an update of their guidelines on diagnosing and managing asthma. The report identifies a set of 10 clinical activities for reducing symptoms and preventing exacerbations in patients with asthma.

Jun 15, 2003 Issue
CDC Updates Guidelines for Prevention and Control of Infections with Hepatitis Viruses in Correctional Settings
The National Center for Infectious Diseases recently issued consolidated and updated guidelines for the prevention and control of infections with hepatitis viruses in juvenile and adult correctional settings.

Jun 1, 2003 Issue
AAP Issues Screening Recommendations to Identify Hearing Loss in Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released screening recommendations for assessing hearing loss in children of all ages. Failure to detect children with congenital or acquired hearing loss may result in lifelong deficits in speech and language acquisition, poor academic performance, personal-social maladjustment, and emotional difficulties.

May 15, 2003 Issue
AAP Releases Policy Statement on Identifying and Treating Eating Disorders
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a statement on identifying and evaluating eating disorders; outpatient, hospital, and day-program treatment options; and prevention and advocacy suggestions.

May 1, 2003 Issue
ACS Updates Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cervical Neoplasia and Cancer
Guidelines for the early detection of cervical neoplasia and cancer are available from the American Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS recommends that cervical cancer screening begin approximately three years after the onset of vaginal intercourse or no later than 21 years of age.

Apr 15, 2003 Issue
CDC Releases Guidelines for Treating Adverse Reactions to Smallpox Vaccination
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines for diagnosing and treating adverse reactions to smallpox vaccination in the preoutbreak setting. Smallpox vaccine is made from live vaccinia virus but does not contain variola virus, which causes smallpox.

Apr 1, 2003 Issue
ACOG Releases Guidelines on Diagnosis and Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has published a clinical management guideline on the diagnosis and management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). As proposed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the diagnostic criteria are chronic anovulation and hyperandrogenism in women in whom secondary causes have been excluded.

Mar 15, 2003 Issue
AAFP/ACP-ASIM Release Guidelines on the Management and Prevention of Migraines
Guidelines for primary care physicians on the pharmacologic management of acute migraine attacks and the prevention of migraines are available from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM).

Mar 15, 2003 Issue
AAP Releases Clinical Report on Head Lice
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a statement clarifying issues of diagnosis and treatment of head lice and making recommendations for dealing with it in the school setting.

Mar 1, 2003 Issue
CDC Updates Guidelines for Prevention of Perinatal Group B Streptococcal Disease
The National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) recently issued revised guidelines for prevention of perinatal group B streptococcal (GBS) disease. GBS disease remains one of the leading causes of newborn morbidity and mortality, resulting in an estimated 1,600 early-onset cases and 80 deaths each year.

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