Practice Guidelines

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

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.

Feb 15, 2003 Issue
Diagnosis and Management of Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recently updated a 1997 guideline for the diagnosis and management of group A streptococcal pharyngitis. The IDSA defined group A streptococcal pharyngitis as an acute infection of the oropharynx or nasopharynx that is caused by Streptococcus pyogenes.

Feb 1, 2003 Issue
AHA Releases Scientific Statement on Cardiovascular Health in Childhood
The American Heart Association (AHA) recently published a scientific statement on cardiovascular health in childhood. Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, making it responsible for about 500,000 deaths each year.

Jan 15, 2003 Issue
NIH Releases Statement on Managing Pain, Depression, and Fatigue in Cancer
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a statement on the management of cancer symptoms, including pain, depression, and fatigue. Physicians need to be able to identify who is at risk for these cancer-related symptoms, what treatments work best to address these problems, and how best to deliver interventions across the continuum of care.

Jan 1, 2003 Issue
Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule, United States, 2003 and Update on Childhood Immunizations
The 2003 Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule is now available, and includes a harmonized catch-up schedule for children who are behind in immunizations. The catch-up schedule offers specific guidance regarding the minimum time between doses as well as the number of doses for those who are behind schedule.

Dec 15, 2002 Issue
The 2003 Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule
The 2003 Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule provides age-based recommendations for routine vaccinations in a color-coded chart. In addition, it summarizes the recommendations and some contraindications of eight vaccines for adults with various medical conditions.

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