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Practice Guidelines

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

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.


Dec 1, 2002 Issue
AHRQ Releases Review of Treatments for Allergic and Nonallergic Rhinitis
Rhinitis, classified as allergic or nonallergic, is a disorder characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the nasal passages. An evidence report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides a review of the available literature on the various treatments for allergic and nonallergic rhinitis.


Nov 15, 2002 Issue
CDC Releases 2002 Guidelines for Treating STDs: Part II. Human Papillomavirus and Hepatitis
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published the 2002 guidelines for treating sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Information on human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis is included.


Nov 1, 2002 Issue
CDC Releases 2002 Guidelines for Treating STDs: Part I. Diseases Characterized by Vaginal Discharge and PID
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published the 2002 guidelines for treating sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Information on diseases characterized by vaginal discharge, as well as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is included.


Oct 15, 2002 Issue
American Cancer Society Releases Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has issued its 2002 update on guidelines for reducing the risk of cancer with healthy food choices and physical activity.


Oct 1, 2002 Issue
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome in Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed a practice guideline on the diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in children. This syndrome occurs in children of all ages, but it is thought to be most common in preschool-aged children.


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