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American Academy of Family Physicians Publishes Consumer Health Publication for Busy Patients
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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LEAWOOD, Kan. - The American Academy of Family Physicians has published a new consumer health resource for patients looking for simple, helpful information to improve their own health and the health of their families. "Family Doctor: Your Essential Guide to Health and Wellbeing" is available for review in family physicians' offices across the country and can be purchased online at familydoctor.org.
"It's a great resource chock-full of solid scientific information about a variety of health topics, and it's presented in a very easy-to-read style," said Michael O. Fleming, M.D., president of the AAFP and a family physician in Shreveport. La. "The articles are designed for busy people who want to ensure that they and their families have the information they need to lead healthy lives."
Produced by the AAFP and custom publisher Boston Hannah International, the 242-page, four-color publication has more than 75 articles on a wide range of health issues affecting patients and their families, including common health conditions, preventive care and mental health, among others. Additionally, there are sections devoted to topics of particular concern to specific age groups and both sexes.
"Since family physicians specialize in the treatment of all members of the family - from infants to grandparents - the topics covered in 'Family Doctor' are similarly broad," Fleming said.
Among the articles featured in "Family Doctor" are:
- Allergies and What Causes Them
- Breast Milk: Nature's Fast Food
- Making the Most of the Internet
- Growing Toward Adulthood
- Passport for Healthy Travel
- Impotence: Taking on the Old Taboo
- Menopause: Making Sense of HRT
- Helping Parents Help Themselves
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org.
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