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Wednesday Jan 22, 2020

Lady Gaga, Primary Care for Mental Health Is Part of the Cure

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that Lady Gaga's recent unfounded comments about mental health and primary care can be harmful to patients, pointing out why -- and how -- the AAFP supports mental health care in the primary care setting.


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Posted at 02:25PM Jan 22, 2020 by Lalita Abhyankar, MD, MHS | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jan 07, 2020

Small Steps Are Key to Making Resolutions Stick

Most New Year's resolutions fail before February. For this Fresh Perspectives blog post, we asked our new physician bloggers how they help patients make lifestyle changes that last.


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Posted at 12:48PM Jan 07, 2020 by Kurt Bravata, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Dec 03, 2019

Patients Need to Know the True Cost of 'Free' Screenings

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that free health screenings often come at a high cost and overshadow what patients actually need: prevention.


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Posted at 10:25AM Dec 03, 2019 by Natasha Bhuyan, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Nov 26, 2019

How Much Will This Cost, Doc?

Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that CME can arm physicians with new approaches to treatment, but too often discussions leave out the aspect of cost and value.


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Posted at 11:50AM Nov 26, 2019 by Allison Edwards, M.D. | Comments [0]

Wednesday Nov 20, 2019

Meth Use: The Most Challenging Chronic Disease I've Met

As her state deals with a new level of methamphetamine abuse, Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that she's confronting a wave of poor health outcomes related to the epidemic.


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Posted at 12:53PM Nov 20, 2019 by Kimberly Becher, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Oct 14, 2019

Lifestyle Medicine Is My Prescription for Better Health

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., is determined to convince his patients that a healthy diet, exercise and adequate rest are better than any medication he can prescribe.


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Posted at 03:41PM Oct 14, 2019 by Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Aug 06, 2019

Helping Patients Lose Weight Is Hard, but Don't Give Up

Human behavior is hard to change. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., ponders the challenge of helping patients achieve -- and sustain -- weight loss.


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Posted at 04:14PM Aug 06, 2019 by Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H. | Comments [0]

Wednesday Jul 31, 2019

Where Do You Draw the Line With Patients, Animals?

Amid calls for stricter standards for emotional support animals, we asked our new physician bloggers how they handle letter-writing requests from patients regarding their animals. This Fresh Perspectives blog post includes their answers.


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Posted at 02:53PM Jul 31, 2019 by Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jul 23, 2019

Patients Facing Homelessness Need More Than Referrals

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., explains why "Refer to social work" is not the natural conclusion of a physician's role in addressing social determinants of health among patients experiencing homelessness.


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Posted at 04:07PM Jul 23, 2019 by Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P. | Comments [0]

Monday Jul 15, 2019

My Teen Patient Opened Up About Her Suicide Attempt

Teen suicide rates are on the rise. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., shares insights from a recent visit with a teenage patient who survived a suicide attempt.


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Posted at 04:41PM Jul 15, 2019 by Lalita Abhyankar, MD, MHS | Comments [0]

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