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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]

Monday Jun 03, 2019

Rural FPs Need More Support in Treating Mental Illness

Rural physicians and their patients face significant barriers when it comes to providing mental health care. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Tate Hinkle, M.D., suggests strategies to help overcome these problems.


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Posted at 12:25PM Jun 03, 2019 by Tate Hinkle, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Apr 30, 2019

It's Humbling to Be Reminded How Much There Is to Know

Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that a moment of self-doubt provided motivation for her to learn more and do better.


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Posted at 04:09PM Apr 30, 2019 by Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H. | Comments [0]

Monday Apr 22, 2019

How Many Chances Should We Give Patients? It Depends

Patients trying to recover from substance use disorders face numerous obstacles. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Kurt Bravata, M.D., examines how family physicians can help.


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Posted at 02:22PM Apr 22, 2019 by Kurt Bravata, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Apr 02, 2019

EAT-Lancet Recommendations Have Value, but Are They Feasible?

A new report on diet and agriculture aims to improve the health of the earth and its human inhabitants. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., lauds the commission's effort but questions the feasibility of its recommendations.


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Posted at 01:14PM Apr 02, 2019 by Lalita Abhyankar, MD, MHS | Comments [0]

Tuesday Mar 05, 2019

Our Maternal Mortality Rate Is Shameful

The United States is the only developed nation with a rapidly increasing maternal mortality rate. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines what should be done about it.


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Posted at 12:50PM Mar 05, 2019 by Natasha Bhuyan, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Feb 12, 2019

Are Your Patients Wasting Money on Supplements?

According to the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, a recent survey found that nearly 90 percent of adults take vitamins or supplements, but less than 25 percent of respondents had a confirmed nutrient deficiency.


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Posted at 04:15PM Feb 12, 2019 by Mikhail Varshavski, D.O. | Comments [0]

Friday Sep 21, 2018

POCUS: A Small Tool With Big Benefits for Primary Care

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., writes that as ultrasound devices get smaller, more powerful and more affordable, they can help reduce costs and improve patient care and safety.


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Posted at 10:19AM Sep 21, 2018 by Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Sep 17, 2018

I Hired a Community Health Worker and Now We Work Miracles

Patients need doctors, but some need more help to achieve better health. Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog about the dramatic difference a community health worker has made in her practice.


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Posted at 02:49PM Sep 17, 2018 by Kimberly Becher, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Aug 27, 2018

Putting My Broad-scope Training to the Test

Tate Hinkle, M.D., and his primary care colleagues tested the limits of their broad-scope training when a wave of subspecialists left their small, rural community.


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Posted at 03:46PM Aug 27, 2018 by Tate Hinkle, M.D. | Comments [0]

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