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    Cardiomyopathy: An Overview

    JAY BRIELER, MATTHEW A. BREEDEN, JANE TUCKER

    Understanding of the cardiomyopathies and their various etiologies has evolved considerably throughout the years. Although hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the form most commonly encountered in primary care, several acquired types can be identified with acute alertness to...

    Glucose Management in Hospitalized Patients

    CHARLES KODNER, LAURIE ANDERSON, KATHERINE POHLGEERS

    Challenges to glucose control in hospitalized patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus include determining blood glucose targets, judicious use of oral diabetes medications, and implementing appropriate insulin regimens. Although some experts and guidelines recommend stopping...

    Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia: Prevention and Management

    AARON SAGUIL, SHAWN KANE, MICHAEL MERCADO, REBECCA LAUTERS

    Herpes zoster, or shingles, is caused by reactivation of varicella zoster virus. Patients may present with malaise, headache, low-grade fever, and abnormal skin sensations for two to three days before the classic maculopapular rash appears. Herpes zoster can be treated with...

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    AAFP News: AFP Edition

    AAFP Urges CMS to Ease Looming Cuts to Office-based Laboratory Fees | Study: Formularies Offer Path to Reduce Opioid Prescribing | Survey Results Hold Good News for Primary Care Physicians | CDC: Suicide Rates Higher in Rural Areas

    Editorials

    The AAFP Cognitive Care Kit: A Resource for Family Physicians

    KRISTEN M. NEBEL, NATALIA Y. LOSKUTOVA

    The AAFP Cognitive Care Kit was designed to give primary care physicians access to recommended materials to identify, screen, care for, and educate patients with cognitive impairment, as well as assist caregivers.

    Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

    Gout: Diagnosis and Management

    MATTHEW R. NOSS, AARON SAGUIL

    What is the accuracy of clinical decision tools and imaging for the diagnosis of gout in the primary care setting, and how effective are medications used to treat and prevent gout?

    STEPS

    Reslizumab (Cinqair) for Eosinophilic Asthma

    ANNA BONDAR, MEGAN CARR

    Reslizumab is an expensive treatment option for decreasing exacerbations in patients with severe asthma and pronounced eosinophilia. Because of the risk of anaphylaxis, it should only be administered in an appropriate facility by a medical professional. Reslizumab is best...

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    Erythematous Lesion on a Newborn's Scalp

    AHMED ABUSAMRA, DEEPAL DHARIA, JOSEPH ALESHAKI

    A newborn examination revealed an erythematous lesion on the scalp. Ultrasonography revealed an anechoic subcutaneous mass that was not connected to the brain.

    Putting Prevention Into Practice

    Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection in Adults

    TINA FAN, AMY ROGERS

    G.R. is a 21-year-old nonpregnant woman who is new to the area and your office. She is applying to graduate school and wants to make sure her vaccinations are up to date. She reports she is doing well and has no concerns.

    Practice Guidelines

    Spondyloarthritis: NICE Releases Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment

    LISA HAUK

    Spondyloarthritis comprises inflammatory disorders that have some overlapping characteristics. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) released a guideline on diagnosing and treating spondyloarthritis.

    FPIN's Help Desk Answers

    Home Sleep Testing for Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    LISA HARRIS, KARL SWINSON

    Home portable monitoring can be used as a substitute for in-laboratory polysomnography for the diagnosis of OSA in patients with a high pretest probability. Most patients prefer home monitoring, and clinical outcomes among patients diagnosed by either method are comparable...

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Recommendation Statement

    The USPSTF recommends that primary care professionals individualize the decision to offer or refer adults without obesity who do not have hypertension, dyslipidemia, abnormal blood glucose levels, or diabetes to behavioral counseling to promote a healthful diet and physical...

    POEMs

    YEARS Clinical Decision Tool Decreases CTA in Patients with Suspected Pulmonary Embolism

    HENRY C. BARRY

    In this study, using a simplified algorithm in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism can safely decrease the number of CTAs.

    Mite-Impermeable Covers Decrease Hospital Visits in Kids with Asthma

    HENRY C. BARRY

    In children with house dust mite allergies and asthma, the use of mite-impermeable bedding decreases the frequency of asthma exacerbations.

    Treating Sleep Apnea with Positive Airway Pressure Does Not Reduce Adverse CV Outcomes or Mortality

    DAVID SLAWSON

    The use of PAP for adults with sleep apnea does not reduce adverse CV events or mortality. Patients who experience daytime fatigue at baseline benefit from reduced sleepiness and improved physical and mental well-being. Order sleep testing only in patients with signs or...

    Use of Mindfulness or Self-Hypnosis Provides Immediate Pain Relief to Hospitalized Patients

    NITA SHRIKANT KULKARNI

    Compared with psychoeducation, a single 15-minute session of training in mindfulness or self-hypnosis leads to greater immediate pain relief for hospitalized patients with at least moderate pain at baseline.

    Letters to the Editor

    Antipsychotic Use in Patients with Dementia with Lewy Bodies

    ROGER B. MORTIMER, AMANDA R. MORTIMER

    Lidocaine Patches Are No Better Than Placebo for Somatic Back Pain

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Cardiomyopathy

    Cardiomyopathy (CAR-dee-oh-my-AH-puh-thee) is a condition that affects your heart muscle and can lead to heart failure. It is often genetic, but may be caused by autoimmune diseases (like lupus), infections, certain medicines, diabetes, thyroid disorders, drinking too much...



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