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Back to Basics: Five Steps to Better Influenza Vaccination Rates -- FPM

Dec 1, 2017 - Getting more patients immunized against the flu does not require complicated strategies.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/1100/p30.html

Potential Benefits of L-Carnitine as Dietary Supplement - Letters to the Editor - ...

Dec 1, 2017 - ...to afplet@aafp.org, or 11400 Tomahawk Creek Pkwy., Leawood, KS 66211-2680. Include your complete address, e-mail address, and telephone number. Letters should be fewer than 400 words and limited to six references, one table or figure, and three authors. Letters submitted for...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1201/ol1.html

USPSTF Recommendations: New and Updated in 2016 - Editorials - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2017 - In 2016, the USPSTF updated 14 previous recommendation statements and added a new recommendation on screening for autism spectrum disorder. Several updated recommendations are notable for having significant changes.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1201/p697.html

Opting Out of Medicare: How to Get Out and Stay Out -- FPM

Dec 1, 2017 - Physicians can cut ties with Medicare and privately contract with Medicare beneficiaries, but doing it incorrectly can be costly.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/1100/p17.html

Tax Bills Could Add to Health Care's Ills

Provisions in both the House and Senate tax bills could hold negative consequences for physicians and patients. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details in the latest In the Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20171121ITT_taxes.html

Just the Facts: Can Patient Education Help in Obesity Crisis?

Physicians may feel like they're losing the battle against obesity. Can patient education reduce the problem?

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171120lv-patiented.html

In Defense of Reproductive Health Care

Starting Jan. 1, employers can refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception. Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O., points out that partisan arguments about birth control overlook the fact that women use these medications for many other conditions.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171117fp-contraception.html

Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia: Prevention and Management - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2017 - Herpes zoster, or shingles, is caused by reactivation of varicella zoster virus, which causes chickenpox. There are an estimated 1 million cases in the Unites States annually, with an individual lifetime risk of 30%. Patients with conditions that decrease cell-mediated immunity are 20 ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1115/p656.html

Glucose Management in Hospitalized Patients - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2017 - Glucose management in hospitalized patients poses challenges to physicians, including identifying blood glucose targets, judicious use of oral diabetes mellitus medications, and implementing appropriate insulin regimens. Uncontrolled blood glucose levels can lead to deleterious effects ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1115/p648.html

Family Physicians Continue to Combat Opioid Crisis

Family Physicians Continue to Combat Opioid Crisis

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/opioid-media-kit.html

Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction: Diagnosis and Management - American ...

Nov 1, 2017 - Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, also referred to as diastolic heart failure, causes almost one-half of the 5 million cases of heart failure in the United States. It is more common among older patients and women, and results from abnormalities of active ventricular ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1101/p582.html

Statins in Persons at Low Risk of Cardiovascular Disease - Medicine by the Numbers - ...

Nov 1, 2017 - Despite the small reductions in nonfatal heart attacks and strokes, statins were not associated with a reduction in serious illness overall.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1101/od1.html

Selecting POEMs Studies from the Larger Body of Evidence - Letters to the Editor - ...

Nov 1, 2017 - ...applaud the main intent of this article: using current evidence to critically assess testing and treatments for common conditions in family medicine. I am a fan of the daily POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters) series, and I regularly distribute them to my residents. I...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1101/p565.html

Risk of Preterm Birth with Vaginal Progesterone in Twin Pregnancies - FPIN's Help Desk ...

Nov 1, 2017 - Women with twin pregnancies should not routinely receive vaginal progesterone because it does not reduce the risk of preterm birth. Vaginal progesterone should be administered to reduce adverse neonatal outcomes in women with twin pregnancies and a short cervix (25 mm or less).

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1101/od3.html

AHRQ's Tools for Better Practice: Helping Family Physicians Manage Today's Challenges -...

Nov 1, 2017 - The AHRQ invests in innovative primary care research to generate new knowledge, synthesize existing evidence that is applicable to the primary care setting, and create tools for improving primary care practice. They would like your feedback on the tools included in this article.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1101/p569.html

AAFP News - Nov 1, 2017 - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2017 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1101/p562.html

Viral Response to #MeToo Shines Light on Need for Change

In light of the #MeToo phenomenon, we asked our new physician bloggers to share their perspectives on the pervasive nature of sexual harassment and assault in our society.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171019fp-metoo.html

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2017 - Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) result from intrauterine exposure to alcohol and are the most common nonheritable causes of intellectual disability. The percentage of women who drink or binge drink during pregnancy has increased since 2012. FAS ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1015/p515.html

Bladder Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2017 - Bladder cancer is the sixth most prevalent malignancy in the United States and causes more than 16,000 deaths annually. The most common clinical presentation is asymptomatic hematuria, which should prompt evaluation with cystoscopy, renal function testing, and upper urinary tract ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1015/p507.html

Social Media Use and Mood Disorders: When Is It Time to Unplug? - Curbside Consultation...

Oct 15, 2017 - Americans spend more time on Facebook, the world's largest online social network, than any other website. On the surface, social media networks provide an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. However, rather than enhancing well-being by ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1015/p537.html

Newer Oral Hypoglycemics Do Not Increase or Decrease Mortality - POEMs - American ...

Oct 15, 2017 - This seems like a strange question considering that the goal is to decrease mortality with drug therapy. Nevertheless, this study showed that the new kids on the diabetes block—exenatide (Byetta), dulaglutide (Trulicity), sitagliptin (Januvia), saxagliptin (Onglyza), and others—do not ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1015/od2.html

AAFP News - Oct 15, 2017 - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2017 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1015/p489.html

Reviewing a Strange, Historic Week in Washington

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survived yet another repeal effort, and an HHS secretary was ousted. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the strange final week of September (and relates how you can help with ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ITT_20171010.html

Testosterone Therapy: Review of Clinical Applications - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2017 - Testosterone therapy is increasingly common in the United States, and many of these prescriptions are written by primary care physicians. There is conflicting evidence on the benefit of male testosterone therapy for age-related declines in testosterone. Physicians should not measure ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/p441.html

Prolonged Dual Antiplatelet Therapy After MI Reduces Major Adverse Cardiac Events - ...

Oct 1, 2017 - In patients who are stable one year post-MI, prolonged use of dual antiplatelet therapy may be an effective treatment to decrease major cardiac events and cardiovascular mortality.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/od1.html

Recurrent Ischemic Stroke: Strategies for Prevention - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2017 - Recurrent strokes make up almost 25% of the nearly 800,000 strokes that occur annually in the United States. Risk factors for ischemic stroke include hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, sleep apnea, and obesity. Lifestyle modifications, including tobacco cessation, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/p436.html

Laxatives for the Management of Childhood Constipation - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Oct 1, 2017 - Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is superior to placebo (mean difference [MD] = 2.61 more stools per week; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.15 to 4.08), lactulose (MD = 0.70; 95% CI, 0.10 to 1.31), and milk of magnesia (MD = 0.69; 95% CI, 0.48 to 0.89) at increasing the number of bowel ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/p433.html

Finding the Bright Spots in Value-Based Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2017 - Taking one small step at a time, primary care practices can lead the way as the health care system begins to reward value.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0900/p21.html

Technology Tools and Trends for Better Patient Care: Beyond the EHR -- FPM

Oct 1, 2017 - From remote monitoring of chronic diseases to virtual assistants in the exam room, technology will improve practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0900/p28.html

How to Talk to Reluctant Patients About the Flu Shot -- FPM

Oct 1, 2017 - This three-step framework can help you address patients' concerns about influenza immunization.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0900/p6.html

Assessing Bleeding Risk in Patients Taking Anticoagulants - Point-of-Care Guides - ...

Oct 1, 2017 - Family physicians are often faced with the dilemma of balancing the benefit of stroke prevention with the risk of major bleeding when deciding on anticoagulation treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation. Over the past 10 years, several decision support tools have been developed ...

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/p465.html

Reducing Frustration and Increasing Fulfillment: Reframing -- FPM

Oct 1, 2017 - To better handle challenging patients or situations, try modifying the way you view them.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0900/p12.html

Evaluating Physician Employment Contracts: How Do Your Benefits Measure Up? -- FPM

Oct 1, 2017 - From signing bonuses to relocation and continuing education allowances, your employment contract needs to provide more than a competitive salary.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0900/p9.html

Treatments for Nocturnal Leg Cramps - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2017 - Calcium channel blockers or B vitamins may lead to short-term improvement in nocturnal leg cramps. Stretching has mixed results. Quinine is effective but is no longer recommended, and it is not approved for treatment of leg cramps because of potential toxicity.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/od3.html

Up in Smoke: Western Fires Pose Public Health Hazard

Melissa Hemphill, M.D., writes that the wildfires scorching the Pacific Northwest are a public health hazard, and the threat is getting worse each year.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170929fp-fires.html

Here We Go Again: GOP Attempting ACA Repeal

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survived four Senate votes regarding repeal and replacement in July, but Senate Republicans are set to try again this week. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines what's at stake.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ITT_20170926.html

How a Bill Becomes a Wall

Through words and drawings, Anita Ravi, M.D., illustrates how the Graham-Cassidy bill currently under consideration in the Senate could make health care worse.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170925fp-grahamcassidy.html

Rural Practice Stretches Our Skills, Supports Our Families

Only 3 percent of final-year residents are interested in practicing in small towns. AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, Alaska, makes the case for why they should.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170925lv-ruralmedicine.html

Hair Loss: Common Causes and Treatment - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2017 - Hair loss is often distressing and can have a significant effect on the patient’s quality of life. Patients may present to their family physician first with diffuse or patchy hair loss. Scarring alopecia is best evaluated by a dermatologist. Nonscarring alopecias can be readily ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/p371.html

Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Recognition and Management - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2017 - Vitamin B12 deficiency is a common cause of megaloblastic anemia, various neuropsychiatric symptoms, and other clinical manifestations. Screening average-risk adults for vitamin B12 deficiency is not recommended. Screening may be warranted in patients with one or more risk factors, such...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/p384.html

How Family Physicians Can Combat the Opioid Epidemic - Editorials - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2017 - Family physicians must commit to responsible prescribing of opioid medications. The decision to initiate opioid therapy should be a careful and deliberate one, especially in patients who are at risk of addiction.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/p357.html

Screening for Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents - Putting ...

Sep 15, 2017 - R.J. is a 27-year-old man who presents for a well-patient visit. He always keeps his appointments and likes to make sure he is healthy. R.J. has started a new relationship and asks if he should be screened for syphilis.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/p393.html

Glycopyrrolate (Seebri Neohaler) for Maintenance Therapy in Patients with COPD - STEPS ...

Sep 15, 2017 - Glycopyrrolate is a safe option for maintenance treatment to prevent moderate to severe exacerbations in patients with moderate to severe COPD, with only mild and rare adverse effects.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/p395.html

AAFP News - Sep 15, 2017 - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2017 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/p356.html

What Should We Tell Parents About Concussions, Contact Sports?

Despite an abundance of research regarding head injuries, counseling parents and young athletes about the risks of contact sports is complicated.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170913fp-concussions.html

Physician Wellness: Advocate for Family Medicine -- Physician Health First

Unite with other family physicians to organize, discuss, and influence policies that advocate for physician wellness in Washington, D.C.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/phf/get-involved.html

Varenicline for Smoking Cessation - Medicine by the Numbers - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2017 - Do the benefits outweigh the harms of using varenicline (Chantix) for smoking cessation? Read more to find out.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0901/od1.html

Aseptic and Bacterial Meningitis: Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention - American ...

Sep 1, 2017 - The etiologies of meningitis range in severity from benign and self-limited to life-threatening with potentially severe morbidity. Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency that requires prompt recognition and treatment. Mortality remains high despite the introduction of vaccinations ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0901/p314.html

Vitamin D for the Management of Asthma - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family ...

Sep 1, 2017 - Despite the authors' caution that further data are needed to clarify the role of vitamin D in care, this Cochrane review found that its use reduces the average number of asthma exacerbations requiring corticosteroid treatment from 0.44 to 0.28 per person per year.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0901/p290.html

Differences Between the AAFP Atrial Fibrillation Guideline and the AHA/ACC/HRS ...

Sep 1, 2017 - The AAFP updated its guideline on pharmacologic management of newly detected atrial fibrillation, which differs in part from the AHA/ACC/HRS guideline. It specifically highlights two questions commonly faced by family physicians, and is based on updated data from the Agency for ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0901/p284.html

AAFP News - Sep 1, 2017 - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2017 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0901/p282.html

Congress Faces Tight Deadlines on Critical Issues

A handful of critical health care programs will run out of funding if Congress fails to act by the end of September.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20170829itt-deadlines.html

AAFP Leader Voices

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of the AAFP's elected leaders

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-40.html

Protecting Yourself From Threat of Malpractice Suits

Now that the Senate appears unlikely to take up a tort reform bill passed by the House, Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H., highlights information physicians should know to reduce their risks.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170818lv-liability.html

Top POEMs of 2016 Consistent with the Principles of the Choosing Wisely Campaign - ...

Aug 15, 2017 - A challenge in the Choosing Wisely campaign is to identify low-value clinical actions supported by high-quality evidence. We applied a method based on crowdsourcing the Daily POEM (patient-oriented evidence that matters) to identify low-value clinical actions from research studies ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0815/p234.html

Preventing Falls in Older Persons - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2017 - The American Geriatrics Society and British Geriatrics Society recommend that all adults older than 65 years be screened annually for a history of falls or balance impairment. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and American Academy of Family Physicians recommend exercise or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0815/p240.html

The CDC’s STEADI Initiative: Promoting Older Adult Health and Independence Through Fall...

Aug 15, 2017 - ...influenza season, there were an estimated 8.3 million cases of influenza among persons 65 years and older,2 which is about one-fourth of the number of falls that occurred in the older population in 2014. When not fatal, falls often result in brain injury, hip fracture, and loss of...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0815/p220.html

The ACA Survived. Now What?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act recently survived four Senate votes regarding repeal and replacement of the health care law. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin reflects on how we ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20170815itt-aca.html

Drop in Number of FPs Who Deliver Babies May Create Rural Crisis

A projected shortage of obstetricians and a declining percentage of family physicians who provide maternity care could create a crisis for women in underserved areas.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170815lv-ruralob.html

Dexamethasone May Reduce Sore Throat Symptoms in Adults at 48 Hours - POEMs - American ...

Aug 15, 2017 - A single dose of oral dexamethasone is no more effective than placebo in resolving acute sore throat symptoms at 24 hours in adults who do not receive immediate antibiotic therapy. However, among a multitude of exploratory secondary outcomes, the authors found that, compared with ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0815/p260a.html

Health Care Is a Right That Must Extend to Everyone

Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes that health care must be seen as a basic human right that is necessary for the preservation of dignity, social worth, health and even life.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170808lv-healthcareright.html

Antipsychotics for Fibromyalgia in Adults - Medicine by the Numbers - American Family ...

Aug 1, 2017 - Quetiapine may be considered for a limited period (less than 12 weeks) to improve pain, sleep, and depression in fibromyalgia, while considering the potential for weight gain.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/od1.html

Probiotics for Gastrointestinal Conditions: A Summary of the Evidence - American Family...

Aug 1, 2017 - Probiotics contain microorganisms, most of which are bacteria similar to the beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in the human gut. Probiotics have been widely studied in a variety of gastrointestinal diseases. The most-studied species include Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p170.html

Pelvic Organ Prolapse - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2017 - Pelvic organ prolapse is the descent of one or more of the anterior vaginal wall, posterior vaginal wall, the uterus (cervix), or the apex of the vagina (vaginal vault or cuff scar after hysterectomy). Prevalence increases with age. The cause of prolapse is multifactorial but is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p179.html

Which Quality Measures Should You Report? -- FPM

Aug 1, 2017 - Here’s how to select the measures that will maximize your success under Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0700/p5.html

Which Probiotics Should I Take? A Practical Guide for Family Physicians - Editorials - ...

Aug 1, 2017 - Find out what requirements should be met to know that you are offering your patients the highest quality probiotics to help prevent and treat disease.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p156.html

Building Capacity to Care for Refugees -- FPM

Aug 1, 2017 - So you want to incorporate refugee health into your practice. Now what?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0700/p21.html

AAFP Member Survey Provides Valuable Perspective

The AAFP's annual Practice Profile Survey provides tremendous insight that drives improvements in the Academy's advocacy, education and member services.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20170801ITT_Survey.html

AAFP News - Aug 1, 2017 - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2017 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p154.html

What are Probiotics? - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2017 - ...in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract eat too. Sometimes, the numbers of good organisms can get low (for example, if you have diarrhea or if you take antibiotics). When this happens, taking probiotics may help increase the number of good organisms in your GI tract. Which GI conditions...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p170-s1.html

Bipartisan Teaching Health Center Bill Is Vital to Workforce

Without congressional action, the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program will expire Sept. 30. A newly introduced bill to extend funding has support from both sides of the aisle.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170725thcgmebill.html

I Bounced Back From Burnout by Setting Boundaries, Priorities

Late last year, Kimberly Becher, M.D., reached a point where she thought the only thing in life she was doing well was patient care. She had to make changes at work and home to fight off burnout.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170724fpbounceback.html

Getting Paid

Getting Paid, a blog from FPM journal

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-180.html

Primary Care for Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2017 - Since 1975, more than 3 million refugees have settled in the United States, fleeing unrest, conflict, and persecution. Refugees represent diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. Despite this heterogeneity, there are commonalities in the refugee ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p112.html

Epilepsy: Treatment Options - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2017 - The occurrence of a single seizure does not always require initiation of antiepileptic drugs. Risk of recurrent seizures should guide their use. In adults, key risk factors for recurrence are two unprovoked seizures occurring more than 24 hours apart, epileptiform abnormalities on ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p87.html

Refugee Mental Health: A Primary Care Approach - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2017 - A review of the refugee resettlement process and the clinical aspects of caring for patients who have experienced war, conflict, violence, and threats.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p81.html

Niacin Does Not Decrease Mortality in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease or Low HDL ...

Jul 15, 2017 - We are now flush with data about the effects of niacin in patients with elevated cholesterol levels. Despite its ability to raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) serum cholesterol levels, it does not add additional mortality or morbidity benefit to statin treatment. Patients with ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p129.html

Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults - Putting Prevention into Practice - ...

Jul 15, 2017 - R.K. is a 52-year-old white man who presents to your office for a preventive health visit. He is overweight and has a history of hypertension and hyperlipidemia, which are stable and well controlled with medication. One of his coworkers was recently diagnosed with obstructive sleep ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p123.html

AAFP News - Jul 15, 2017 - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2017 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p80.html

Patients Trust Social Media, so Be Their Trusted Source

With more than 3 million followers and counting, Mikhail Varshavski, D.O., makes the case for using social media to reach patients with health messages.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/patients_trust_social_media_so.html

What You Need to Know About the 2018 QPP Proposed Rule

CMS has released the 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule, which recommends several changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Model. You could read that 1,058-page document, or you could check out 10 bullet points in this ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/what_you_need_to_know.html

Tenofovir for Prevention of HIV Infection - Medicine by the Numbers - American Family ...

Jul 1, 2017 - The benefits are greater than the harm in using tenofovir for HIV prevention, but cost-effectiveness and personal preferences are critical.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0701/od1.html

Insomnia: Pharmacologic Therapy - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2017 - Insomnia accounts for more than 5.5 million visits to family physicians each year. Although behavioral interventions are the mainstay of treatment, pharmacologic therapy may be necessary for some patients. Understanding the risks and benefits of insomnia medications is critical. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0701/p29.html

Developmental Delay: When and How to Screen - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2017 - An estimated 15% of children in the United States have at least one developmental delay, yet less than one-fifth of those children receive early intervention services before three years of age. Many barriers exist to implementing initial screening and referral, but screening tools can ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0701/p36.html

Acupuncture for Migraine Prevention - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2017 - There is moderate-quality evidence that whole-body acupuncture is effective for migraine prevention. Compared with usual care, acupuncture is more effective at reducing headache frequency by at least 50% (number needed to treat [NNT] = 4).

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0701/p23.html

AAFP News - Jul 1, 2017 - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2017 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0701/p14.html

Primary Care Needs -- and Deserves -- More Research Dollars

More research is needed in primary care, but proposed federal budget cuts threaten to make evidence-based resources and guidelines even harder to come by.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/primary_care_needs_and_deserves.html

Vaccine Adverse Events: Separating Myth from Reality - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2017 - Vaccines are one of the most successful medical advances in modern times. Most vaccine-preventable illnesses are unfamiliar to modern parents. Because of this, parents are increasingly questioning the necessity of immunizing their children, especially because no vaccine is completely ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0615/p786.html

Corrections - Jun 15, 2017 - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2017 - ...Incorrect Number. The Medicine by the Numbers, Valproate for Adult Migraine Prophylaxis (November 1, 2016, online only) incorrectly defined the Study Population inclusion criteria as Patients 16 years or older with episodes of migraine headache on at least 15 days of every month...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0615/p758b.html

AAFP News - Jun 15, 2017 - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2017 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0615/p760.html

Sorry, You're Not Sick Enough: Approach to Hep C Defies Logic

Adequate screening and earlier treatment of hepatitis C infection would curb the spread of disease, ease suffering and reduce long-term health care costs.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/sorry_you_re_not_sick.html

Crackdown on Undocumented Immigrants Poses Broad Health Risks

Increased enforcement of immigration laws is affecting the health of undocumented immigrants and may have unintended consequences for others, too.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/crackdown_on_undocumented_immigrants_poses.html

Things Are Heating Up Outside and On Capitol Hill

As the weather warms up, so could debate about health policy. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers updates on three important issues the Academy will be working on this summer.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/things_are_heating_up_outside.html

Acute and Chronic Urticaria: Evaluation and Treatment - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2017 - Urticaria commonly presents with intensely pruritic wheals, sometimes with edema of the subcutaneous or interstitial tissue. It has a lifetime prevalence of about 20%. Although often self-limited and benign, it can cause significant discomfort, continue for months to years, and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0601/p717.html

Expanded Newborn Screening: Information and Resources for the Family Physician - ...

Jun 1, 2017 - Each year, 4 to 5 million newborns receive state-mandated screening. Although the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children has identified 34 core conditions that should be incorporated into screening programs, each state manages, funds, and maintains its own ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0601/p703.html

Efficacy of Direct-Acting Antivirals Compared with Older Agents for Hepatitis C - ...

Jun 1, 2017 - Although they help patients achieve sustained viralogic response, expensive direct-acting antivirals have yet to show that they can succeed in meeting top-priority treatment goals.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0601/od1.html

Lessons From the Road to EHR Usability -- FPM

Jun 1, 2017 - You may be able to get more out of your electronic health record by discovering the system's hidden tools.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0500/p21.html

Self-Monitoring and Self-Management of Oral Anticoagulation - Cochrane for Clinicians -...

Jun 1, 2017 - In patients taking warfarin (Coumadin) for anticoagulation, there is moderate-quality evidence that both self-monitoring (number needed to treat [NNT] = 100) and self-management (NNT = 53) reduce thromboembolic events, and that self-management reduces all-cause mortality (NNT = 67).

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0601/p700.html

Using Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention to Address Patients' Risky Drinking -- FPM

Jun 1, 2017 - Asking patients about their drinking habits is a straightforward way to boost health and revenue.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0500/p12.html

Preparing for Value-Based Payment: Five Essential Skills for Success -- FPM

Jun 1, 2017 - As physician payment increasingly becomes tied to value, these five habits can help you succeed.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0500/p25.html

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