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FP Delivers Best of Family Medicine Throughout Long Career

During his 65-year career as a family physician, Alexander D. "A.D." Brickler II, M.D., has cared for a remarkable number of Tallahassee families and delivered more than 30,000 babies. The recently retired 90-year-old also helped deliver racially integrated health care to his Florida city.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190520fdf-brickler.html

Malaria Prevention in Travelers - American Family Physician

May 1, 1999 - The prevention of malaria in travelers is becoming a more challenging clinical and public health problem because of the global development of drug-resistant Plasmodium strains of malaria and the increasing popularity of travel to exotic locales. Travelers can reduce their risk of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0501/p2523.html

Esophageal Cancer: A Review and Update - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2006 - Although significant advancements have been made in the treatment of esophageal cancer, this aggressive malignancy commonly presents as locally advanced disease with a poor prognosis. Despite improvements in the detection of premalignant pathology, newer preventative strategies, and the...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0615/p2187.html

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea Improves Essential Hypertension and Quality of Life - ...

Jan 15, 2002 - About one half of patients who have essential hypertension have obstructive sleep apnea, and about one half of patients who have obstructive sleep apnea have essential hypertension. A growing body of evidence suggests that obstructive sleep apnea is a major contributing factor in the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0115/p229.html

Evaluation of Palpable Breast Masses - American Family Physician

May 1, 2005 - Palpable breast masses are common and usually benign, but efficient evaluation and prompt diagnosis are necessary to rule out malignancy. A thorough clinical breast examination, imaging, and tissue sampling are needed for a definitive diagnosis. Fine-needle aspiration is fast, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0501/p1731.html

Five Ways to Communicate Risks So That Patients Understand -- FPM

Dec 1, 2018 - When discussing a patient’s risk of developing a disease or the risks associated with a screening test, these simple techniques can ensure clarity.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/1100/p28.html

Childhood and Adolescent Sports-Related Overuse Injuries - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2006 - Youth sports participation carries an inherent risk of injury, including overuse injuries. Little leaguer's shoulder, a stress fracture of the proximal humerus that presents as lateral shoulder pain, usually is self-limited. Little leaguer's elbow is a medial stress injury; treatment ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0315/p1014.html

Diagnosis of Lyme Disease - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2005 - The use of serologic testing and its value in the diagnosis of Lyme disease remain confusing and controversial for physicians, especially concerning persons who are at low risk for the disease. The approach to diagnosing Lyme disease varies depending on the probability of disease (based...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0715/p297.html

Geriatric Screening and Preventive Care - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2008 - Preventive health care decisions and recommendations become more complex as the population ages. The leading causes of death (i.e., heart disease, malignant neoplasms, cerebrovascular disease, and chronic lower respiratory disease) among older adults mirror the actual causes of death ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0715/p206.html

Medical Management of Common Urinary Calculi - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2006 - Nephrolithiasis is a common condition affecting nearly 5 percent of U.S. men and women during their lifetimes. Recurrent calculi can be prevented in most patients by the use of a simplified evaluation, reasonable dietary and fluid recommendations, and directed pharmacologic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0701/p86.html

Soy: A Complete Source of Protein - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2009 - Soybeans contain all of the essential amino acids necessary for human nutrition and have been grown and harvested for thousands of years. Populations with diets high in soy protein and low in animal protein have lower risks of prostate and breast cancers than other populations. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0101/p43.html

The Case Against Routine Aspirin Use for Primary Prevention in Low-Risk Adults - ...

Jun 15, 2011 - A policy of generalized aspirin use in adults for the primary prevention of CVD is probably not warranted. Instead, the benefits and risks of aspirin therapy for primary prevention need to be considered on an individual basis, and should be reserved for persons at highest long-term risk...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0615/p1387.html

Antidepressants Plus Benzodiazepines for Adults with Major Depression - Cochrane for ...

May 1, 2020 - A combination of tricyclic antidepressants and benzodiazepines is more effective for major depression in adults than tricyclic antidepressants alone in the first four weeks of treatment.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0501/p527.html

Family Medicine Laid Foundation for Public Health Career

Education and training in family medicine and public health led Tony Kuo, M.D., M.S.H.S., to a key role in the nation’s largest county.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210614fdf-kuo.html

Managing the Patient with Hard-to-Control Hypertension - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 1998 - Less than 25 percent of patients with hypertension in the United States have their blood pressure under control, mainly because of inadequate or inappropriate therapy and noncompliance. Approximately one half of these treatment failures are related to factors such as cost and adverse ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0301/p1007.html

The Immeasurable, Cascading Effects of Primary Care

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that family physicians in outpatient settings are playing a vital role during the pandemic by keeping patients out of hospitals.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200422fp-covidprimarycare.html

External Cephalic Version - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 1998 - External cephalic version is a procedure that externally rotates the fetus from a breech presentation to a vertex presentation. External version has made a resurgence in the past 15 years because of a strong safety record and a success rate of about 65 percent. Before the resurgence of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0901/p731.html

Sleep Problems in the Elderly - American Family Physician

May 1, 1999 - Refreshing sleep requires both sufficient total sleep time as well as sleep that is in synchrony with the individual's circadian rhythm. Problems with sleep organization in elderly patients typically include difficulty falling asleep, less time spent in the deeper stages of sleep, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0501/p2551.html

Improving Quality by Doing Less: Overtreatment - Editorials - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2015 - The third in a series of AFP editorials that addresses the related issues of over-screening, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment. Overtreatment is an important harm that commonly follows overscreening and overdiagnosis.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0301/p289.html

Drug-Eluting Coronary Artery Stents - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2009 - Many advances have been made in the percutaneous treatment of coronary artery disease during the past 30 years. Although balloon angioplasty alone is still performed, the use of coronary artery stents is much more common. Approximately 40 percent of patients treated with balloon ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1201/p1245.html

When to Operate in Carotid Artery Disease - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2000 - Carotid endarterectomy has proved to be beneficial in the prevention of stroke in selected patients. The procedure is indicated in symptomatic patients with carotid-territory transient ischemic attacks or minor strokes who have carotid artery stenosis of 70 to 99 percent. With a low ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0115/p400.html

Stuttering: An Overview - American Family Physician

May 1, 2008 - Speech dysfluency (stuttering) is common in children. Although stuttering often resolves before adulthood, it can cause significant anxiety for children and their families. Stuttering speech patterns are often easily identifiable; when a child is learning to talk, repetition of sounds ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0501/p1271.html

Thessaly vs. McMurray Test for Diagnosis of Meniscal Injuries - Letters to the Editor -...

Aug 15, 2019 - ...Abell BE, Gibson TW. The Thessaly test for detection of meniscal tears: validation of a new physical examination technique for primary care medicine. Clin J Sport Med. 2009;19(1):9–12. Read the full article. Get immediate access, anytime, anywhere. Choose a single article, issue,...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p200.html

Oral vs. Intravaginal Antifungal Treatments for Uncomplicated Vulvovaginal Candidiasis ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2022 - Clinical resolution of symptoms is similar for oral and intravaginal antifungal medications at both short-term (five to 15 days) and long-term (two to 12 weeks) follow-up. However, mycological cure rates (fungal spores cleared from vaginal secretions) are higher in patients treated with...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2022/0400/p367.html

For Hyperlipidemia, Go Where the Evidence Takes You: Give a Statin and Nothing Else - ...

Nov 1, 2010 - Only statins have patient-oriented evidence supporting their role in reducing all-cause mortality. The NCEP–ATP III guidelines offer a nine-step approach for reaching target lipid levels, but the application to everyday practice is far simpler: If a patient with hyperlipidemia has ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1101/p1063.html

Poliovirus Vaccine Options - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 1999 - As a result of the success of immunization, indigenous wild poliomyelitis has disappeared from the United States. Of 142 confirmed cases of paralytic poliomyelitis reported in the United States from 1980 to 1996, 134 were classified as vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis (VAPP). ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0101/p113.html

Therapeutic Home Adaptations for Older Adults with Disabilities - American Family ...

Nov 1, 2009 - Family physicians commonly care for older patients with disabilities. Many of these patients need help maintaining a therapeutic home environment to preserve their comfort and independence. Patients often have little time to decide how to address the limitations of newly-acquired ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1101/p963.html

Diagnosis and Treatment of Female Sexual Dysfunction - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2008 - Female sexual complaints are common, occurring in approximately 40 percent of women. Decreased desire is the most common complaint. Normal versus abnormal sexual functioning in women is poorly understood, although the concept of normal female sexual function continues to develop. A ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0301/p635.html

Naltrexone/Bupropion (Contrave) for Weight Loss - STEPS - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2015 - Naltrexone/bupropion produces clinically significant weight loss when combined with a diet and exercise program. It decreases body weight in patients with diabetes, but its effect on diabetic outcomes is not known. A significant proportion of patients will experience adverse effects.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0415/p554.html

A Physician's Guide to Navigating a Bureaucracy -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - To get what you need to create a more ideal practice, you must learn to navigate the bureaucracy of your organization. Here’s how.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p26.html

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss - American Family Physician

May 1, 2000 - Hearing loss caused by exposure to recreational and occupational noise results in devastating disability that is virtually 100 percent preventable. Noise-induced hearing loss is the second most common form of sensorineural hearing deficit, after presbycusis (age-related hearing loss). ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0501/p2749.html

What to do When SSRIs Fail: Eight Strategies for Optimizing Treatment of Panic Disorder...

Oct 15, 2002 - Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the drug of choice for treatment of patients with panic disorder. Most patients have a favorable response to SSRI therapy; however, 30 percent will not be able to tolerate these drugs or will have an unfavorable or incomplete response....

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1015/p1477.html

No Reduction in Delirium with the Use of Haloperidol or Ziprasidone in Critically Ill ...

Apr 1, 2019 - For patients with acute respiratory failure or shock who develop delirium in the intensive care unit (ICU), the use of haloperidol or ziprasidone (Geodon) does not reduce the duration of delirium. This trial was powered to detect at least a two-day difference in the duration of ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p460.html

Study Shows Antibiotic Prescribing Lowest in Medical Offices

Research recently published online in JAMA Internal Medicine found that clinicians in medical offices wrote the fewest antibiotic prescriptions per total number of visits compared with those in other clinical settings.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180802antibxprescribe.html

Predicting True Penicillin Allergy in Adults - Point-of-Care Guides - American Family ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 15, 2021 - In patients reporting a penicillin allergy, is it possible to determine the likelihood of true allergy without formal testing?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p760.html

Medicine by the Numbers

...November 1, 2015 ◆ Volume 92, Number 9 www.aafp.org/afp American Family Physician 772A ➤ Effectiveness of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors for Irritable Bowel Syndrome THAD WILKINS, MD; EDWARD AGABIN, MD; and LINDSAY BLAKE, MLIS Details for This Review Study Population:...

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1101/afp20151101od1.pdf

21st Century Medicine, 20th Century People -- FPM

Apr 1, 2015 - Sometimes technology isn't the problem.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0300/p40.html

Nutritional Assessment and Counseling for Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular ...

Jan 15, 2006 - Physicians face several barriers to counseling their patients about nutrition, including conflicting evidence of the benefit of counseling, limited training and understanding of the topic, and imperfect and varied guidelines to follow. Because cardiovascular disease remains the leading ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0115/p257.html

Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndrome - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2005 - The term 'acute coronary syndrome' encompasses a range of thrombotic coronary artery diseases, including unstable angina and both ST-segment elevation and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. Diagnosis requires an electrocardiogram and a careful review for signs and symptoms ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0701/p119.html

Radiologic Evaluation of Acute Chest Pain—Suspected Myocardial Ischemia - American ...

Aug 15, 2007 - The American College of Radiology has developed appropriateness criteria for a number of clinical conditions and procedures. Criteria are available on imaging tests used in the evaluation of acute chest pain--suspected myocardial ischemia. Imaging tests for a suspected cardiac etiology ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0815/p533.html

Research, Family Medicine Journals

Read AAFP's position on the availability of publications for original family medicine research.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/research-journals.html

Screening for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 1999 - Screening programs relying primarily on physical examination techniques for the early detection and treatment of congenital hip abnormalities have not been as consistently successful as expected. Since the 1980s, increased attention has been given to ultrasound imaging of the hip in ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0701/p177.html

Appropriate Use of Antibiotics for URIs in Children: Part I. Otitis Media and Acute ...

Oct 1, 1998 - Five conditions--otitis media, acute sinusitis, cough, pharyngitis and the common cold--account for most of the outpatient use of antibiotics in the United States. The first part of this two-part article presents guidelines that encourage physicians to make an appropriate distinction ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/1001/p1113.html

Management of Acute Gastroenteritis in Children - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 1999 - Acute gastroenteritis is a common and costly clinical problem in children. It is a largely self-limited disease with many etiologies. The evaluation of the child with acute gastroenteritis requires a careful history and a complete physical examination to uncover other illnesses with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/1201/p2555.html

Addiction: Part II. Identification and Management of the Drug-Seeking Patient - ...

Apr 15, 2000 - The medications most often implicated in prescription drug abuse are opioid analgesics, sedative-hypnotics and stimulants. Patients with acute or chronic pain, anxiety disorders and attention-deficit disorder are at increased risk of addiction comorbidity. It is important to ask ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0415/p2401.html

Open-Angle Glaucoma - American Family Physician

May 1, 2003 - Glaucoma is the second most common cause of legal blindness in the United States. Open-angle glaucoma is an asymptomatic, progressive optic neuropathy characterized by enlarging optic disc cupping and visual field loss. Patients at increased risk for open-angle glaucoma include blacks ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0501/p1937.html

Veteran FP Expanding His State's Physician Pipeline

Under the direction of John Mitchell, M.D., the number of family medicine residency positions in Mississippi has more than doubled in eight years, and more new programs are in development.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200608fdf-mitchell.html

Interventions to Facilitate Shared Decision Making to Address Antibiotic Use for Acute ...

Jan 1, 2017 - Interventions to facilitate shared decision making reduce the prescribing of antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections in the short term (within six weeks of the consultation) without increasing return visits or decreasing patient satisfaction (number needed to treat [NNT] = 6).

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0101/p11.html

Management of Acute Pain from Musculoskeletal Injuries: Guidance for Family Physicians ...

Dec 1, 2020 - Primary care plays a large role in the management of acute pain; therefore, the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians developed a clinical practice guideline for the nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic management of acute pain from non–low back, ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p649.html

Extended-Release Bupropion for Preventing Seasonal Affective Disorder in Adults - ...

Jan 1, 2017 - When started in the fall, extended-release bupropion, 300 mg once daily, is effective in preventing recurrent symptoms in high-risk adults with a history of SAD (number needed to treat [NNT] = 5), as well as those at lower risk (NNT = 8). Headaches, nausea, and insomnia may limit ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0101/p10.html

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