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Health Maintenance in Postmenopausal Women - American Family Physician

May 1, 2017 - Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability in postmenopausal women older than 50 years. Clinicians should use the pooled cohort risk assessment equations or another risk calculator every three to five years to estimate a woman’s 10-year risk of atherosclerotic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0501/p561.html

Estimating Cardiovascular Risk - Point-of-Care Guides - American Family Physician

May 1, 2017 - The primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) depends on accurate estimation of cardiovascular risk. However, a recent systematic review identified 363 prediction models.

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0501/p580.html

Pharmacologic Treatment of Hypertension in Adults Aged 60 Years or Older: A Guideline ...

May 1, 2017 - A high standard must be met when guidelines recommend lifelong preventive medications, knowing that at best, a small minority of patients will benefit and that all are risking harm.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0501/p547.html

Management of Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse: A Position Paper from the AAFP - Practice...

Apr 1, 2017 - Overprescribing, misuse, diversion, and dependence on opioids have occurred as a result of external pressures, physician behavior, inadequate evidence, and pharmacologic development. Family physicians could play an important role in alleviating these problems; therefore, the American ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0401/p458.html

Preventive Health Care for Women Who Have Sex with Women - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2017 - Despite recent shifts in societal attitudes toward same-sex relationships, women who have sex with women face a variety of barriers to optimal health, including a history of negatively perceived interactions in clinical settings that lead them to delay or avoid health care. Women who ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0301/p314.html

Interventions for Preventing Falls Among Older Adults Living in the Community - ...

Feb 1, 2017 - Structured exercise programs and home safety interventions reduce both the rate and the risk of falling among community-dwelling adults 65 years and older, whereas multifactorial assessment and intervention programs reduce the rate of falls but not the risk of falling. Vitamin D ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0201/p152.html

Hyperlipidemia: Drugs for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Adults - American Family ...

Jan 15, 2017 - Guidelines from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) and the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) indicate that lipid-lowering drugs have benefit for primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0115/p78.html

Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: ...

Jan 15, 2017 - The USPSTF recommends that adults without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) (i.e., symptomatic coronary artery disease or ischemic stroke) use a low- to moderate-dose statin for the prevention of CVD events and mortality when all of the following criteria are met: (1) they are ...

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0115/od1.html

How to Counsel Men About PSA Screening - Editorials - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2016 - For family physicians to put PSA screening guidance into practice, they must elicit patients' preferences and provide accurate, understandable information about the benefits and harms.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1115/p782.html

The Pretravel Consultation - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2016 - Key components of the pretravel consultation include intake questions regarding the traveler’s anticipated itinerary and medical history; immunizations; malaria prophylaxis; and personal protection measures against arthropod bites, traveler’s diarrhea, and injury. Most vaccinations that...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1015/p620.html

ACE Inhibitors or ARBs to Prevent CKD in Patients with Microalbuminuria - FPIN's ...

Oct 15, 2016 - ACE inhibitors reduce the risk of progression to macroalbuminuria in normotensive patients with microalbuminuria and type 1 diabetes mellitus.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1015/p652.html

Third-Generation Oral Contraceptives Associated with Greater Risk of PE, Stroke, and MI...

Oct 15, 2016 - Although there is risk with any current oral contraceptive combination, those that contain lower doses of estrogen, and levonorgestrel instead of desogestrel or gestodene, are associated with the least risk of ischemic stroke, myocardial infarction (MI), or pulmonary embolism (PE). ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1015/p663.html

Increased Alignment in Preventive Services Recommendations for Children - Editorials - ...

Aug 15, 2016 - Increased alignment between preventive services recommendations from the two major physician specialty groups who care for children.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0815/p272.html

Liraglutide (Saxenda) for Weight Loss - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2016 - Liraglutide, combined with lifestyle counseling, produces a clinically significant and sustained weight loss that continues as long as it is used. Nausea and vomiting, however, are common adverse effects, and about one in 10 patients will discontinue treatment.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0715/p161.html

Caring for Patients with Job Insecurity Who Are Experiencing Chronic Work-Related Pain ...

Jul 15, 2016 - In addition to providing direct medical care, the physician can help this patient by obtaining an occupational history, formulating hypotheses about the cause of the pain and potential interventions, and establishing a therapeutic relationship.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0715/p145.html

Screening for Breast Cancer - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2016 - S.O. is a 47-year-old woman who presents to your office for a well-woman visit. She is healthy, takes no medications, and has no health concerns. She has never been diagnosed with breast cancer, nor have any of her first-degree relatives. Her digital mammography two years ago was ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0715/p143.html

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Improving Function and Reducing Risk - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2016 - Cardiac rehabilitation is a comprehensive multidisciplinary program individually tailored to the needs of patients with cardiovascular disease. The overall goals focus on improving daily function and reducing cardiovascular risk factors. Cardiac rehabilitation includes interventions ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0701/p37.html

Common Occupational Disorders: Asthma, COPD, Dermatitis, and Musculoskeletal Disorders ...

Jun 15, 2016 - An occupational illness is an event or exposure that occurs in the workplace that causes or contributes to a condition or worsens a preexisting condition. If an occupational disorder is suspected, a directed history should be taken with particular attention to establishing a temporal ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0615/p1000.html

Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2016 - Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. One-third of these deaths may be preventable through healthy lifestyle choices including diet and physical activity. The Mediterranean diet is associated with reduced cardiovascular mortality, whereas the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p919.html

Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Recommendation Statement - ...

May 1, 2016 - The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in young children for whom no concerns of ASD have been raised by their parents or a clinician.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p774.html

Fluoride Varnish for Preventing Dental Caries in Children and Adolescents - Cochrane ...

May 1, 2016 - Topically applied fluoride varnishes are safe and effective in preventing dental caries in children and adolescents. There is little information about adverse effects or treatment acceptability. Family physicians should consider incorporating fluoride varnish into childhood preventive ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p743.html

Cancer Screening in Older Patients - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2016 - Although cancer is the second leading cause of death among persons 65 years and older, there is a paucity of clinical trial data about the effectiveness and harms of cancer screening in this population. Given the heterogeneous nature of the older population, cancer screening in these ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0415/p659.html

Prevention and Treatment of Drowning - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2016 - Nearly 4,000 drowning deaths occur annually in the United States, with drowning representing the most common injury-related cause of death in children one to four years of age. Drowning is a process that runs the spectrum from brief entry of liquid into the airways with subsequent ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0401/p576.html

Screening for High Blood Pressure in Adults - Putting Prevention into Practice - ...

Mar 15, 2016 - A 55-year-old black man presents for a blood pressure evaluation. He is trying to be more physically active and health conscious but has not seen a physician for five years. He takes no medications, has no concerns, and his physical examination findings are unremarkable. According to ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0315/p511.html

Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American ...

Mar 15, 2016 - Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes may be more effective than placebo devices for smoking cessation. They may also aid in smoking reduction, but the quality of available evidence is low. Little is known about their safety.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0315/p492.html

Influenza Vaccination for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease - Cochrane for ...

Mar 1, 2016 - Influenza vaccination may reduce cardiovascular mortality in patients with established cardiovascular disease. The effect of vaccination is unclear among patients in the general population without known cardiovascular disease.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p357.html

Treating Low Vitamin D Levels Is Ineffective in Postmenopausal Women - POEMs - American...

Feb 15, 2016 - You do not have to treat a low vitamin D level if your patient is a typical community-dwelling postmenopausal woman younger than 75 years. The usual dosage of vitamin D, 800 IU (20 mcg) daily, will not increase levels even after a year of therapy and has little effect on calcium ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p315.html

Diabetes Mellitus: Screening and Diagnosis - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2016 - Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common diagnoses made by family physicians. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to blindness, limb amputation, kidney failure, and vascular and heart disease. Screening patients before signs and symptoms develop leads to earlier diagnosis and treatment, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0115/p103.html

Interventions Aimed at Increasing Childhood Vaccination Rates - Cochrane for Clinicians...

Nov 1, 2015 - Community discussions, community meetings, and information campaigns may increase immunization uptake in areas with only moderate vaccine use. There is no clear evidence to guide face-to-face educational interventions, and the impact of face-to-face interventions is uncertain in areas ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1101/p775.html

Prostate Cancer Screening - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2015 - Among American men, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Although prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing has been used to screen for prostate cancer for more than 25 years, the test has low sensitivity and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1015/p683.html

Probiotics for the Prevention of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections - Medicine by the ...

Oct 1, 2015 - Studies show that probiotics prevented 1 in 8 upper respiratory tract infections and caused no harms. Find out more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1001/od1.html

Update on Routine Childhood and Adolescent Immunizations - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2015 - Recommendations for routine vaccinations in children and adolescents have changed multiple times in recent years, based on findings in clinical trials, licensure of new vaccines, and evidence of waning immunity. Despite the overwhelming success of vaccinations, vaccine delay and refusal...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p460.html

The Preparticipation Sports Evaluation - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2015 - The preparticipation physical evaluation is a commonly requested medical visit for amateur and professional athletes of all ages. The overarching goal is to maximize the health of athletes and their safe participation in sports. Although studies have not found that the preparticipation ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p371.html

Should Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening of Athletes Include ECG? No: There Is ...

Sep 1, 2015 - Although there are many reasons to conduct preparticipation sports examinations, there is insufficient evidence to support cardiac screening with ECG.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p343.html

Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2015 - Osteoporosis-related fractures affect approximately one in two white women and one in five white men in their lifetime. The impact of fractures includes loss of function, significant costs, and increased mortality. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends using dual energy ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0815/p261.html

Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Cessation - Medicine by the Numbers - American...

Jul 1, 2015 - Studies show that 1 in 15 patients successfully quit smoking and 1 in 94 patients experienced chest pain or palpitations. Want to know more?

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0701/od1.html

Preventive Health Care for Men Who Have Sex with Men - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2015 - Men who have sex with men (MSM) comprise at least 4% of males in the United States. MSM may describe themselves as gay, bisexual, or heterosexual. Because current medical practice does not always facilitate discussion of sexual behaviors, this group of men may face barriers to receiving...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0615/p844.html

Nutrition Myths and Healthy Dietary Advice in Clinical Practice - American Family ...

May 1, 2015 - Healthy dietary intake is important for the maintenance of general health and wellness, the prevention of chronic illness, the optimization of life expectancy, and the clinical management of virtually all disease states. Dietary myths (i.e., concepts about nutrition that are poorly ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/p634.html

PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer - Medicine by the Numbers - American Family Physician

May 1, 2015 - Studies show no deaths were prevented and 1 in 5 underwent a prostate biopsy for a false-positive test. Read more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/od3.html

Lung Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment Principles, and Screening - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2015 - Lung cancer is classified histologically into small cell and non–small cell lung cancers. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are cough, dyspnea, hemoptysis, and systemic symptoms such as weight loss and anorexia. High-risk patients who present with symptoms should undergo chest ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p250.html

Should Family Physicians Screen for Testosterone Deficiency in Men? No: Screening May ...

Feb 15, 2015 - Testosterone testing leads to testosterone treatment, which is inappropriate for the vast majority of patients. Testosterone treatment should be reserved for patients who are truly hypogonadal.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p226.html

Should Family Physicians Screen for Testosterone Deficiency in Men? Yes: Screening for ...

Feb 15, 2015 - With the possible exception of patients with cardiovascular disease, testosterone replacement therapy remains a potentially beneficial option in improving health-related quality of life in men.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p220.html

ACIP Releases 2015 Childhood Immunization Schedules - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Feb 15, 2015 - The 2015 immunization schedule for children and the catch-up schedule from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a few changes that are pertinent for family physicians.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p265.html

Peripheral Artery Disease Screening and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment with the...

Dec 15, 2014 - J.P. is a 40-year-old man with a 15 pack-year smoking history. His father has type 2 diabetes mellitus. J.P.'s vital signs, weight, and lipid levels are within normal limits. At his office visit, he brings an advertisement for a health fair with information on screening for peripheral ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1215/p859.html

Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive...

Dec 1, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in asymptomatic pregnant women after 24 weeks of gestation.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1201/od1.html

High-Dose Vaccine Reduces Clinical Influenza in Older Adults Compared with Standard ...

Dec 1, 2014 - High-dose influenza vaccine provided a 25% relative reduction in the likelihood of developing laboratory-confirmed influenza compared with standard-dose vaccine in patients 65 years and older. This corresponds to a number needed to treat of approximately 220 to prevent a ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1201/p796.html

Screening for Cancer: Concepts and Controversies - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2014 - Early detection of cancer is a core task in family medicine, and patients have come to expect screening tests, sometimes out of proportion to what evidence can justify. To understand the controversies surrounding screening and to provide sound advice to patients, family physicians ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1101/p625.html

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Does Not Decrease CVD-Related Outcomes - POEMs - ...

Nov 1, 2014 - Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation does not decrease the risk of cardiovascular outcomes in this older population. Although the numbers are small, supplementation may prevent heart disease in patients already at low risk; that is, patients without a history of cardiovascular disease ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1101/p662.html

Phentermine/Topiramate (Qsymia) for Chronic Weight Management - STEPS - American Family...

Oct 15, 2014 - Phentermine/topiramate has been shown to be a good option for sustained weight loss in patients who are unable to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. It should not be given to patients with a history of significant heart disease, and women of childbearing age should use ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1015/p576.html

Screening for Glaucoma - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2014 - A 55-year-old black woman presents to your office for a routine well-woman examination. Her medical history is significant for hypertension, which is well controlled with medication. She mentions that her mother was diagnosed with glaucoma a few years ago and is currently undergoing ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1015/p569.html

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