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Share Your Burden of Grief and Find Joy on the Other Side

Like so many physicians, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., has experienced grief on an unprecedented scale this past year. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, she shares how she has come to acknowledge her grief and use it to begin healing.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210504fp-grieffollowup.html

The Preparticipation Physical Evaluation - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

May 1, 2021 - The preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) is a common reason for young athletes to see a primary care physician. An annual PPE is required by most state high school athletic associations for participation in school-based sports, although there is limited evidence to support its ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0501/p539.html

Ibuprofen vs. Acetaminophen for Fever or Pain in Children Younger Than Two Years - ... Restricted content. Login required.

May 1, 2021 - A meta-analysis found that ibuprofen is more effective than acetaminophen in reducing fever and pain in children younger than two years, although further study is needed to evaluate combination therapy, dosing, and use in children younger than six months.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0501/od1.html

Urethritis: Rapid Evidence Review - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

May 1, 2021 - Urethritis refers to inflammation of the urethra and is classified as gonococcal (caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae) or nongonococcal in origin (most commonly caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, Mycoplasma genitalium, or Trichomonas vaginalis). The most common signs and symptoms include ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0501/p553.html

Seizure Disorders - American Family Physician

May 1, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on seizure disorders, including antiepileptic medications, epilepsy, febrile seizures, nonepileptic seizures, seizures in the elderly, and status epilepticus. This collection features AFP content on seizure disorders, including antiepileptic ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=80

Positional Therapies for Obstructive Sleep Apnea - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American... Restricted content. Login required.

May 1, 2021 - Positional therapies for obstructive sleep apnea produce moderate improvements (16% to 40%) in clinical apnea measures compared with no treatment.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0501/p568.html

Urethritis - American Family Physician

May 1, 2021 - ...Tell your doctor or pharmacist about other medicines or vitamins you take. You may need to stop taking these until you finish your antibiotics. Drink plenty of water. Tell your doctor if you don't feel better within a week after finishing your antibiotics. If you do not have an...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0501/p553-s1.html

Report Links Vaccine Hesitancy to More Deaths, Restrictions

A new report examined the potential impact of vaccine hesitancy on the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued use of nonpharmaceutical interventions.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210429vacchesitancy.html

Family Physicians Commend Long Overdue Ban on Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

Family Physicians Commend Long Overdue Ban on Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/family-physicians-commend-long-overdue-ban-on-menthol-cigarettes-and-flavored-cigars.html

Log In, Fight for Family Medicine, Log Off

This is the last week to register for the AAFP’s all-virtual 2021 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit, which will be held May 18-19.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210427itt-fmas.html

Report Addresses Causes of Disparities, Offers Solutions

A recent brief from HHS examines health disparities occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspectives of race and ethnicity.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210422hhsdisparities.html

Evidence Lacking on Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on its website on screening for vitamin D deficiency in adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210422uspstfvitamind.html

Student Leader Hopes to Assist Others With Specialty Choice

AuBree LaForce, the student chair of the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, said lessons she learned as a college athlete will serve her well as a family physician.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210419fdf-laforce.html

Reduced Student Exposure to FM Poses Threat to Workforce

Despite the barriers of a virtual match, family medicine netted a record number of residents. However, educators are sounding the alarm that the pandemic could hinder future recruiting efforts.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20210416guested-match.html

Nerve Blocks for Pancreatic Cancer Pain - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 15, 2021 - Celiac plexus blocks can be used for pain associated with pancreatic cancer. They slightly reduce pain while decreasing opioid consumption, with fewer adverse effects compared with standard analgesic therapy.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0415/p502.html

Pause Recommended on Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC and FDA have recommended a pause to use of the Janssen/Johnson and Johnson vaccine for COVID-19 based on reports of a rare type of blood clot occurring in some patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210415jjvaccpause.html

Discrepancies in Vaccine Uptake: What’s Really at Work?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, AAFP Health Equity Fellow Brittney Anderson, M.D., explores why there are disparities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the Black community.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210415fp-vacchesitancy.html

Discrepancies in Vaccine Uptake: What’s Really at Work?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, AAFP Health Equity Fellow Brittney Anderson, M.D., explores why there are disparities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the Black community.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210415fp-vacchesitancy.html

Historic Level of Loan Repayment Funds Available

The National Health Service Corps is expected to make an unprecedented number of awards to health professionals through its loan repayment programs. The deadline to apply is May 6.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210413nhsc.html

Research Examines Inclusion of Minorities in Vaccine Trials

A review of demographic data from more than 200 clinical vaccine trials indicates that racial and ethnic minority groups and older adults are often underrepresented compared to the general population.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210413minoritiesvacc.html

A Maternal Health Breakthrough and a PCF Model Update

CMS has given Illinois the go-ahead for 12 months’ postpartum Medicaid coverage, reflecting an AAFP advocacy goal.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210413itt-maternalhealth.html

PAIR Team

PAIR Team

Family Physician : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/fpm/pair-team.html

Academy Selects Appointees for Latest WEL Cohort

The Academy has selected five members to participate in the next Women’s Wellness Through Equity and Leadership Alliance cohort.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210407welalliance.html

AAFP Updates Recommendation on Lung Cancer Screening

The Academy has published an updated recommendation that supports the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s final recommendation on screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210406lungcancer.html

Insufficient Evidence to Screen for Hearing Loss

The U.S. Preventive Services Task force recently posted a final recommendation statement concluding that evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for hearing loss in older adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210402uspstfhearingloss.html

Treatment of Distal DVT - Medicine by the Numbers - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - A Cochrane review demonstrated that anticoagulation was effective and superior to observation for deep venous thrombosis; however, given the quality of the evidence, the benefits are unclear.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0401/p432.html

The Suicidal Patient: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Suicide rates in the United States increased from 20% to 30% between 2005 and 2015, and family physicians need evidence-based resources to address this growing clinical concern. Asking high-risk patients (e.g., patients with previous suicide attempts, substance misuse, low social ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0401/p417.html

Cerebrospinal Fluid Analysis - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis is a diagnostic tool for many conditions affecting the central nervous system. Urgent indications for lumbar puncture include suspected central nervous system infection or subarachnoid hemorrhage. CSF analysis is not necessarily diagnostic but can be ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0401/p422.html

The Role of Family Medicine in Reducing the Risk of Myopia - Letters to the Editor - ...

Apr 1, 2021 - The Role of Family Medicine in Reducing the Risk of Myopia

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0401/p394.html

Back Pain - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2021 - This collection features content from AFP on back pain and related issues, including chronic and acute low back pain, lumbar spinal stenosis, sciatica, and vertebral compression fractures. This collection features content from AFP on back pain and related issues, including chronic and ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=109

Prolotherapy: An Evidence-Based Adjunctive Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis - Letters to...

Apr 1, 2021 - Prolotherapy: An Evidence-Based Adjunctive Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0401/p395.html

Case Report: Chest-Wall Lump Yields a Surprising Diagnosis - Letters to the Editor - ...

Apr 1, 2021 - ...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/2021/0401/p393.html

Durable Medical Equipment: A Streamlined Approach -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Durable medical equipment helps patients live healthier, more independent lives. Here’s how to minimize the hassles of getting it to them.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p15.html

iCanQuit Smartphone App Is Effective in Helping with Smoking Cessation - POEMs - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Use of the iCanQuit smartphone app by smokers, who were recruited through Facebook and other Internet tools, produced higher cessation rates at 12 months (28.2%) than the QuitGuide app (21.1%).

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0401/p441.html

Implementing Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Clinical Practice -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Finger-stick blood glucose measurements provide a snapshot in time. Continuous glucose monitoring gives patients with diabetes a bigger picture.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0300/p7.html

In High-Risk Older Patients with Atrial Fibrillation, Rhythm Control Reduces ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - In high-risk older patients with recent-onset atrial fibrillation, a strategy of rhythm control results in fewer cardiovascular deaths and fewer strokes.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0401/p440.html

Addressing Health Equity, Social Determinants From Many Angles

The AAFP has made significant progress in addressing health equity and social determinants of health from a number of perspectives over the past decade.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210401nmhm.html

Task Force Lowers Age for Prediabetes, Diabetes Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft statement recommending screening for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in adults ages 35 to 70 who are overweight or obese.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210401uspstfprediabetes.html

AAFP Calls for Lasting Fix to Territorial Medicaid Funding

In a recent letter, the AAFP again urged Congress to adopt a long-term plan for funding Medicaid in the U.S. territories.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210401medicaidterritories.html

Strengthening the ACA Starts With Payment Parity

ACA, parity, Medicaid

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210331itt-kapca.html

USPSTF Recommends Lung Cancer Screening with Low-dose CT

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT in adults ages 50 to 80 who have a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210325uspstflungcancer.html

Family Medicine Welcomes New Residents and Celebrates Another Record Year of Growth in ...

Family Medicine Welcomes New Residents and Celebrates Another Record Year of Growth in the Match

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/releases/match-2021.html

Match Day 2021: Another Record Year of Family Medicine Growth in the Match

Match Day 2021: Despite Canceled Celebrations, Another Record Year for Family Medicine in the 2021 Match.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/match-2021.html

Match Day Is a Record-breaker for Family Medicine

Match Day 2021 marked 12 years of growth for family medicine and the 10th consecutive year that an all-time record number of students had matched into the specialty.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210319matchday.html

Our Advocacy Is Building Momentum for Primary Care

From passage of the American Rescue Plan Act to a welcome increase in Medicare payment for the COVID-19 vaccines, the AAFP is charting big family medicine wins.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210318itt-arpa.html

American Rescue Plan Holds Big Wins for Primary Care

The $1.9 trillion stimulus package just signed into law provides substantial investments in many AAFP priorities, including public health, the medical workforce and health care coverage.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210316arpa.html

Task Force Recommends Screening for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea

A draft recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia in all sexually active women age 24 years and younger, and in women age 25 years and older who are at increased risk of infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210316uspstfgcct.html

Topical Corticosteroids: Choice and Application - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - Topical corticosteroids are an essential tool for treating inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Topical corticosteroids are classified by strength and the risk of adverse effects such as atrophy, striae, rosacea, telangiectasias, purpura, and other ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p337.html

Pain Management in Labor - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - A patient’s sense of empowerment and control is most predictive of maternal satisfaction with childbirth. Analgesia during labor greatly affects this experience. Individual patient priorities for labor pain management should be explored as part of routine prenatal care. Continuous labor...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p355.html

Evidence-Based Use of Opioids - Letters to the Editor - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2021 - ...medicine. A systematic review included 15 randomized controlled trials and 6,266 patients with osteoarthritis who were followed for 10 days to 24 weeks. Overall, 47% of patients taking opioids reported meaningful pain relief compared with 43% of patients taking placebo (number...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p326.html

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