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Management of Acute Musculoskeletal Pain - Clinical Practice Guideline

The guideline, Management of Acute Pain from Non-Low Back, Musculoskeletal Injuries in Adults, was developed by the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/musculoskeletal-pain.html

Depression Following Acute Coronary Syndrome - Clinical Practice Guideline

Access the AAFP's Guidelines for the Screening and Treatment of Depression Following Acute Coronary Syndrome.

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https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/depression-acs.html

High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents - Clinical Practice Guideline

Access the American Academy of Family Physician's endorsement of guidelines for high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

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https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/hbp-child.html

Hypertension - Clinical Practice Guideline

Access evidence-based guidelines for managing high blood pressure in adults, developed by the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC-8) and endorsed by the AAFP.

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https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/highbloodpressure.html

Paget Disease of Bone for Primary Care - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 15, 2020 - Paget disease of bone is a benign disorder characterized by focal areas of increased bone turnover in one or more skeletal sites. It usually affects older adults, and men are at a higher risk than women. Any bone may be affected, but the disease has a high preference for the pelvis, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0815/p224.html

CDC Updates Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases - ...

Jul 1, 2011 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidelines on the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The new guidelines focus on treatment, but also discuss prevention strategies and diagnostic recommendations.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0701/p123.html

ACIP Updates Guideline on Influenza Vaccination for 2011-2012 Season - Practice ...

Oct 1, 2011 - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its annual guideline on vaccination against influenza. It includes information on a newly licensed intradermal vaccine, a change in the number of vaccine doses required ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1001/p827.html

Updated Guidelines on Outpatient Anticoagulation - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2013 - The American College of Chest Physicians provides recommendations for the use of anticoagulant medications for several indications that are important in the primary care setting. Warfarin, a vitamin K antagonist, is recommended for the treatment of venous thromboembolism and for the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0415/p556.html

End-of-Life Care - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on end-of-life care and related issues, including advance directives, hospice care, legal and ethical issues, nursing home care, palliative care, and terminal illness. This collection features AFP content on end-of-life care and related issues, ...

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Seizure Disorders - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2020 - 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 ...

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

Clostridioides difficile Infection: Update on Management - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2020 - Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Clostridioides difficile infection have recently been updated. Risk factors include recent exposure to health care facilities or antibiotics, especially clindamycin. C. difficile infection is characterized by a wide range of symptoms, from ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p168.html

Diagnosis and Management of Cerumen Impaction - Practice Guidelines - American Family ...

Nov 1, 2009 - Cerumen, or earwax, is normally expelled from the ear canal by a self-cleaning mechanism assisted by jaw movement. Physicians should diagnose impaction only when an accumulation of cerumen is associated with symptoms (e.g., otalgia, tinnitus, vertigo) or prevents necessary assessment of...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1101/p1011.html

AAP Reports on Use of Probiotics and Prebiotics in Children - Practice Guidelines - ...

Apr 1, 2011 - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently reviewed the medical uses of probiotics and prebiotics to help guide physicians in counseling parents about the use of these products as dietary supplements added to foods for children, including infant formula.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0401/p849.html

Updated Dietary Guidelines from the USDA and HHS - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Aug 1, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly created the updated version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. The updated guidelines are based on two main concepts: focusing on balancing caloric intake over time ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0801/p332.html

Acute Otitis Externa: An Update - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2012 - Acute otitis externa is a common condition involving inflammation of the ear canal. The acute form is caused primarily by bacterial infection, with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus the most common pathogens. Acute otitis externa presents with the rapid onset of ear canal...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1201/p1055.html

AAP Reports on Diagnosis and Prevention of Iron Deficiency Anemia - Practice Guidelines...

Mar 1, 2011 - Iron is the most common single-nutrient deficiency among children in developing countries and is a common cause of anemia in industrialized nations. A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides information on the diagnosis and prevention of iron deficiency anemia.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0301/p624.html

ACCF/AHA Release Guideline for Early Cardiovascular Risk Assessment - Practice ...

Jul 15, 2011 - Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among adults in the United States. Because coronary heart disease (CHD) has a long asymptomatic latent period, there is an opportunity for early preventive measures. The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF)...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0715/p234.html

NIAID Releases Guidelines on Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy - Practice ...

Jun 15, 2011 - Food allergy can be difficult to diagnose. Because diagnosis and management options vary, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) helped develop guidelines to provide physicians with best practices for diagnosing and treating patients with food allergy.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0615/p1492.html

Thyroid Disease in Pregnancy - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2014 - Thyroid disease is the second most common endocrine disorder affecting women of reproductive age, and when untreated during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage, placental abruption, hypertensive disorders, and growth restriction. Current guidelines recommend ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0215/p273.html

AAP Revises Policy Statement on the Use of Postnatal Corticosteroids for ...

Jun 15, 2011 - Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is a major morbidity in very preterm infants that negatively affects neurodevelopmental outcomes and is resistant to therapeutic interventions. A 2002 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement determined that the routine use of dexamethasone ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0615/p1501.html

Travel Medicine - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on travel medicine and related issues, including malaria, traveler’s diarrhea, pretravel consultation, and travel immunizations. This collection features AFP content on travel medicine and related issues, including malaria, traveler’s diarrhea, ...

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IOM Releases Report on Dietary Refernce Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D - Practice ...

Jun 1, 2011 - The Institute of Medicine (IOM) assessed current information on potential health outcomes associated with calcium and vitamin D.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0601/p1352.html

Diabetic Kidney Disease: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2019 - Globally, approximately 20% of the 400 million individuals with diabetes mellitus have diabetic kidney disease (DKD). DKD is associated with higher cardiovascular and all-cause morbidity and mortality, so timely diagnosis and treatment are critical. Screening for early DKD is best done ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p751.html

ACOG Guidelines on Noncontraceptive Uses of Hormonal Contraceptives - Practice ...

Aug 1, 2010 - Many of women use hormonal contraception for its noncontraceptive benefits, such as making menstruation more predictable and correcting menstrual irregularities caused by oligo-ovulation or anovulation. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) provides guidelines ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0801/p288.html

ICSI Releases Guideline on Diagnosis and Management of ADHD in Children - Practice ...

Mar 15, 2011 - Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common condition marked by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) has released guideline on diagnosis and management of ADHD in children.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0315/p762.html

Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux in Infants and Children - American ...

Oct 15, 2015 - Gastroesophageal reflux is defined as the passage of stomach contents into the esophagus with or without accompanied regurgitation (spitting up) and vomiting. It is a normal physiologic process that occurs throughout the day in infants and less often in children and adolescents. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1015/p705.html

Nutrition - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2020 - ...03/15/2016 DGAC Makes Food-Based Recommendations in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans [Practice Guidelines] 09/15/2015 Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults with Cardiovascular Risk...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=86

Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Uncomplicated Cystitis - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2011 - Urinary tract infections are the most common bacterial infections in women. Most urinary tract infections are acute uncomplicated cystitis. Identifiers of acute uncomplicated cystitis are frequency and dysuria in an immunocompetent woman of childbearing age who has no comorbidities or ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1001/p771.html

Influenza - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on influenza and related issues, including influenza vaccination and avian influenza. This collection features AFP content on influenza and related issues, including influenza vaccination and avian influenza.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=14

Hirsutism in Women - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2019 - Hirsutism is the excessive growth of terminal hair in a typical male pattern in a female. It is often a sign of excessive androgen levels. Although many conditions can lead to hirsutism, polycystic ovary syndrome and idiopathic hyperandrogenism account for more than 85% of cases. Less ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p168.html

Diagnosis and Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2016 - Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes patients to temporarily stop or decrease their breathing repeatedly during sleep. This results in fragmented, nonrestful sleep that can lead to symptoms such as morning headache and daytime sleepiness. Obstructive sleep apnea ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p355.html

Pharyngitis (Sore Throat) - American Family Physician

Jul 29, 2019 - ...Pharyngitis [Practice Guidelines] Screening and Diagnosis 06/15/2014 Diagnosis of Streptococcal Pharyngitis [Point-of-Care Guides] Treatment 06/15/2018 Corticosteroids for Sore Throat: BMJ Rapid Recommendation [Practice Guidelines] 05/15/2015 Acute...

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Opioid Epidemic - Key Resources - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2020 - ...Pain and Opioid Misuse: A Position Paper from the AAFP [Practice Guidelines] 06/15/2016 Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Chronic Opioid Therapy 06/15/2016 CDC Develops Guideline for Opioid Prescribing [Practice Guidelines] Editorials 04/15/2020 Prescribing...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=106

Influenza: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2019 - Influenza is an acute viral respiratory infection that causes significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Three types of influenza cause disease in humans. Influenza A is the type most responsible for causing pandemics because of its high susceptibility to antigenic variation. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/p751.html

Colorectal Cancer Screening and Prevention - American Family Physician

May 15, 2018 - Colorectal cancer is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Most colorectal cancers arise from preexisting adenomatous or serrated polyps. The incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer can be reduced with screening of average-risk adults 50 to 75 years of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0515/p658.html

Common Questions About Streptococcal Pharyngitis - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2016 - Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal (GABHS) infection causes 15% to 30% of sore throats in children and 5% to 15% in adults, and is more common in the late winter and early spring. The strongest independent predictors of GABHS pharyngitis are patient age of five to 15 years, absence of...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0701/p24.html

Cardiomyopathy: An Overview - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2017 - The definition and classification of cardiomyopathy have evolved considerably in recent years. Cardiomyopathy can be separated into primary (genetic, mixed, or acquired) and secondary categories, which result in varied phenotypes including dilated, hypertrophic, and restrictive ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1115/p640.html

ACOG Guidelines on Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Apr 1, 2010 - Counseling and treating women who become pregnant after bariatric surgery present unique challenges. Although outcomes are generally good, nutritional and surgical complications can arise. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently reviewed the available ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0401/p905.html

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Children - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2018 - The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus in children and adolescents has increased worldwide over the past three decades. This increase has coincided with the obesity epidemic, and minority groups are disproportionately affected. The American Diabetes Association recommends screening ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1101/p590.html

Complementary and Alternative Medicine - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on complementary and alternative medicine, including herbs and dietary supplements, acupuncture, meditation, and yoga. This collection features AFP content on complementary and alternative medicine, including herbs and dietary supplements, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=60

ACIP Releases 2011 Immunization Schedules - Practice Guidelines - American Family ...

Feb 1, 2011 - Each year the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates the recommended immunization schedules for children, adolescents, and adults. These schedules describe the immunizations recommended for routine administration in ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0201/p318.html

AAN Releases Guideline on Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Diagnosing Acute Ischemic ...

Feb 15, 2011 - Computed tomography (CT) is the diagnostic standard for acute stroke even though its accuracy has not been formally established. Its sensitivity for diagnosing ischemic stroke in the initial hours is limited; therefore, improved accuracy is needed to develop and provide optimal stroke ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0215/p483.html

HIV/AIDS - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS and related issues, including antiretroviral therapy, behavioral counseling, HIV testing, sexually transmitted diseases, and infection prevention. This collection features AFP content on human ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=11

AAN Recommendations on Symptomatic Treatment for Muscle Cramps - Practice Guidelines - ...

Sep 1, 2010 - Muscle cramps occur when the motor system is stressed by neuromuscular disease, a medical condition, or a physiologic process, such as dehydration or excessive exercise. Cramps are also common during the last trimester of pregnancy. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recommends ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0901/p540.html

AGS Releases Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons - Practice Guidelines -...

Jul 1, 2010 - Recommendations from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) guide physicians in screening older patients for risk of falling and preventing falls among those at increased risk.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0701/p81.html

ACS Recommendations on Prostate Cancer Screening - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Dec 1, 2010 - Although there have been substantive advances in the understanding of prostate cancer screening since the previous American Cancer Society (ACS) guideline update in 2001, there are still uncertainties about the overall value of early detection. Evidence that periodic prostate-specific ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1201/p1404.html

IDSA Releases Guidelines on Management of Cryptococcal Disease - Practice Guidelines - ...

Sep 15, 2010 - The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recently updated its guidelines on the management of cryptococcal disease. The new guidelines include a discussion of the management of cryptococcal meningoencephalitis in three risk groups: patients who are HIV-positive, organ ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0915/p711.html

AAN Updates Guidelines on Evaluating Driving Risk in Patients with Dementia - Practice ...

Nov 1, 2010 - Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) updated guidelines for the evaluation and management of driving risk in persons with dementia. The new evidence-based guidelines offer characteristics that can help to identify persons that are at risk of unsafe ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1101/p1144.html

ACOG Recommendations on Emergency Contraception - Practice Guidelines - American Family...

Nov 15, 2010 - American College of Obstetricians Gynecologists (ACOG) recommendations on emergency contraception. Common indications include contraceptive failure (e.g., condom breakage, missed doses of oral contraceptives) and failure to use any form of contraception.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1115/p1278.html

AAP Updates Policy Statement on Athletic Participation by Children and Adolescents with...

Nov 15, 2010 - The most common cardiovascular condition in competitive athletes is hypertension. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its policy statement using new recommendations made in the 2005 36th Bethesda Conference guidelines; the 2004 Fourth Report on the Diagnosis, Evaluation, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1115/p1285.html

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