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Caregiver Care - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2011 - In 2009, nearly 66 million Americans (three in 10 U.S. households) reported at least one person providing unpaid care as a family caregiver. More adults with chronic conditions and disabilities are living at home than ever before, and family caregivers have an even higher level of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0601/p1309.html

Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2011 - Knee osteoarthritis is a common disabling condition that affects more than one-third of persons older than 65 years. Exercise, weight loss, physical therapy, intra-articular corticosteroid injections, and the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and braces or heel wedges decrease...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0601/p1287.html

Overuse of Computed Tomography and Associated Risks - Editorials - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2011 - CT has substantially advanced medical care through improved diagnosis, but its use comes with potential harms, including cancer risk from radiation; detection of incidental findings that may lead to additional and often unnecessary diagnostic testing and treatment; and accidental ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0601/p1252.html

Primary Prevention of CVD: Treating Dyslipidemia - Clinical Evidence Handbook - ...

May 15, 2011 - What are the effects of pharmacologic cholesterol-lowering interventions in persons at low, medium, and high risk of CHD? What are the effects of a reduced- or modified-fat diet in persons at risk of CHD?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0515/p1207.html

Urticaria: Evaluation and Treatment - American Family Physician

May 1, 2011 - Urticaria involves intensely pruritic, raised wheals, with or without edema of the deeper cutis. It is usually a self-limited, benign reaction, but can be chronic. Rarely, it may represent serious systemic disease or a life-threatening allergic reaction. Urticaria has a lifetime ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0501/p1078.html

AHA/ASA Guidelines on Prevention of Recurrent Stroke - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Apr 15, 2011 - Persons who survive a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) are at increased risk of experiencing another stroke. The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) have released updated guidelines on preventing recurrent stroke in patients who have had a...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0415/p993.html

Should Carotid Artery Stenosis Be Examined as a Cause of Dizziness? - Letters to the ...

Apr 15, 2011 - ...to cause dizziness, such as stroke (nonspecific dizziness) and vertebrobasilar transient ischemic attack (vertigo).1 The study also lists transient ischemic attack as a dangerous cause of dizziness, but the likelihood of a transient ischemic attack presenting as isolated presyncopal...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0415/p879.html

Alvimopan (Entereg) for the Treatment of Postoperative Ileus - STEPS - American Family ...

Apr 15, 2011 - Use of alvimopan should be restricted to patients at a higher risk of postoperative ileus following abdominal surgeries, such as hospitalized patients undergoing bowel resection with primary anastomosis. It is an expensive option with limited indications; head-to-head studies with ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0415/p978.html

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2011 - ...Previous: AHA/ASA Guidelines on Prevention of Recurrent Stroke Next: Subclinical Hyperthyroidism: What It Means to You View the full table of contents >> Home / Journals / afp / Vol. 83/No. 8(April 15, 2011) / Carpal Tunnel Syndrome...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0415/p965.html

Medical Management of Stable Coronary Artery Disease - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2011 - All patients with stable coronary artery disease require medical therapy to prevent disease progression and recurrent cardiovascular events. Three classes of medication are essential to therapy: lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, and antiplatelet agents. Lipid-lowering therapy is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0401/p819.html

Transfusion of Blood and Blood Products: Indications and Complications - American ...

Mar 15, 2011 - Red blood cell transfusions are used to treat hemorrhage and to improve oxygen delivery to tissues. Transfusion of red blood cells should be based on the patient’s clinical condition. Indications for transfusion include symptomatic anemia (causing shortness of breath, dizziness, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0315/p719.html

Differentiation and Diagnosis of Tremor - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2011 - Tremor, an involuntary, rhythmic, oscillatory movement of a body part, is the most common movement disorder encountered in clinical practice. Rest tremors occur in a body part that is relaxed and completely supported against gravity. Action tremors occur with voluntary contraction of a ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0315/p697.html

Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents - Putting Prevention into Practice - ...

Mar 15, 2011 - Case study: A seven-year-old boy presents with his mother for a routine well-child visit. He does not report any problems, his medical history is unremarkable, and he has no family history of heart disease or diabetes mellitus.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0315/p737.html

Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents: Recommendation Statement - U.S. ...

Mar 15, 2011 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen children six years and older for obesity, and offer them or refer them to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvement in weight status.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0315/p739.html

Tremor - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2011 - ...and psychiatric drugs, can cause tremors. Anxiety and other psychological problems, an overactive thyroid, alcohol abuse or withdrawal, stroke or head injuries, and Wilson disease (a rare liver disease) can also cause tremors. Parkinson disease causes a resting tremor, and is most...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0315/p703.html

Systemic Vasculitis - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2011 - The systemic vasculitides are characterized by inflammation of blood vessel walls. Vessels of any type, in any organ can be affected, resulting in a broad spectrum of signs and symptoms. The heterogenous nature of vasculitides presents a diagnostic challenge. The American College of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0301/p556.html

Effectiveness of Acamprosate in the Treatment of Alcohol Dependence - Cochrane for ...

Mar 1, 2011 - When used in conjunction with detoxification and psychosocial interventions for treating alcohol dependence, acamprosate can reduce the risk of any return to drinking and improve cumulative abstinence rates.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0301/p522.html

Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2011 - ...occurrence of a major fatal or nonfatal cardiovascular event (i.e., myocardial infarction or stroke). Various secondary outcomes (i.e., separate assessments for myocardial infarction, stroke, congestive heart failure, and all-cause mortality) also were evaluated. Results: Baseline...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0301/p612a.html

Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2011 - ...primary outcome was a composite of the first occurrence of a major fatal or nonfatal cardiovascular event (i.e., myocardial infarction or stroke). Baseline characteristics were similar between groups: 37 percent had experienced a previous cardiovascular event and 60 percent were...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0301/p612.html

Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2011 - ...to lower homocysteine levels, would slow diabetic nephropathy and prevent subsequent vascular events, such as myocardial infarction and stroke. The Study: The DIVINe (Diabetic Intervention with Vitamins to Improve Nephropathy) study, a multicenter, randomized, double-blind,...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0301/p613.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 ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

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

Complications of HIV Infection: A Systems-Based Approach - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2011 - Patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection often develop multiple complications and comorbidities. Opportunistic infections should always be considered in the evaluation of symptomatic patients with advanced HIV/AIDS, although the overall incidence of these infections ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0215/p395.html

Guanfacine (Intuniv) for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - STEPS - American ...

Feb 15, 2011 - Guanfacine is an effective short-term treatment option for ADHD in children six to 12 years of age. Sedation is a marked problem in many children. Patients should take the medication daily to avoid adverse effects that occur with abrupt discontinuation or when the guanfacine is restarted.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0215/p468.html

Allergic Conjunctivitis - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2011 - ...Previous: AAN Releases Guideline on Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Diagnosing Acute Ischemic Stroke Next: Hay Fever View the full table of contents >> Home / Journals / afp / Vol. 83/No. 4(February 15, 2011) / Allergic Conjunctivitis...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0215/p476.html

Treatment of Acute Migraine Headache - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2011 - Migraine headache is a common and potentially debilitating disorder often treated by family physicians. Before diagnosing migraine, serious intracranial pathology must be ruled out. Treating acute migraine is challenging because of substantial rates of nonresponse to medications and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0201/p271.html

Recurrent Venous Thromboembolism - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2011 - A previous venous thromboembolism is the most important risk factor for predicting recurrence of the condition. Several studies have shown that routine testing for inherited thrombophilias is not helpful in predicting the risk of recurrence or altering treatment decisions, and therefore...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0201/p293.html

Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2011 - ...the incidence of diabetes; a composite cardiovascular outcome including development of heart failure, nonfatal myocardial infarction or stroke, unstable angina, arterial revascularization, or cardiovascular-associated death; and a similar composite cardiovascular outcome that...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0201/p311.html

Specialized Nutrition Support - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2011 - Specialized nutrition support should be offered to patients who are malnourished or at risk of becoming malnour- ished when it would benefit patient outcomes or quality of life. Improving the nutritional value of ingested food and tailoring intake to the patient’s preferences, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0115/p173.html

Shoulder Pain - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2011 - What are the effects of oral and topical drug treatment in persons with shoulder pain?What are the effects of local injections, nondrug and surgical treatments in persons with shoulder pain?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0115/p137.html

Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2011 - Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. It impairs cardiac function and increases the risk of stroke. The incidence of atrial fibrillation increases with age. Key treatment issues include deciding when to restore normal sinus rhythm, when to control rate only, and how...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p61.html

The Geriatric Assessment - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2011 - The geriatric assessment is a multidimensional, multidisciplinary assessment designed to evaluate an older person’s functional ability, physical health, cognition and mental health, and socioenvironmental circumstances. It is usually initiated when the physician identifies a potential ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p48.html

Atrial Fibrillation - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2011 - ...Blood can clot when it pools. If the clot gets free, it can travel to your brain and cause a stroke. The trembling in the upper chambers can cause the lower chambers to get off beat. This makes it difficult for your heart to pump blood through your body. What are the symptoms? You...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p71.html

Perioperative Antiplatelet Therapy - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2010 - Aspirin is recommended as a lifelong therapy that should never be interrupted for patients with cardiovascular disease. Clopidogrel therapy is mandatory for six weeks after placement of bare-metal stents, three to six months after myocardial infarction, and at least 12 months after ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1215/p1484.html

Managing Adverse Effects of Hormonal Contraceptives - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2010 - Adverse effects of hormonal contraceptives usually diminish with continued use of the same method. Often, physi- cians only need to reassure patients that these symptoms will likely resolve within three to five months. Long-acting injectable depot medroxyprogesterone acetate is the only...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1215/p1499.html

Diagnosis, Initial Management, and Prevention of Meningitis - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2010 - Although the annual incidence of bacterial meningitis in the United States is declining, it remains a medical emer- gency with a potential for high morbidity and mortality. Clinical signs and symptoms are unreliable in distinguishing bacterial meningitis from the more common forms of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1215/p1491.html

Updated Recommendations on Daily Aspirin Use in Patients with Diabetes - Practice ...

Dec 15, 2010 - To address the uncertainties about aspirin use in persons with diabetes, experts from the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and American College of Cardiology Foundation reviewed the current evidence and updated the 2007 recommendations.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1215/p1559.html

Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2010 - Careful examination of the oral cavity may reveal findings indicative of an underlying systemic condition, and allow for early diagnosis and treatment. Examination should include evaluation for mucosal changes, periodontal inflammation and bleeding, and general condition of the teeth. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1201/p1381.html

Frontotemporal Dementia: A Review for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2010 - Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is one of the most common forms of dementia in persons younger than 65 years. Variants include behavioral variant FTD, semantic dementia, and progressive nonfluent aphasia. Behavioral and language manifestations are core features of FTD, and patients have ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1201/p1372.html

Sudden Cardiac Death and Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators - American Family ...

Dec 1, 2010 - Sudden cardiac death is a major public health problem, affecting 500,000 patients in the United States annually. An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) can terminate malignant ventricular arrhythmias and has been shown to improve survival in high-risk populations. Although ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1201/p1357.html

Clinical Pathways: Effects on Practice, Outcomes, and Costs - Cochrane for Clinicians -...

Dec 1, 2010 - The results of 27 studies (n = 11,398) support the conclusion that clinical pathways reduce in-hospital complications and improve documentation.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1201/p1338.html

Coronary Artery Disease Prevention: As Easy As 1, 2, 3? - Letters to the Editor - ...

Nov 15, 2010 - ...often use secondary prevention to refer to reducing the risk of recurrences of disease-related events, such as myocardial infarction,2 stroke,3 and osteoporotic fracture.4 Dr. Lucan’s observation that failing to precisely define what is meant by secondary prevention may occasionally...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1115/p1167.html

Counseling and Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use and Tobacco-Caused Disease in ...

Nov 15, 2010 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians ask all adults about tobacco use and provide tobacco cessation interventions for those who use tobacco products.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1115/p1266.html

Management of Influenza - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2010 - Influenza is a contagious airborne viral illness characterized by abrupt onset of symptoms. Fever, myalgia, headache, rhinitis, sore throat, and cough are commonly reported symptoms. The diagnosis should be made clinically, and the decision to begin antiviral therapy should not be ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1101/p1087.html

The Role of Nonstatin Therapy in Managing Hyperlipidemia - Editorials: Controversies in...

Nov 1, 2010 - When treating hyperlipidemia, physicians often face the question of the clinical value of nonstatin drugs, including bile acid sequestrants, fibrates (fibric acid derivatives), niacin, and cholesterol-absorption inhibitors. This editorial highlights the most prominent trial data and ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1101/p1056.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

Obesity in Adults - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2010 - What are the effects of drug treatments in adults with obesity? What are the effects of bariatric surgery in adults with morbid obesity?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1015/p974.html

Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2010 - ...Background: Carotid artery stenosis causes about 20 percent of strokes in adults. The current treatment is carotid endarterectomy, which has been shown to reduce the risk of stroke and death more effectively than medical therapy. Recently, carotid artery stenting has emerged as a...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1015/p991a.html

Counseling Patients About Hormone Therapy and Alternatives for Menopausal Symptoms - ...

Oct 1, 2010 - The results of recent large clinical trials have led physicians and patients to question the safety of menopausal hormone therapy. In the past, physicians prescribed hormone therapy in an attempt to improve overall health and prevent cardiac disease. Hormone therapy appears to increase ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1001/p801.html

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia: Diagnosis and Management - American Family ...

Oct 1, 2010 - Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia is an uncommon autosomal dominant disease that occurs in approximately one in 5,000 to 8,000 persons. This multisystem disorder can affect the nose, skin, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, liver, and brain. Epistaxis is the most common presenting ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1001/p785.html

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2010 - ...in the stomach or intestines can cause black or bloody stools or anemia. In the lungs, they can cause shortness of breath and possibly strokes if they become large. There is a higher risk of bleeding during pregnancy. In the brain, abnormal vessels can be dangerous if they bleed....

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1001/p797.html

Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2010 - Primary care physicians often prescribe contraceptives to women of reproductive age with comorbidities. Novel delivery systems (e.g., contraceptive patch, contraceptive ring, single-rod implantable device) may change traditional risk and benefit profiles in women with comorbidities. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0915/p621.html

Preventive Health: Time for Change - Editorials - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2010 - It is time to make a decision. Which will be our health promotion strategy—primary prevention or secondary prevention?

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0915/p610.html

Interpreting and Evaluating the Details of the JUPITER Study - Letters to the Editor - ...

Sep 15, 2010 - ...Dr. Neft states that we ignore the benefit of fewer strokes (0.18 versus 0.34 per 100 person years) and fewer myocardial infarctions (0.17 versus 0.37 per 100 person years). The corresponding numbers needed to treat (NNT) for the two-year study period were approximately 300 and 250...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0915/p571.html

Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2010 - ...mortality, heart failure stage, hospitalization rate, or adverse events, although the lenient ratecontrol group had a lower risk of stroke (hazard ratio = 0.35). There was no difference between the groups in the prevalence of atrial fibrillation symptoms, including palpitations,...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0915/p686.html

Neuropsychological Evaluation in Primary Care - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2010 - Referring a patient to a neuropsychologist for evaluation provides a level of rigorous assessment of brain function that often cannot be obtained in other ways. The neuropsychologist integrates information from the patient’s medical history, laboratory tests, and imaging studies; an ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0901/p495.html

Dizziness: A Diagnostic Approach - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2010 - Dizziness accounts for an estimated 5 percent of primary care clinic visits. The patient history can generally classify dizziness into one of four categories: vertigo, disequilibrium, presyncope, or lightheadedness. The main causes of vertigo are benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0815/p361.html

ICSI Releases Guideline on Chronic Pain Assessment and Management - Practice Guidelines...

Aug 15, 2010 - The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) released a guideline on the assessment and management of chronic pain in adults and physiologically mature adolescents 16 to 18 years of age.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0815/p434.html

Evidence for Global CHD Risk Calculation: Risk Assessment Alone Does Not Change ...

Aug 1, 2010 - To prevent heart attack, stroke, or death, the American Heart Association recommends estimating patients’ absolute risk of having a coronary heart disease (CHD) event in 10 years. Before physicians adopt routine risk calculation, we should use the evidence to determine the best use of ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0801/p236.html

Global Risk of Coronary Heart Disease: Assessment and Application - American Family ...

Aug 1, 2010 - Coronary heart disease is the most common cause of death in the United States. The conventional risk factor approach to primary prevention excludes many patients who could benefit from preventive therapies. A global risk approach allows more accurate estimates of risk to guide clinical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0801/p265.html

Thinking on Paper: Documenting Decision Making -- FPM

Aug 1, 2010 - The third article in our series on Medicare's documentation guidelines will help you determine whether what's on your mind is what's on the patient's record.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0700/p10.html

Primary Prevention of CVD: Physical Activity - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American ...

Jul 15, 2010 - Does counseling to increase physical activity lead to increased physical activity in healthy persons without existing CVD? What are the health benefits of increasing physical activity in relation to cardiovascular outcomes in healthy persons without existing CVD?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0715/p136.html

How Important Is Reaching Blood Glucose Level Goals? - Letters to the Editor - American...

Jul 15, 2010 - ...for 10 years and determined that tighter glycemic control reduced microvascular complications.3 The effect on coronary artery disease and stroke was equivocal at the conclusion of the trial. However, another study reported that cardiovascular and all-cause mortality was...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0715/p100.html

Pain In the Quiet (Not Red) Eye - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2010 - Although eye pain is often accompanied by redness or injection, pain can also occur with a quiet eye. Pain in a quiet eye can be the first sign of a vision-threatening condition, a more benign ophthalmologic condition, or a nonophthalmologic condition. Acute narrow-angle glaucoma is an ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0701/p69.html

Gait and Balance Disorders in Older Adults - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2010 - Gait and balance disorders are common in older adults and are a major cause of falls in this population. They are associated with increased morbidity and mortality, as well as reduced level of function. Common causes include arthritis and orthostatic hypotension; however, most gait and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0701/p61.html

Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of New Drugs - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2010 - Prescribers seek to provide their patients with access to the latest innovations in medicine to maximize their health status. When a new drug comes to market, it often has not been as widely tested as other available therapies, and its effectiveness and safety cannot be fully evaluated....

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0701/p53.html

Cyanosis in an Older Woman - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2010 - Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0615/p1491.html

First-Line Treatment for Hypertension - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2010 - In comparing the effects of thiazide diuretics, beta blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, and calcium channel blockers (CCBs) with placebo, thiazide diuretics lowered mortality and morbidity from stroke, heart attack, and heart failure more than beta blockers.1 ACE ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0601/p1333.html

Hepatitis C: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2010 - Hepatitis C, a common chronic bloodborne infection, is found in approximately 2 percent of adults in the United States. Chronic infection is associated with serious morbidity and mortality (e.g., cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma). Testing for hepatitis C is recommended for at-risk ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0601/p1351.html

How Health Care Reform Will Affect Family Physicians -- FPM

Jun 1, 2010 - The legislation isn't perfect, but it makes an important point - that primary care deserves more attention.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0500/p14.html

Primary Care of Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer - American Family Physician

May 15, 2010 - There are approximately 300,000 survivors of childhood cancer in the United States, and most of them receive their medical care from primary care physicians. Adult survivors of childhood cancer are at considerable risk of long-term morbidity and mortality beyond the recurrence of their ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0515/p1250.html

Nursing Home Care: Part II. Clinical Aspects - American Family Physician

May 15, 2010 - Understanding the distinctions between the management of clinical problems in nursing homes compared with the community setting helps improve the overall care of nursing home residents. Liberalizing diets helps avoid unintentional weight loss in nursing home residents, although the use ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0515/p1229.html

Febuxostat (Uloric) for Hyperuricemia and Gout - STEPS - American Family Physician

May 15, 2010 - Febuxostat more effectively lowers serum uric acid to goal levels than does allopurinol; however, this benefit is offset by a slightly higher incidence of adverse effects and treatment discontinuation. Until superiority for patient-oriented outcomes is shown in comparative trials with ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0515/p1287.html

Prevention, Recognition, and Management of Serotonin Syndrome - American Family Physician

May 1, 2010 - Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by excessive serotonergic activity in the nervous system. It is characterized by mental status changes, autonomic instability, and neuromuscular hyperactivity. Most reported cases of serotonin syndrome are in patients...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0501/p1139.html

Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

May 1, 2010 - ...and raloxifene increased the risk of thromboembolism (risk ratio = 1.93 and 1.60, respectively) compared with placebo. Tibolone caused more strokes than placebo (risk ratio = 2.19). Risk of coronary heart disease was not increased with any agent. Tamoxifen also increased the risk of...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0501/p1149.html

Pelvic Organ Prolapse - American Family Physician

May 1, 2010 - ...smelling discharge, problems passing urine or stool, or any change in your ability to take care of the pessary (for instance, if you have a stroke or arthritis). What are Kegel exercises? They are exercises to strengthen the muscles of the pelvis. Your doctor can teach you how to do...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0501/p1119.html

Examining the Heart of Family Medicine: Family History - Editorials - American Family ...

Apr 15, 2010 - ...accompanying table) about screening family history for asthma and allergies (atopic disease); diabetes; major depression and mood disorders; stroke; cardiovascular disease; and five common cancers (breast, ovarian, colorectal, prostate, and lung).3 The panel statement,3 evidence...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0415/p961.html

Effectiveness of B-Complex Vitamins for Prevention of Cardiovascular Events - Cochrane ...

Apr 1, 2010 - Eight randomized clinical trials that included 24,210 patients did not show a reduction in MI, stroke, or all-cause mortality with B-complex vitamin therapy.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0401/p850.html

Blood Pressure Treatment Targets for Uncomplicated Hypertension - Cochrane for ...

Apr 1, 2010 - To date, there is no evidence to support treating patients with uncomplicated hypertension to blood pressure goals lower than the standard blood pressure target of less than or equal to 140 to 160/90 to 100 mm Hg. In randomized controlled trials, patients treated to lower blood pressure...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0401/p848.html

Diabetes Mellitus: Diagnosis and Screening - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2010 - Based on etiology, diabetes is classified as type 1 diabetes mellitus, type 2 diabetes mellitus, latent autoimmune diabetes, maturity-onset diabetes of youth, and miscellaneous causes. The diagnosis is based on measurement of A1C level, fasting or random blood glucose level, or oral ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0401/p863.html

Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults - Editorials - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2010 - ...Increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality related to strokes, acute coronary events, and coronary revascularizations; high incidence rates compared with euglycemic individuals, especially in women Same risk as patients with T2DM Microvascular complications...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0401/p843.html

An Open Letter to All the Health Plans That Keep Sending Me Letters -- FPM

Apr 1, 2010 - How helpful are all those letters you receive from health plans? Not very, says this family physician.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0300/p52.html

Predicting the Risk of Bleeding in Patients Taking Warfarin - Point-of-Care Guides - ...

Mar 15, 2010 - When considering anticoagulation therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation or venous thromboembolism (VTE), physicians and patients must balance the benefits of anticoagulation with the risk of bleeding, particularly major bleeding complications. For example, in patients who are at ...

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0315/p780.html

ASCO Updates Guideline on the Use of Pharmacologic Interventions to Reduce Breast ...

Mar 15, 2010 - The American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) updated guideline addresses: (1) the use of tamoxifen, raloxifene (Evista), aromatase inhibitors, and fenretinide (not available in the United States) versus no pharmacologic intervention to reduce the risk of breast cancer; (2) the ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0315/p799.html

Beta Blockers and Noncardiac Surgery: Why the POISE Study Alone Should Not Change Your ...

Mar 15, 2010 - Should we stop using beta blockers to prevent myocardial infarction in persons undergoing noncardiac surgery? The data remain inconclusive. Although the POISE study is an important contribution to the literature, it uses a protocol that is unrealistic and should not change current ...

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0315/p717.html

Stress Incontinence - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2010 - What are the effects of surgical and nonsurgical treatments for women with stress incontinence?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0315/p773.html

ACC and AHA Update on Chronic Heart Failure Guidelines - Practice Guidelines - American...

Mar 1, 2010 - In 2009, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) published a focused update of the ACC/AHA 2005 Guideline Update for the Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Heart Failure in the Adult.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0301/p654.html

Discussing Treatment Options with Patients - Curbside Consultation - American Family ...

Mar 1, 2010 - Sometimes it may seem easier to inject a subacromial bursa or aspirate a knee joint than to engage in shared decision making with your patients about the use of aspirin for coronary artery disease prevention or a PSA test for prostate cancer screening. The path that led to the disparate...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0301/p645.html

AAFP News - Mar 1, 2010 - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2010 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News Now.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0301/p581.html

Management of Erectile Dysfunction - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2010 - Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the most common sexual problem in men. The incidence increases with age and affects up to one third of men throughout their lives. It causes a substantial negative impact on intimate relationships, quality of life, and self-esteem. History and physical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0201/p305.html

Secondary Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2010 - Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of mortality in the United States. In patients who have had a myocardial infarction or revascularization procedure, secondary prevention of coronary artery disease by comprehensive risk factor modification reduces mortality, decreases ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0201/p289.html

FDA Boxed Warnings: How to Prescribe Drugs Safely - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2010 - Boxed warnings, commonly referred to as 'black box' warnings, are issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and featured in the labeling of drugs associated with serious adverse reactions. These safety concerns are typically identified through the Adverse Event Reporting System ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0201/p298.html

Leg Compression and Pharmacologic Prophylaxis for Venous Thromboembolism Prevention in ...

Feb 1, 2010 - Based on high-quality evidence, the Cochrane review showed that combining IPC with pharmacologic prophylaxis was more effective than a single preventative measure for preventing deep venous thrombosis (DVT), and more effective than IPC alone for preventing pulmonary embolism (PE).

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0201/p284.html

Erectile Dysfunction - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2010 - ...nerves and blood vessels in the penis. This allows the penis to fill with blood. Some medical conditions may block these signals, including strokes, spinal injuries, pelvic trauma, Parkinson disease, and multiple sclerosis. Prostate or pelvic surgery, and pelvic nerve damage from...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0201/p313.html

Outdoor Air Pollutants and Patient Health - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2010 - Almost 160 million persons live in areas of the United States that exceed federal health-based air pollution standards. The two air pollutants that most commonly exceed standards are ozone and particulate matter. Ozone and particulate matter can harm anyone if levels are sufficiently ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0115/p175.html

AAFP News - Jan 15, 2010 - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2010 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News Now.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0115/p103.html

Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2010 - Few older adults in the United States achieve the minimum recommended amount of physical activity. Lack of physical activity contributes to many chronic diseases that occur in older adults, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus, lung disease, Alzheimer disease, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0101/p55.html

Cervical Radiculopathy: Nonoperative Management of Neck Pain and Radicular Symptoms - ...

Jan 1, 2010 - Cervical radiculopathy is a disease process marked by nerve compression from herniated disk material or arthritic bone spurs. This impingement typically produces neck and radiating arm pain or numbness, sensory deficits, or motor dysfunction in the neck and upper extremities. Magnetic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0101/p33.html

NSAID Prescribing Precautions - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2009 - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used, but have risks associated with their use, including significant upper gastrointestinal tract bleeding. Older persons, persons taking anticoagulants, and persons with a history of upper gastrointestinal tract bleeding ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1215/p1371.html

Sex-Based Differences in Drug Activity - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2009 - Physiologic differences between men and women affect drug activity, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Pharmacokinetics in women is affected by lower body weight, slower gastrointestinal motility, less intestinal enzymatic activity, and slower glomerular filtration rate. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1201/p1254.html

Is Telmisartan Effective for Stroke Prevention? - AFP Journal Club - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2009 - Does telmisartan therapy after stroke prevent recurrence and adverse cardiovascular events? Despite lowering blood pressure, telmisartan did not provide preventative benefit. This study reflects problems with publication bias and that surrogate markers, such as blood pressure control, ...

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1115/p1042.html

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