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Top 20 Research Studies of 2013 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2014 - In 2013, we performed monthly surveillance of more than 110 English-language clinical research journals, and identified approximately 250 studies that had the potential to change the practice of family physicians. Each study was critically appraised and summarized by a group of primary ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0915/p397.html

Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2014 - Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common inherited cause of kidney disease. Enlarging cysts within the kidneys are the clinical hallmark of the disease. Renal manifestations include varying degrees of kidney injury, urinary tract infections, kidney stones,...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0901/p303.html

ACE Inhibitors Decrease Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Diabetes, ARBs Do Not - ...

Sep 1, 2014 - In patients with diabetes, ACE inhibitors decrease cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality. ARBs do not. Both drug classes decrease heart failure incidence. Although both drug classes have been available for almost 15 years, there is only one study of 250 patients that directly ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0901/p326.html

Cardiovascular Effects of NSAIDs - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2014 - Aspirin does not elevate blood pressure. Among nonselective NSAIDs, ibuprofen increases the risk of hypertension and stroke. Diclofenac does not increase the risk of hypertension, but does increase the risk of stroke. Naproxen (Naprosyn) does not increase the risk of hypertension or ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/od2.html

ACC/AHA Release Updated Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce ASCVD...

Aug 15, 2014 - The Blood Cholesterol Expert Panel from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued an updated evidence-based guideline in 2013 that addresses the use of fixed doses of cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) to reduce the risk of ASCVD in ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/p260.html

Should Family Physicians Follow the New ACC/AHA Cholesterol Treatment Guideline? Yes: ...

Aug 15, 2014 - The recommendations appropriately focus treatment on those most likely to benefit.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/p212.html

2013 ACC/AHA Cholesterol Guideline Greatly Increases Number Eligible for Statin ...

Aug 15, 2014 - The new guideline from the ACC/AHA increases the number of adults between 40 and 75 years of age who are eligible to take statins by 12.8 million. The largest increases were among adults who would take statins for primary prevention and for adults between 60 and 75 years of age. The ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/od6.html

Should Family Physicians Follow the New ACC/AHA Cholesterol Treatment Guideline? Not ...

Aug 15, 2014 - The recommendations should have paid more attention to the inherent uncertainties in risk estimates and the importance of individual patient circumstances and preferences.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/p223.html

Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/skin_in_the_game_shared.html

Heads Up: School Sports Season Is Upon Us

Heads Up: School Sports Season Is Upon Us

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/heads_up_school_sports_season.html

Delirium in Older Persons: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2014 - Delirium is defined as an acute, fluctuating syndrome of altered attention, awareness, and cognition. It is common in older persons in the hospital and long-term care facilities and may indicate a life-threatening condition. Assessment for and prevention of delirium should occur at ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0801/p150.html

New Anticoagulants vs. Warfarin in Atrial Fibrillation: No Clear Winner - POEMs - ...

Jul 15, 2014 - In this meta-analysis, newer anticoagulants appear to be slightly more effective than warfarin in the short term (two years) in preventing strokes of all kinds in patients with atrial fibrillation. However, they are no more effective than warfarin in preventing ischemic strokes, and ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0715/p110a.html

ACP Releases Guideline on Screening, Monitoring, and Treatment of Stage 1 to 3 Chronic ...

Jul 15, 2014 - Based on a systematic evidence review, this guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) presents recommendations on screening, monitoring, and treatment of stage 1 to 3 chronic kidney disease in adults.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0715/p121.html

What You Didn't Learn in Medical School: Prescribing a Dose of Yourself

What You Didn't Learn in Medical School: Prescribing a Dose of Yourself

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/prescribing_a_dose_of_yourself.html

AAFP News - Jun 15, 2014 - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2014 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0615/p936.html

Neglected Parasitic Infections: What Every Family Physician Needs to Know - American ...

May 15, 2014 - Neglected parasitic infections, including Chagas disease, toxocariasis, cysticercosis, and toxoplasmosis, affect millions of persons in the United States. Relatively few resources have been devoted to surveillance, prevention, and treatment of these diseases. Chagas disease primarily ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0515/p803.html

Fewer Major Bleeds with Edoxaban Than with Warfarin, but Treatment Benefit Unclear - ...

May 15, 2014 - Edoxaban provides similar effectiveness and a somewhat lower rate of major gastrointestinal and intracranial bleeding than warfarin. It is worth reading the supplemental appendices to this report for a look at the subgroups. For almost all subgroups, low-dose edoxaban caused less major ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0515/p827.html

Apixaban (Eliquis) for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation - STEPS - American ...

Apr 15, 2014 - Apixaban is at least as effective as aspirin or warfarin for preventing strokes in high-risk patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, especially those who cannot or will not take warfarin. It is slightly less likely to cause major bleeding and may have better compliance because it...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/p672.html

Care of the Homeless: An Overview - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2014 - Homelessness affects men, women, and children of all races and ethnicities. On any given night, more than 610,000 persons in the United States are homeless; a little more than one-third of these are families. Homeless persons are more likely to become ill, have greater hospitalization ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/p634.html

Chronic Daily Headache: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2014 - Chronic daily headache is defined as the presence of a headache on 15 days or more per month for at least three months. The most common types of chronic daily headache are chronic migraines and chronic tension-type headaches. If a red flag for a secondary cause of headache is present, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/p642.html

AAP Releases Guideline on Diagnosis and Management of Acute Bacterial Sinusitis in ...

Apr 15, 2014 - Approximately 6% to 7% of children presenting with respiratory symptoms have acute sinusitis. This practice guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which updates the 2001 guideline, discusses diagnosis and management of acute bacterial sinusitis in children one to 18 ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/p676.html

Apolipoproteins for Cardiovascular Risk Assessment - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Apr 15, 2014 - Measurement of apolipoprotein B and apolipoprotein A-I is no better than traditional lipid measurements and should not be used to predict cardiovascular risk.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/od2.html

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

Apr 15, 2014 - A 19-year-old woman presents to the university health clinic for a well-woman examination. She reports no problems and mentions that she is sexually active with one male partner, who usually uses condoms. She has never been screened for a sexually transmitted infection.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/p665.html

No Benefit to Addition of Stenting for Treatment of Atherosclerotic Renal Artery ...

Apr 1, 2014 - In patients with severe atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis and hypertension or chronic kidney disease, renal artery stenting does not provide an additional benefit when added to comprehensive medical therapy that includes blood pressure and diabetes mellitus management, and ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0401/p576.html

Intrauterine Devices: An Update - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2014 - Three intrauterine devices (IUDs) are available in the United States: the copper T 380A and two levonorgestrel-releasing IUDs, one that releases 20 mcg of levonorgestrel per 24 hours, and one that releases 14 mcg per 24 hours. All are safe and effective methods of contraception that ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0315/p445.html

Unilateral Weakness of the Muscles of Facial Expression - Photo Quiz - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2014 - 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/2014/0215/p283.html

Lending a Hand to Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Simple Way to Communicate Treatment ...

Feb 15, 2014 - A new approach to the care of adults with type 2 diabetes emphasizes proven interventions that improve duration and quality of life.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0215/p256.html

Screening Echocardiography Not Beneficial - POEMs - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2014 - Population-based screening for heart disease or valve disease with echocardiography will identify cardiac pathology in patients but does not decrease mortality, myocardial infarction risk, or stroke risk.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0201/p224.html

Influenza Vaccine Reduces Risk of Adverse Cardiovascular Events in High-Risk Patients -...

Feb 1, 2014 - This meta-analysis found that the influenza vaccine is associated with a significantly lower risk of major adverse cardiovascular events in adults with coronary disease. The benefit of influenza vaccination is strongest in adults with a history of recent acute coronary syndrome within ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0201/p224a.html

Fewer Deaths/Strokes/Revascularizations with Metformin Than Glipizide - POEMs - ...

Jan 15, 2014 - Over five years, treatment with metformin for three years, with other hypoglycemics as needed, reduced the likelihood of death, nonfatal stroke, or the need for vascularization compared with treatment beginning with glipizide (Glucotrol). Cardiovascular events were not individually ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0115/p131.html

Is Intensive Blood Pressure Control Beneficial in Patients with Acute Intracerebral ...

Jan 15, 2014 - It seems to be safe to lower systolic blood pressure to a target of 140 mm Hg in those with an acute hemorrhagic stroke. However, there seems to be no clinical benefit to this approach when the data are adjusted for baseline NIH Stroke Scale scores.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0115/p120.html

Anemia and Mucocutaneous Telangiectasias - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2014 - Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photgraph or other image.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0115/p89.html

Dementia - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2014 - What are the effects of treatments on cognitive, behavioral, and psychological symptoms of dementia (Alzheimer disease, Lewy body dementia, or vascular dementia)?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0115/p117.html

Methylphenidate for Management of Fatigue in the Palliative Care Setting - FPIN's ...

Jan 15, 2014 - No recent evidence demonstrates that methylphenidate improves fatigue in patients receiving palliative care. Methylphenidate can be used to minimally improve fatigue symptom scores in patients with cancer-related fatigue.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0115/p124.html

No Effect of Vitamin D on Depressive Symptoms - POEMs - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2014 - Taken in aggregate, symptoms of depression do not improve in patients with low vitamin D levels when given vitamin D supplementation any more than when given placebo. There may be a benefit in patients with low vitamin D levels and mild to moderate depression.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0115/p131a.html

Clopidogrel Plus 21 Days of Aspirin Is Superior to Aspirin Alone Within First 24 Hours ...

Jan 1, 2014 - Patients with minor stroke (National Institutes of Health [NIH] Stroke Scale score ≤ 3) or TIA have a decreased risk of recurrent stroke if given aspirin plus clopidogrel vs. aspirin alone if started within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. There was no significant increase in the risk...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0101/p55.html

Inheriting Patients with Questionable Medication Regimens - Curbside Consultation - ...

Jan 1, 2014 - Inheriting a patient on an inappropriate or questionable medical regimen is a scenario that every physician confronts when practicing continuity care. It can present frustrating challenges, especially for resident physicians, who, because of the nature of training programs, care for ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0101/p44.html

ACS Releases Guideline on Screening for Lung Cancer with Low-Dose Computed Tomography -...

Jan 1, 2014 - In late 2010, results from the National Lung Screening Trial showed that lung cancer mortality was significantly reduced in high-risk adults who received annual screenings using low-dose computed tomography (CT). After these results were announced, the American Cancer Society (ACS) ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0101/p56.html

Smell and Taste Disorders in Primary Care - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2013 - Smell and taste disorders can be challenging to diagnose because of the large number of potential etiologies. Patients are often unable to provide a clear history of symptoms, because they frequently cannot distinguish between difficulties with smell and taste. Standardized ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1215/p852.html

Ticagrelor (Brilinta) for Secondary Prevention of Thrombotic Events Following Acute ...

Dec 15, 2013 - Ticagrelor is an alternative to clopidogrel for secondary prevention of cardiovascular death in patients with acute coronary syndrome. In an international study it was found to be more effective, but patients in the United States did not experience superior outcomes.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1215/p821.html

Intensive Lifestyle Intervention Fails to Improve Patient-Oriented Outcomes in Persons ...

Dec 15, 2013 - This large, well-designed trial failed to find a statistically significant improvement in patient-oriented outcomes in patients with diabetes, despite a fairly intensive lifestyle intervention and long-term follow-up.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1215/od1.html

Recognition and Management of Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis - ...

Nov 15, 2013 - Polymyalgia rheumatica affects proximal muscles and joints, causing disability in older adults. Giant cell arteritis affects medium and large arteries and can result in blindness. These conditions overlap significantly, often occurring together. Despite the similarities, each has ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1115/p676.html

Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2013 - ...GCA requires higher doses of steroids. This will help lower your risk of going blind, having a stroke, or other problems. Your doctor may start you on steroids even before he or she is sure you have GCA. Symptoms improve quickly over a few days, but sometimes, you may need to take...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1115/p676-s1.html

Myocardial Infarction: Management of the Subacute Period - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2013 - Optimal management of myocardial infarction in the subacute period focuses on improving the discharge planning process, implementing therapies early to prevent recurrent myocardial infarction, and avoiding hospital readmission. Evidence-based guidelines for the care of patients with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1101/p581.html

Care of the College Student - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2013 - There are approximately 20 million students in U.S. colleges and universities. Although this population is characterized as having good health, 600,000 students report some form of disability or some type of medical problem, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1101/p596.html

n-3 Fatty Acids Do Not Prevent Cardiovascular Events in High-Risk Patients - POEMs - ...

Nov 1, 2013 - There is no evidence that n-3 fatty acids prevent cardiovascular events or death in older adults who have cardiovascular disease (or who are at risk of it but have not had a myocardial infarction).

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1101/od2.html

Recommendations for Preconception Counseling and Care - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2013 - Given that nearly one-half of pregnancies are unintended, preconception care should be considered an integral part of primary care for women of reproductive age. Common issues in preconception care include family planning, achieving a healthy body weight, screening and treatment for ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1015/p499.html

Pertussis: A Reemerging Infection - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2013 - Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is an acute respiratory tract infection that has increased in incidence in recent years. The initial catarrhal stage presents with nonspecific symptoms of malaise, rhinorrhea, sneezing, lacrimation, and mild cough. During the paroxysmal stage, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1015/p507.html

Same Benefit with Equivalent Doses of Chlorthalidone and HCTZ - POEMs - American Family...

Oct 15, 2013 - In this retrospective analysis, chlorthalidone and HCTZ produced the same clinical outcomes in older adults. In general, chlorthalidone was more likely to be associated with hospitalization for hypokalemia and hyponatremia. When comparing equivalent doses, though, the rates of these ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1015/od4.html

Recognition and Evaluation of Nontraumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Ruptured ...

Oct 1, 2013 - Swift diagnosis and treatment are critical for good outcomes in patients with nontraumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage, which is usually caused by a ruptured aneurysm. This type of stroke often results in death or disability. Rates of misdiagnosis and treatment delays for subarachnoid ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1001/p451.html

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