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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 ...

American Family Physician : Article

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

Diabetes: Treating Hypertension - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2013 - What are the effects of antihypertensives and different blood pressure targets in persons with diabetes and hypertension?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0415/p574.html

Metformin Use in Adolescents - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2013 - There are no studies evaluating whether metformin prevents or delays the onset of diabetes in adolescents who are obese. In adults, metformin is as effective as lifestyle interventions in preventing increases in A1C and fasting glucose levels, but it is less effective in preventing or ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0415/od4.html

Management of Chronic Tendon Injuries - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2013 - Chronic tendon injuries present unique management challenges. The assumption that these injuries result from ongoing inflammation has caused physicians to rely on treatments demonstrated to be ineffective in the long term. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be limited in the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0401/p486.html

Appropriate Use of Polypharmacy for Older Patients - Cochrane for Clinicians - American...

Apr 1, 2013 - Multidisciplinary interventions that address polypharmacy decrease inappropriate prescribing and medication-related problems in patients 65 years and older, but it is not clear if they reduce hospital admissions or improve quality of life. Most interventions studied were led by ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0401/p483.html

ACR Issues Recommendations on Therapies for Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee -...

Apr 1, 2013 - The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released updated recommendations for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee, and has developed new recommendations for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hand. These recommendations are categorized as strong or conditional.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0401/p515.html

Effect of Cocoa on Blood Pressure - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2013 - Consuming 50 g of cocoa daily will lower blood pressure 2 to 3 mm Hg on average in adults with hypertension. Evidence of improved patient-oriented outcomes does not exist.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0401/p484.html

Kidney Stones - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2013 - What are the effects of interventions for the removal of asymptomatic renal or ureteric stones? What are the effects of interventions for the management of acute renal colic?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0315/p441.html

Diabetic Ketoacidosis: Evaluation and Treatment - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2013 - Diabetic ketoacidosis is characterized by a serum glucose level greater than 250 mg per dL, a pH less than 7.3, a serum bicarbonate level less than 18 mEq per L, an elevated serum ketone level, and dehydration. Insulin deficiency is the main precipitating factor. Diabetic ketoacidosis ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0301/p337.html

Caring for Older Patients Who Have Significant Hearing Loss - Curbside Consultation - ...

Mar 1, 2013 - This scenario illustrates issues related to end-of-life care and placement in a long-term care facility for older individuals with significant hearing loss. An analysis of data from the 1999 to 2006 cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and statistics from the ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0301/p360.html

Analgesics for Osteoarthritis - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews - ...

Mar 1, 2013 - What are the comparative effectiveness, benefits, and adverse effects of oral and topical analgesics for osteoarthritis?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0301/p354.html

Physical Training for Patients with Asthma - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family ...

Mar 1, 2013 - Physical training lasting for at least 20 to 30 minutes, two to three times a week for at least six weeks, improves physical fitness in patients with asthma. Physical training is not associated with worsening of asthma symptoms, and it improves health-related quality of life.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0301/p313.html

Pharmacologic Therapy for Vitamin D Deficiency - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American ...

Feb 15, 2013 - Cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) supplementation should be used for vitamin D repletion because it may be more effective in preventing nonvertebral fractures.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0215/od2.html

AASM Updates Treatment Guidelines for Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement...

Feb 15, 2013 - The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) last published recommendations on the treatment of restless legs syndrome (RLS) and periodic limb movement disorder in 2004. It recently updated these recommendations based on a literature review and meta-analysis.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0215/p290.html

Primary Insomnia in Older Persons - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2013 - What are the effects of nondrug and drug treatments for primary insomnia in older persons (those 60 years and older)?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0215/p280.html

Fidaxomicin (Dificid) for Clostridium difficile Infection - STEPS - American Family ...

Feb 1, 2013 - Fidaxomicin is effective for the treatment of C. difficile infection, but it is much more expensive than traditional therapy. Until it is known that the benefits outweigh the significant cost, metronidazole or oral vancomycin is the preferred treatment for most patients.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0201/p211.html

Generalized Anxiety Disorder - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2013 - What are the effects of treatments for generalized anxiety disorder in adults and children and adolescents?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0115/p122.html

ACP Updates Guideline on Oral Pharmacologic Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - ...

Jan 15, 2013 - The American College of Physicians (ACP) has published an updated guideline on the oral pharmacologic management of type 2 diabetes. Recommendations are based on a systematic evidence review of head-to-head comparisons of oral pharmacologic treatments for type 2 diabetes, and an ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0115/p140.html

Caffeine as an Analgesic Adjuvant for Acute Pain in Adults - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Jan 1, 2013 - Overall, there appears to be a small but clinically significant benefit to adding caffeine to analgesic therapy for various types of acute pain. More research is needed to determine the optimal dosing.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0101/p11.html

Cutaneous Cryosurgery - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2012 - Cutaneous cryosurgery refers to localized application of freezing temperatures to achieve destruction of skin lesions. It can be used to treat a broad range of benign and premalignant skin conditions, and certain malignant skin conditions, with high cure rates. Cellular destruction is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1215/p1118.html

Linagliptin (Tradjenta) for the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus - STEPS - American ...

Dec 15, 2012 - Linagliptin reduces A1C levels to a lesser extent than first-line therapy (metformin) and is significantly more expensive than metformin and sulfonylureas. Importantly, its ability to affect diabetes-related morbidity and mortality is not known.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1215/p1144.html

Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine - Dec 15, 2012 - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2012 - Yes: This Should Be the Target for Most Patients

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1215/od1.html

Should the Target A1C Level Be Less Than 7 Percent? No: The Case for Modest Glycemic ...

Dec 15, 2012 - No: The Case for Modest Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1215/od2.html

Depression in Children and Adolescents - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family ...

Dec 15, 2012 - What are the effects of pharmacological and psychological treatments for depression in children and adolescents? What are the effects of combination and complementary treatments for depression in children and adolescents? What are the effects of treatments for refractory depression in ...

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1215/p1138.html

Subacute to Chronic Mild Traumatic Brain Injury - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2012 - Although a universally accepted definition is lacking, mild traumatic brain injury and concussion are classified by transient loss of consciousness, amnesia, altered mental status, a Glasgow Coma Score of 13 to 15, and focal neurologic deficits following an acute closed head injury. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1201/p1045.html

Dietary Management of Epilepsy - Editorials - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2012 - The safety and effectiveness of the ketogenic diet for the treatment of epilepsy have been known for decades. However, successful implementation of the diet requires an essential commitment by the patient and his or her family. Compliance with the ketogenic diet involves adjustments and...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1201/p1000.html

Insulin for Glycemic Control in Acute Ischemic Stroke - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Dec 1, 2012 - Administering insulin to maintain glycemic control does not improve the rates of mortality or dependency, or the final neurologic outcome after an acute ischemic stroke. Additionally, in randomized controlled trials, patients in the intervention groups (those under tight glycemic ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1201/p1008.html

The Effects of Combination Contraceptives on Weight - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Dec 1, 2012 - Compared with placebo or no intervention, the use of combination contraceptives was not associated with weight gain. Most studies comparing different types of combination contraceptives showed no statistically significant effects on weight.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1201/p1009.html

Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults: Recommendation Statement - U.S. ...

Nov 15, 2012 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening all adults for obesity. Clinicians should offer or refer patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg per m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral interventions.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1115/od3.html

Updated Guidelines from AASM for the Treatment of Central Sleep Apnea Syndromes - ...

Nov 15, 2012 - The updated guidelines on central sleep apnea from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) includes levels of recommendations (standard or option) based on the overall quality of evidence (high, moderate, low, or very low). Central sleep apnea syndromes are characterized by ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1115/p968.html

Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults - Putting Prevention into Practice - ...

Nov 15, 2012 - Case study: A 40-year-old woman presents to your office for a routine well-woman examination. She has no significant medical history. She recently participated in a health fair at work and underwent free lipid and glucose screening; both levels were within normal limits.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1115/p947.html

Influenza - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2012 - What are the effects of vaccines to prevent influenza?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1115/p958.html

Antibiotic Use in Acute Upper Respiratory Tract Infections - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2012 - Upper respiratory tract infections account for millions of visits to family physicians each year in the United States. Although warranted in some cases, antibiotics are greatly overused. This article outlines the guidelines and indications for appropriate antibiotic use for common upper...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1101/p817.html

Oral Antihistamine/Decongestant/Analgesic Combinations for the Common Cold - Cochrane ...

Nov 1, 2012 - Combination cold medications, including antihistamine/decongestant/analgesic, antihistamine/decongestant, antihistamine/analgesic, and analgesic/decongestant formulations, provide modest symptom relief in adults and older children, but are not effective in young children. Only the ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1101/p812.html

Appropriate Antibiotic Use: Family Physicians Have the Power of the Pen - Editorials - ...

Nov 1, 2012 - Visits for acute URIs account for more than one-half of all antibiotic prescriptions for outpatients, and these infections lead to more unnecessary and inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions than any other infectious syndrome.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1101/p810.html

Update on the Management of Chronic Kidney Disease - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2012 - Chronic kidney disease is common and associated with significant morbidity. Given the high risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease, it is important to identify and treat related risk factors. However, there is growing uncertainty about the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1015/p749.html

Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) for Prevention of Thromboembolic Events - STEPS - American Family...

Oct 15, 2012 - In patients at high risk of stroke because of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, rivaroxaban is as safe and effective as warfarin. However, it should not be used in patients at risk of stroke for reasons other than nonvalvular atrial fibrillation until research shows its relative safety ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1015/p768.html

Chronic Atrial Fibrillation - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2012 - What are the effects of oral medical treatments to control heart rate in patients with chronic (longer than one week) nonvalvular atrial fibrillation? What is the effect of different treatment strategies for patients with persistent nonvalvular atrial fibrillation?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1015/p757.html

The Physician's Role in Managing Acute Stress Disorder - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2012 - Acute stress disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis that may occur in patients within four weeks of a traumatic event. Features include anxiety, intense fear or helplessness, dissociative symptoms, reexperiencing the event, and avoidance behaviors. Persons with this disorder are at ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1001/p643.html

Managing Chronic Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health ...

Oct 1, 2012 - What are the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of therapies used to address symptoms and prevent adverse long-term outcomes in adults with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1001/p617.html

Opioid Abuse and Pain Management - Editorials - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2012 - Chronic nonmalignant pain affects a significant number of Americans. Concurrent with the increased need for pain management is a considerable increase in the use of prescription pain relievers for nonmedical purposes. Nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers is now the second most ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1001/p600.html

Are Neuraminidase Inhibitors Effective for Preventing and Treating Influenza in Healthy...

Oct 1, 2012 - Treating previously healthy patients with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) reduces the duration of influenza symptoms by approximately 21 hours, but it does not reduce the risk of hospitalization in this population.1 The data are insufficient to determine whether oseltamivir reduces the ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1001/p624.html

Pediculosis and Scabies: A Treatment Update - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2012 - Pediculosis and scabies are caused by ectoparasites. Pruritus is the most common presenting symptom. Head and pubic lice infestations are diagnosed by visualization of live lice. Finding nits (louse egg shells) alone indicates a historical infestation. A no nit policy for schools and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p535.html

Transient Ischemic Attack: Part II. Risk Factor Modification and Treatment - American ...

Sep 15, 2012 - Interventions following a transient ischemic attack are aimed at preventing a future episode or stroke. Hypertension, current smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes mellitus, and dyslipidemia are all well-known risk factors, and controlling these factors can have dramatic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p527.html

Opioid Dependence - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2012 - What are the effects of drug treatments for stabilization (maintenance), withdrawal, and relapse prevention in persons with opioid dependence?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p565.html

Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Depression - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2012 - Major depressive disorder in children and adolescents is a common condition that affects physical, emotional, and social development. Risk factors include a family history of depression, parental conflict, poor peer relationships, deficits in coping skills, and negative thinking. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0901/p442.html

Amphetamines for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults - Cochrane for ...

Sep 1, 2012 - Amphetamines improve ADHD symptom severity but, when compared with placebo, they are associated with increased discontinuation rates because of adverse effects. There does not appear to be a difference among dosages or between the immediate- and sustained-release formulations.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0901/p413.html

Weight Loss for Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease - Cochrane for ...

Sep 1, 2012 - There are insufficient high-quality studies to determine patient-oriented outcomes of weight loss for the treatment of fatty liver disease. Nonetheless, weight loss remains a reasonable goal because it may reduce liver inflammation and improve comorbidities. In two of the studies ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0901/p415.html

Ulipristal (Ella) for Emergency Contraception - STEPS - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2012 - Ulipristal is a prescription-only emergency contraceptive. It is at least as effective as levonorgestrel when administered within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse, and is more effective than levonorgestrel in the 72- to 120-hour window.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0815/p365.html

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Male Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms - Clinical Evidence ...

Aug 15, 2012 - What are the effects of medical, herbal, and surgical treatments in men with BPH?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0815/p359.html

CDC Recommends New Treatment Regimen for Latent Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection - ...

Aug 15, 2012 - Tuberculosis is a contagious and potentially fatal disease transmitted by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued recommendations for the treatment of latent M. tuberculosis infection. The new regimen consists of isoniazid and ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0815/p370.html

Managing Grief and Depression at the End of Life - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2012 - Psychological distress is common in terminally ill persons and can be a source of great suffering. Grief is an adaptive, universal, and highly personalized response to the multiple losses that occur at the end of life. This response may be intense early on after a loss manifesting ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0801/p259.html

Rational Use of Opioids for Management of Chronic Nonterminal Pain - American Family ...

Aug 1, 2012 - Opioid prescribing for chronic nonterminal pain has increased in recent years, although evidence for its long-term effectiveness is weak and its potential for harm is significant. Nonmedical use of prescription opioids, diversion, and overdose deaths have also increased sharply, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0801/p252.html

AAN Updates Guideline on Treatment of Essential Tremor - Practice Guidelines - American...

Aug 1, 2012 - Propranolol and primidone (Mysoline) are the most commonly used therapies for essential tremor, but these agents are ineffective for up to one-half of patients. In 2005, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) published recommendations for the use of other therapies for essential tremor.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0801/p292.html

Epidural Analgesia for Labor Pain - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2012 - Compared with other types of analgesia or no analgesia, epidurals offered better pain relief, but were associated with a longer second stage of labor and increased risk of instrumental vaginal delivery, maternal fever, and oxytocin (Pitocin) administration. There were no statistically ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0801/p241.html

Treatment of the Common Cold in Children and Adults - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2012 - The common cold, or upper respiratory tract infection, is one of the leading reasons for physician visits. Generally caused by viruses, the common cold is treated symptomatically. Antibiotics are not effective in children or adults. In children, there is a potential for harm and no ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0715/p153.html

PIDS and IDSA Issue Management Guidelines for Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Infants ...

Jul 15, 2012 - Previously published guidelines for the management of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in adults have been shown to decrease morbidity and mortality rates. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) have created new ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0715/p196.html

Heart Failure - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2012 - What are the effects of multidisciplinary interventions, exercise, and drug treatments for heart failure?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0715/p182.html

The "ARB-MI Paradox": Real or a Fluke? - AFP Journal Club - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2012 - The Journal Club authors discuss what factors make this meta-analysis, designed to determine whether the ARB-MI paradox is real or a statistical fluke, successful.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0715/p136.html

Reducing Adverse Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2012 - Proton pump inhibitors effectively treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, erosive esophagitis, duodenal ulcers, and pathologic hypersecretory conditions. Proton pump inhibitors cause few adverse effects with short-term use; however, long-term use has been scrutinized for ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0701/p66.html

Adding ACE Inhibitors or ARBs to Standard Therapy for Stable Ischemic Heart Disease - ...

Jul 1, 2012 - Are there clinical advantages to augmenting standard therapy for stable ischemic heart disease with an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB)?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0701/p21.html

Bisphosphonate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw in Patients with Osteoporosis - ...

Jun 15, 2012 - In 2007, more than 5.4 million patients in the United States were taking oral bisphosphonates. However, bisphosphonates are under scrutiny because of the risk of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1134.html

Advantages of the No-Scalpel Vasectomy Technique - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American...

Jun 15, 2012 - NSV should be used instead of the standard incisional method.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/od1.html

Dutasteride/Tamsulosin (Jalyn) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia - STEPS - American ...

Jun 15, 2012 - Jalyn offers the convenience of taking one medication instead of two. Although monotherapy with dutasteride or tamsulosin is beneficial for many men, the combination drug is slightly better than either component alone at decreasing symptom scores; however, these benefits are of ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1194.html

Cervical Cancer - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2012 - What are the effects of interventions to prevent cervical cancer? What are the effects of interventions to manage early-stage cervical cancer? What are the effects of additional interventions to manage bulky early-stage cervical cancer?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1186.html

ACCF/AHA Update Peripheral Artery Disease Management Guideline - Practice Guidelines - ...

May 15, 2012 - The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and American Heart Association (AHA) have updated their 2005 guideline on the management of peripheral artery disease (PAD) based on new data, with particular focus on lower extremity and abdominal aortic disease. Recommendations for ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0515/p1000.html

Managing Adverse Birth Outcomes: Helping Parents and Families Cope - American Family ...

May 1, 2012 - Unexpected adverse fetal and neonatal outcomes (e.g., stillbirth, birth trauma, congenital anomalies) present a crisis for the family and the medical care team. In cases of stillbirth, the family physician should be flexible in supporting the parents’ choices, validate the loss, and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0501/p900.html

Tapentadol (Nucynta) for Treatment of Pain - STEPS - American Family Physician

May 1, 2012 - Tapentadol is a DEA schedule II opioid medication with a safety profile, duration of action, frequency of dosing, and analgesic effect similar to those of other oral narcotics, although it is more expensive. At low doses, immediate-release tapentadol is better tolerated than oxycodone ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0501/p910.html

Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Not Using Insulin - ...

May 1, 2012 - For patients who have had diabetes longer than one year and are not using insulin, evidence suggests that the benefit of self-monitoring of blood glucose in lowering A1C levels is small at six months and disappears by 12 months. Self-monitoring of blood glucose does not improve ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0501/p866.html

Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders - Implementing AHRQ Effective ...

May 1, 2012 - What are the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of therapies used to address core and associated symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in children two to 12 years of age?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0501/p878.html

New Feature to Help Physicians Implement AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews - ...

May 1, 2012 - To more effectively disseminate the results of comparative effectiveness research into practice, AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program produces concise summaries of its reviews for patients, policy makers, and physicians. AFP has partnered with AHRQ to introduce a new journal feature, ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0501/p863.html

Neonatal Jaundice - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2012 - What are the effects of treatments for unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia in term and preterm infants?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0415/p824.html

NICE Updates Guidelines on Management of Chronic Heart Failure - Practice Guidelines - ...

Apr 15, 2012 - Heart failure is associated with poor prognosis and quality of life, as well as high health care costs. In 2010, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) updated its previous guideline on the management of chronic heart failure in adults. This update focuses on ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0415/p832.html

Is Spinal Manipulation an Effective Treatment for Low Back Pain? Yes: Evidence Shows ...

Apr 15, 2012 - Yes: Evidence Shows Benefit in Most Patients. The goal of manipulation is to restore maximal, pain-free movement of the musculoskeletal system in postural balance. In the past decade, there has been a significant growth in evidence supporting the benefits of manipulation.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0415/p756.html

Is Spinal Manipulation an Effective Treatment for Low Back Pain? No: Evidence Shows No ...

Apr 15, 2012 - No: Evidence Shows No Clinically Significant Benefit Over Watchful Waiting. The pain often improves greatly within one month, with more than 90 percent of patients no longer needing medical care within three months.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0415/p763.html

Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Atopic Dermatitis - FPIN's Clinical ...

Apr 15, 2012 - Evening primrose oil may be effective for the treatment of atopic dermatitis.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0415/p817.html

Is Spinal Manipulation an Effective Treatment for Low Back Pain? Yes: Spinal ...

Apr 15, 2012 - Yes: Spinal Manipulation Is a Useful Adjunct Therapy. Spinal manipulation is one of many potential treatment options that have been used by many different types of clinicians for more than a century. Only in the past 50 years have research studies evaluated the benefits of spinal ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0415/p760.html

Gynecomastia - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2012 - Gynecomastia is defined as benign proliferation of glandular breast tissue in men. Physiologic gynecomastia is common in newborns, adolescents, and older men. It is self-limited, but can be treated to minimize emotional distress and physical discomfort. Nonphysiologic gynecomastia may ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0401/p716.html

End-Stage Renal Disease: Symptom Management and Advance Care Planning - American Family...

Apr 1, 2012 - The prevalence of end-stage renal disease continues to increase, and dialysis is offered to older and more medically complex patients. Pain is problematic in up to one-half of patients receiving dialysis and may result from renal and nonrenal etiologies. Opioids can be prescribed ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0401/p705.html

Integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into Management of Depression - Editorials - ...

Apr 1, 2012 - Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-established, scientifically proven treatment for patients with depression. For family physicians to take full advantage of this treatment, they must be able to understand the nature and application of CBT; access professional resources that ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0401/p686.html

Promoting Smoking Cessation - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2012 - Cigarette smoking causes significant morbidity and mortality in the United States. Physicians can use the five A’s framework (ask, advise, assess, assist, arrange) to promote smoking cessation. All patients should be asked about tobacco use and assessed for motivation to quit at every ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0315/p591.html

Medications for Weight Loss in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - FPIN's Clinical...

Mar 15, 2012 - Fluoxetine (Prozac) and orlistat (Xenical) produce modest short-term weight loss, but their long-term benefits are unclear and their safety is uncertain.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0315/p633.html

Gonorrhea - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2012 - What are the effects of treatments for uncomplicated infections in men, nonpregnant, and pregnant women? What are the effects of treatments for disseminated gonococcal infection? What are the effects of dual treatment for gonorrhea and chlamydia infections?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0315/p642.html

Rivaroxaban vs. Warfarin for Stroke Prevention in Patients with Nonvalvular Atrial ...

Mar 15, 2012 - How does rivaroxaban compare with warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation? This study concluded that rivaroxaban is noninferior to warfarin. However, noninferiority trials do not meet the same rigorous design and statistical format of traditional ...

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0315/p577.html

Labor Analgesia - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2012 - Regional analgesia has become the most common method of pain relief used during labor in the United States. Epidural and spinal analgesia are two types of regional analgesia. With epidural analgesia, an indwelling catheter is directed into the epidural space, and the patient receives a ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0301/p447.html

AAP Reports on the Use of Antipyretics for Fever in Children - Practice Guidelines - ...

Mar 1, 2012 - In this report, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reviews the effectiveness of antipyretics for the treatment of fever in children. Fever in children often leads to unscheduled physician visits, telephone calls from parents to physicians for consultation, and the treatment of ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0301/p518.html

Antiretroviral Therapy to Prevent Transmission in HIV-Discordant Couples - Cochrane for...

Mar 1, 2012 - Rates of HIV transmission are at least three times lower in HIV-discordant couples in which the partner with infection is receiving antiretroviral therapy, compared with HIV-discordant couples in which the partner with infection is not receiving therapy. Among HIV-discordant couples in ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0301/p445.html

Treatment of HSV Infection in Late Pregnancy - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American ...

Feb 15, 2012 - Pregnant women with a primary or recurrent episode of genital HSV infection who are later than 36 weeks of gestation should be treated with acyclovir (Zovirax) or valacyclovir (Valtrex) for viral suppression.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0215/p390.html

Dysmenorrhea - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2012 - What are the effects of treatments for primary dysmenorrhea?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0215/p386.html

Denosumab (Prolia) for Treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis - STEPS - American ...

Feb 15, 2012 - Prolia is an expensive method of preventing osteoporotic hip fractures, and is associated with significant adverse effects. Safer, less expensive options exist for preventing fracture in high-risk women.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0215/p334.html

Guidelines for the Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives - Practice Guidelines -...

Feb 15, 2012 - The use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) has increased from 1.3 to 5.5 percent over the past decade. There are three LARCs available in the United States: the etonogestrel single-rod implant and two types of intrauterine devices (IUDs; copper T380A and levonorgestrel ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0215/p403.html

The Importance of Physicians Identifying and Reporting Adverse Drug Events - Editorials...

Feb 15, 2012 - By identifying and reporting adverse drug events, conscientious physicians may influence drug labeling or alerts that impact prescribing practices and help protect the public's health.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0215/p318.html

Steroids for the Treatment of Otitis Media with Effusion in Children - Cochrane for ...

Feb 1, 2012 - Oral steroid use, alone or in combination with antibiotics, speeds the resolution of otitis media with effusion. However, there is no evidence that oral steroids improve symptoms or affect long-term outcomes, such as hearing loss. Topical nasal steroids have no effect on otitis media ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0201/p235.html

Human Parathyroid Hormone for Treating Osteoporosis - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Feb 1, 2012 - Human parathyroid hormone should be used in patients with severe osteoporosis to decrease the rate of vertebral and nonvertebral fractures.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0201/od1.html

Exercise for Treatment of the Vasomotor Symptoms of Menopause - Cochrane for Clinicians...

Feb 1, 2012 - Although menopausal women who exercise are less likely to report vasomotor symptoms than those who do not, there is insufficient evidence that counseling women to exercise is more effective than no treatment or hormone therapy for vasomotor symptoms of menopause.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0201/p237.html

Thromboembolism - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2012 - What are the effects of treatments for proximal and isolated calf DVT? What are the effects of treatments for pulmonary embolism? What are the effects of interventions on oral anticoagulation management in persons with thromboembolism?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0115/p188.html

Antibiotics for Acute Otitis Media in Young Children: The Case of the Shifting End ...

Jan 15, 2012 - A discussion of why the conclusion of a high-profile study, which suggests that antibiotics are beneficial in children six to 23 months of age with acute otitis media, is incorrect.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0115/p104.html

Antidepressants for Agitation and Psychosis in Patients with Dementia - Cochrane for ...

Jan 1, 2012 - There are few high-quality studies examining the effectiveness of antidepressants for treating the neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia. Although there is some evidence to support the use of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) sertraline (Zoloft) and citalopram ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0101/p20.html

Subacute Management of Ischemic Stroke - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2011 - Ischemic stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a common reason for hospitalization. The subacute period after a stroke refers to the time when the decision to not employ thrombolytics is made up until two weeks after the stroke occurred. Family physicians ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1215/p1383.html

CDC Updates Recommendations for Contraceptive Use in the Postpartum Period - Practice ...

Dec 15, 2011 - Initiating appropriate contraception in the postpartum period is important to avoid negative outcomes related to short birth intervals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reevaluated the safety of contraceptive use in the postpartum period.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1215/p1422.html

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