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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

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

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

Common Cold - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2011 - What are the effects of treatments for common cold?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1215/p1390.html

Treatment and Prevention of Kidney Stones: An Update - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2011 - Kidney stones are associated with chronic kidney disease. Preventing recurrence is largely specific to the type of stone (e.g., calcium oxalate, calcium phosphate, cystine, struvite [magnesium ammonium phosphate]), and uric acid stones); however, even when the stone cannot be retrieved,...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1201/p1234.html

Management of Falls in Older Persons: A Prescription for Prevention - American Family ...

Dec 1, 2011 - Although falls are a common cause of injury in older persons, they are not just a normal part of the aging process. The American Geriatrics Society and British Geriatrics Society recommend that all adults older than 65 years be screened annually for a history of falls or balance ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1201/p1267.html

Prolotherapy for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain - Editorials - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2011 - Prolotherapy is an injection-based complementary therapy for common chronic musculoskeletal conditions including tendinopathy, knee osteoarthritis, and low back pain. It involves the injection of irritant solutions into tender ligamentous and tendinous attachments and adjacent joint ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1201/p1208.html

Updated Guidelines on Management of Atrial Fibrillation from the ACCF/AHA/HRS - ...

Dec 1, 2011 - The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) have released updated guidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation. Since the previous guidelines were issued in 2006, new data have become available on...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1201/p1298.html

Management of Constipation in Patients Receiving Palliative Care - Cochrane for ...

Dec 1, 2011 - There is insufficient evidence to recommend one laxative over another for the treatment of constipation in patients receiving palliative care. Methylnaltrexone can increase the frequency of bowel movements at four hours (odds ratio = 7.0; 95% confidence interval, 3.8 to 12.6) and at 24 ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1201/p1227.html

Treatment of Nongenital Warts - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2011 - Topical salicylic acid, cryotherapy, and topical fluorouracil are effective for treating nongenital warts.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1201/p1290.html

Anaphylaxis: Recognition and Management - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2011 - Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening, systemic allergic reaction that is almost always unanticipated and may lead to death by airway obstruction or vascular collapse. Anaphylaxis occurs as the result of an allergen response, usually immunoglobulin E–mediated, which leads to mast ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1115/p1111.html

Colonic Diverticular Disease - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2011 - What are the effects of treatments for uncomplicated diverticular disease and what treatments prevent complications? What are the effects of treatments for acute diverticulitis?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1115/p1163.html

Ginger for the Treatment of Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy - FPIN's Clinical ...

Nov 15, 2011 - Ginger can be safely used to reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1115/od1.html

Antibiotics for Acute Otitis Media in Young Children - AFP Journal Club - American ...

Nov 15, 2011 - Two studies aim to clarify the appropriate use of antibiotic treatment in young children with acute otitis media.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1115/p1095.html

Antidepressants for the Treatment of Insomnia in Patients with Depression - FPIN's ...

Nov 1, 2011 - There is no single antidepressant or class of antidepressants that is most effective for the treatment of insomnia in patients with depression. The use of antidepressant medications can have a positive impact on sleep physiology, but does not seem to improve subjective ratings of sleep ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1101/od1.html

Cognitive Interventions for Improving Cognitive Function - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Nov 1, 2011 - Compared with no treatment, cognitive interventions improved cognitive performance in healthy older adults and older adults with mild cognitive impairments. However, there is inadequate evidence to determine which aspects of these interventions are effective.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1101/p992.html

Opioid Antagonists for the Treatment of Alcohol Dependence - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Nov 1, 2011 - Although it does not improve overall alcohol abstinence rates, the oral formulation of the opioid antagonist naltrexone (Revia) is moderately effective in decreasing the amount and frequency of alcohol consumption in patients with alcohol dependence.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1101/p990.html

ACP Releases Guideline on Intensive Insulin Therapy in Hospitalized Patients - Practice...

Nov 1, 2011 - The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued a clinical guideline on the use of intensive insulin therapy in hospitalized patients with or without diabetes mellitus to achieve glycemic control and improve health outcomes.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1101/p1058.html

Tranexemic Acid (Lysteda) for Cyclic Heavy Menstrual Bleeding - STEPS - American Family...

Oct 15, 2011 - Tranexamic acid is a nonhormonal option that reduces menstrual blood loss and improves quality of life in patients with heavy menstrual bleeding. It is more expensive than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and hormonal therapies, but is an option when these treatments are not desired...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1015/p883.html

Managing Intoeing in Children - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2011 - Intoeing can be accurately diagnosed using a history, physical examination, and torsional profile.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1015/p937.html

Bell Palsy - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2011 - What are the effects of drug, surgical and physical treatments for Bell palsy in adults and children?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1015/p947.html

Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Uncomplicated Cystitis - American Family Physician

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

American Family Physician : Article

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

Treatment of Adult Obesity with Bariatric Surgery - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2011 - Bariatric surgery procedures, including laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, result in an average weight loss of 50 percent of excess body weight. Remission of diabetes mellitus occurs in approximately 80 percent of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1001/p805.html

Nicotine Receptor Partial Agonists for Smoking Cessation - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Oct 1, 2011 - Compared with placebo, varenicline more than doubles the chances of successful long-term smoking abstinence. In head-to-head trials, varenicline appears to be at least as effective as nicotine replacement therapy and bupropion (Zyban). The most common adverse effect is nausea, which ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1001/p769.html

Postherpetic Neuralgia - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2011 - What are the effects of interventions aimed at preventing herpes zoster and subsequent postherpetic neuralgia? What are the effects of interventions during an acute attack of herpes zoster aimed at preventing postherpetic neuralgia? What are the effects of interventions to relieve ...

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0915/p690.html

Effective Therapies for Intermittent Claudication - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Sep 15, 2011 - Supervised exercise programs are recommended to produce clinically significant improvements in walking distance in patients with stable intermittent claudication.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0915/p699.html

Pharmacologic Treatment of Hyperlipidemia - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2011 - Pharmacologic treatment of hyperlipidemia in conjunction with therapeutic lifestyle changes can be used for both primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Statins have the most convincing data for primary prevention, especially for higher risk patients. Therefore, risk...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0901/p551.html

AAO-HNS Guidelines for Tonsillectomy in Children and Adolescents - Practice Guidelines ...

Sep 1, 2011 - Although tonsillectomy is common and improves patients' quality of life, there are possible risks and practice variations in the care of patients undergoing tonsillectomy. Recent guidelines from the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO–HNS) aim to provide ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0901/p566.html

Exercise for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Sep 1, 2011 - Regular exercise reduces osteoarthritic knee pain and improves functioning.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0901/od1.html

GERD Treatment for Chronic Nonspecific Cough in Children and Adults - Cochrane for ...

Sep 1, 2011 - Acid suppressants or prokinetic agents should not be used to treat chronic nonspecific cough in infants or children. There is insufficient evidence to support or discourage use of these agents to treat chronic non-specific cough in adults, even in those with a history of GERD.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0901/p502.html

Treatment Options for Localized Prostate Cancer - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2011 - In the United States, more than 90 percent of prostate cancers are detected by serum prostate-specific antigen testing. Most patients are found to have localized prostate cancer, and most of these patients undergo surgery or radiotherapy. However, many patients have low-risk cancer and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p413.html

IDSA Guidelines on the Treatment of MRSA Infections in Adults and Children - Practice ...

Aug 15, 2011 - The prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the United States continues to increase, with more than 94,000 cases of invasive disease reported in 2005. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released its first evidence-based guidelines on the ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p455.html

Doxepin (Silenor) for Insomnia - STEPS - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2011 - In older patients with primary insomnia, Silenor can increase duration of sleep without next-day effects. However, it does not significantly decrease the time to sleep onset, and it is less effective in younger adults.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p453.html

Low Back Pain (Chronic) - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2011 - What are the effects of oral drug treatments, injection therapy, and nondrug treatments for persons with chronic low back pain? What are the effects of nonsurgical and surgical treatments?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p437.html

Treatment of Nongenital Cutaneous Warts - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2011 - Numerous treatments for nongenital cutaneous warts are available, although no single therapy has been established as completely curative. Watchful waiting is an option for new warts because many resolve spontaneously. However, patients often request treatment because of social stigma or...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0801/p288.html

Insulin Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2011 - Insulin therapy is recommended for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and an initial A1C level greater than 9 percent, or if diabetes is uncontrolled despite optimal oral glycemic therapy. Insulin therapy may be initiated as augmentation, starting at 0.3 unit per kg, or as ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0715/p183.html

Community-Acquired Pneumonia - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2011 - What are the effects of interventions to prevent community-acquired pneumonia? What are the effects of treatments for community-acquired pneumonia in outpatient settings and in persons admitted to a hospital or receiving instensive care?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0715/p218.html

Let Quitlines Assist You in Helping More Smokers Quit - Editorials - American Family ...

Jul 15, 2011 - Despite significant advances in pharmacotherapy and counseling techniques, tobacco use remains the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 443,000 premature deaths annually. Family physicians are in an ideal position to influence cessation rates because more than 70 ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0715/p162.html

Management of Acute Asthma Exacerbations - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2011 - Asthma exacerbations can be classified as mild, moderate, severe, or life threatening. Criteria for exacerbation severity are based on symptoms and physical examination parameters, as well as lung function and oxygen saturation. In patients with a peak expiratory flow of 50 to 79 ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0701/p40.html

Office Management of Early Pregnancy Loss - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2011 - The management of early pregnancy loss used to be based largely in the hospital setting, but it has shifted to the outpatient setting, allowing women to remain under the care of their family physician throughout the miscarriage process. Up to 15 percent of recognized pregnancies end in ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0701/p75.html

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

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

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

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

Probiotics for Persistent Diarrhea in Children - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Jul 1, 2011 - Limited data suggest that probiotic use decreases duration and frequency of loose stools, and reduces length of hospital stay in children with persistent diarrhea. One high-quality study showed Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG to be effective. Probiotics are generally well tolerated.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0701/p25.html

Hormone Therapy for Postmenopausal Women with Urinary Incontinence - FPIN's Clinical ...

Jul 1, 2011 - Postmenopausal women should not receive oral hormone therapy for treatment of urinary incontinence.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0701/od1.html

Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia: Prevention and Management - American Family ...

Jun 15, 2011 - Herpes zoster (shingles) is diagnosed clinically by recognition of the distinctive, painful vesicular rash appearing in a unilateral, dermatomal distribution. An estimated 1 million cases occur in the United States each year, and increasing age is the primary risk factor. Laboratory ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0615/p1432.html

Treatment of Alzheimer Disease - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2011 - Alzheimer disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting more than one-third of Americans older than 85 years. It is characterized by progressive memory loss and cognitive decline. Amyloid plaque accumulation, neurofibrillary tau tangles, and depletion of acetylcholine are among...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0615/p1403.html

Common Adverse Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV Disease - American Family ...

Jun 15, 2011 - Family physicians are treating patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus in their practices more often. Long-term complications of this disease are multifactorial and can be related to the virus itself or to adverse effects of antiretroviral therapy. Each drug class has side ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0615/p1443.html

Treatment of Recurrent Vulvovaginal Candidiasis - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American ...

Jun 15, 2011 - A six-month treatment regimen with an antifungal agent decreases the recurrence of vulvovaginal candidiasis.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0615/p1482.html

Adapelene/Benzoyl Peroxide (Epiduo) for Acne Vulgaris - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2011 - Adapalene/benzoyl peroxide is as effective as other combination products for the treatment of acne. Once-daily application is an advantage in terms of simplicity and adherence to therapy, but the cost is much higher than that of the individual components sold separately; this may create...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0615/p1486.html

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

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

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

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

Magnesium Sulfate and Other Anticonvulsants for Women with Preeclampsia - Cochrane for ...

Jun 1, 2011 - Magnesium sulfate should be considered first-line treatment to prevent eclamptic seizures during labor.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0601/p1269.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

APA Releases Guidelines on Treatment of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder - ...

May 15, 2011 - The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently updated its guideline on the treatment of major depressive disorder. The new evidence-based guideline summarizes recommendations on the use of antidepressants and other drug therapies; psychotherapy, including cognitive behavior ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0515/p1219.html

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family ...

May 15, 2011 - There are no studies that have shown any antidepressant to be absolutely safe for use during any stage of pregnancy. The use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) during pregnancy does not increase the risk of congenital malformations or ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0515/p1211.html

Effectiveness of Bronchodilators for Bronchiolitis Treatment - Cochrane for Clinicians ...

May 1, 2011 - Bronchodilators may transiently improve the clinical status of infants with bronchiolitis and no prior history of wheezing. However, moderately strong evidence shows that key outcomes such as oxygen saturation, need for hospitalization, length of hospitalization, and duration of ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0501/p1045.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

Constipation in Adults - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2011 - What are the effects of nondrug interventions, fiber supplements, and paraffin in adults with idiopathic chronic constipation? What are the effects of stimulant and osmotic laxatives? What are the effects of prostaglandin derivatives and 5-hydroxytryptamine 4 receptor agonists in ...

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0415/p904.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

Appetite Suppressants as Adjuncts for Weight Loss - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Apr 1, 2011 - Phentermine and diethylpropion are appetite suppressants approved for use in the United States as adjuncts in the treatment of obesity. These agents demonstrate a modest weight loss benefit when combined with dietary modifications and exercise.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0401/od1.html

Diabetic Nephropathy: Preventing Progression - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American ...

Mar 15, 2011 - What are the effects of treatments to prevent progression of nephropathy in persons with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and early and late nephropathy?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0315/p732.html

Donepezil to Manage Alzheimer Disease: New vs. Standard Dosing - AFP Journal Club - ...

Mar 15, 2011 - Does donepezil benefit patients with Alzheimer disease, and is the new dosage superior to the standard dosage? This study showed benefit, but the data are misleading.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0315/p742.html

Antibiotics for Viral Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Children - FPIN's Clinical ...

Mar 15, 2011 - Antibiotic therapy does not benefit children with bronchiolitis, the common cold, or nonstreptococcal pharyngitis. If purulent rhinitis is present for more than 10 days, antibiotics shorten the duration of runny nose symptoms.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0315/p747.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

Stage-Based Interventions for Smoking Cessation - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Mar 1, 2011 - Although providing stage-based smoking cessation interventions for those trying to quit appears to be more effective than not intervening at all, the evidence does not support tailoring interventions to a patient's perceived motivational stage of change.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0301/p524.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

Challenges of Improving Adherence to HIV Therapy - Editorials - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2011 - The availability of effective antiretroviral medications has greatly improved the clinical management of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Current clinical guidelines provide evidence-based approaches that, when used properly, can assist in maximizing efforts to suppress HIV...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0215/p375.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

Clozapine vs. Other Atypical Antipsychotics for Schizophrenia - Cochrane for Clinicians...

Feb 1, 2011 - Although further trials are needed, there is some evidence that clozapine is slightly more effective than risperidone (Risperdal). Fewer participants taking clozapine dropped out of studies because of lack of effectiveness compared with those taking risperidone (number needed to treat =...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0201/p260.html

Should We Treat Moderately Elevated Triglycerides? No: Reducing Moderately Elevated ...

Feb 1, 2011 - Moderately elevated triglyceride levels have not been established as an independent risk factor for CHD. More importantly, the lowering of moderately elevated triglyceride levels with drug therapy has not been shown to decrease the rate of CHD for primary prevention in otherwise healthy...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0201/p246.html

Should We Treat Moderately Elevated Triglycerides? Yes: Treatment of Moderately ...

Feb 1, 2011 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Feb 1, 2011 Issue Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine Should We Treat Moderately Elevated Triglycerides? Yes: Treatment of Moderately Elevated Triglycerides Is Supported by the Evidence RADE N. PEJIC, MD, MMM, Tulane...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0201/p242.html

Stress Fractures: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2011 - Stress fractures are common injuries in athletes and military recruits. These injuries occur more commonly in lower extremities than in upper extremities. Stress fractures should be considered in patients who present with tenderness or edema after a recent increase in activity or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p39.html

ACOG Updates Guideline on Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometriosis - Practice ...

Jan 1, 2011 - Endometriosis is a chronic gynecologic disorder that commonly manifests as chronic pain and infertility. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has updated the guideline on diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p84.html

Short Course of Antibiotics for Acute Otitis Media Treatment - Cochrane for Clinicians ...

Jan 1, 2011 - Antibiotic courses between two and seven days in duration are associated with a slightly higher risk of treatment failure than longer courses (number needed to treat = 33), but also a somewhat lower risk of adverse gastrointestinal effects (number needed to harm = 29). Ceftriaxone ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p37.html

End-stage Renal Disease - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2010 - What are the effects of different doses for peritoneal dialysis? What are the effects of different doses and membrane fluxes for hemodialysis? What are the effects of interventions aimed at preventing secondary complications?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1215/p1512.html

Thiazolidinedione Therapy for Managing Metabolic Syndrome - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries -...

Dec 15, 2010 - There is no patient-oriented evidence supporting the use of TZD therapy in patients in the general population who have metabolic syndrome. Rosiglitazone (Avandia) use decreases cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with metabolic syndrome who are undergoing coronary stenting.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1215/p1553.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

Chest Physiotherapy for Pneumonia in Adults - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family...

Dec 1, 2010 - There is little evidence to support the effectiveness of chest physiotherapy for adults with pneumonia. In two small studies by the same investigator, only osteopathic manipulation was shown to improve some outcomes (i.e., length of stay and duration of antibiotic therapy).

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1201/p1340.html

Caring for Pregnant Women and Newborns with Hepatitis B or C - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2010 - Family physicians encounter diagnostic and treatment issues when caring for pregnant women with hepatitis B or C and their newborns. When hepatitis B virus is perinatally acquired, an infant has approximately a 90 percent chance of becoming a chronic carrier and, when chronically ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1115/p1225.html

Medical Therapy for Asthma: Updates from the NAEPP Guidelines - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2010 - Proper care of patients with asthma involves the triad of systematic chronic care plans, self-management support, and appropriate medical therapy. Controller medications (inhaled corticosteroids, long-acting beta2 agonists, and leukot- riene receptor antagonists) are the foundation of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1115/p1242.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

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

Nov 15, 2010 - Case study: A young married couple visits your office for their initial prenatal visit. They each smoke one pack of cigarettes daily.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1115/p1269.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

Does Metformin Increase the Risk of Fatal or Nonfatal Lactic Acidosis? - Cochrane for ...

Nov 1, 2010 - In patients without standard contraindications to metformin therapy, metformin does not increase the risk of lactic acidosis.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1101/p1068.html

Usefulness of Measuring Antiepileptic Medication Blood Levels in Patients with Epilepsy...

Nov 1, 2010 - When treating a patient for epilepsy, there is not enough evidence to indicate if optimal seizure control is best obtained by routinely measuring medication levels compared with making adjustments based on the clinical picture.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1101/p1070.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

Influenza Management Guide 2010-2011 - Editorials - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2010 - Appropriate and expedited triaging in health care settings will be an important preventive step to minimize exposures and disease spread through the community.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1101/p1054.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

Milnacipran (Savella) for Fibromyalgia - STEPS - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2010 - Milnacipran can decrease the overall pain scores and improve symptoms of fibromyalgia. Safety in patients with severe comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions is unknown because these groups of patients were excluded from the study.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1015/p901.html

ACCP Releases Statement on Dyspnea Treatment in Patients with Advanced Lung or Heart ...

Oct 15, 2010 - The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) wrote a consensus statement to influence clinical practice and provide suggestions regarding the management of dyspnea in patients with advanced lung or heart disease.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1015/p999.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

Monitoring Osteoporosis Treatment: DXA Should Not Be Routinely Repeated - Editorials: ...

Oct 1, 2010 - Unless the physician knows how to adjust therapy based on repeat DXA, monitoring osteoporosis treatment via DXA is unlikely to be clinically necessary or beneficial. Currently, we assume that if the patient has not had a fracture and the BMD significantly increases, then no change in ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1001/p752.html

Bone Density Testing to Monitor Osteoporosis Therapy in Clinical Practice - Editorials:...

Oct 1, 2010 - The bottom line in caring for patients with osteoporosis is that monitoring for treatment effect is appropriate and desirable. A statistically significant BMD loss may lead to further evaluation and possibly a change in treatment. The strategy of monitoring therapy with BMD testing is ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1001/p749.html

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