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ACR Guideline for Managing Patients with Degenerative Joint Disease of the Hand, Knee, ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 15, 2020 - This meta-analysis found no evidence that the monoclonal antibody denosumab reduces the risk of fracture more than bisphosphonates.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0915/p376.html

Denosumab No Better than Bisphosphonates for Preventing Fracture, and the Cost Is Much ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 15, 2020 - This meta-analysis found no evidence that the monoclonal antibody denosumab reduces the risk of fracture more than bisphosphonates.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0915/p375a.html

Similar Long-Term Morbidity and Mortality with Human Insulin and Analogue Insulin - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 15, 2020 - This study found no difference in long-term patient-oriented outcomes between human and analogue insulins in adults with type 2 diabetes.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0915/p375.html

Fecal Microbiota Transplant Effective for Irritable Bowel Syndrome - POEMs - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 15, 2020 - This is the largest and best study to date of fecal microbiota transplant for irritable bowel syndrome —with impressive results.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0915/p377.html

Daily Colchicine Post-MI Reduces Strokes and Recurrent Hospitalizations for Angina - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 15, 2020 - Daily colchicine after MI reduces cardiovascular events, specifically strokes and hospitalizations for angina. It is inexpensive and well-tolerated and should be considered for patients with recent MIs who are already using guideline-directed therapy.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0815/p248.html

Risk of GI Bleeding Highest with Rivaroxaban, Lower with Apixaban, and Lowest with PPI ...

May 15, 2019 - Among patients using oral anticoagulants alone, the risk of hospitalization for upper GI tract bleeding is highest with rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and lowest with apixaban (Eliquis).

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/od4.html

Ibuprofen Plus Acetaminophen Equals Opioid Plus Acetaminophen for Acute Severe ...

Mar 1, 2018 - In adults presenting to the emergency department with acute extremity pain severe enough to warrant radiologic investigation, ibuprofen plus acetaminophen was equally effective in reducing pain intensity at two hours compared with three different opioid and acetaminophen combination ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/p348.html

Small Reduction in Cardiovascular Outcome After Ischemic Stroke with Lower LDL Target, ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 15, 2020 - A lower LDL target slightly reduced the likelihood of a broad composite outcome (number needed to treat [NNT] = 43 over 3.5 years), largely by reducing nonfatal strokes (NNT = 77; statistical significance not reported).

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0815/p247.html

Equivalent Pain Relief with Different Doses of Ibuprofen - POEMs - American Family ... Restricted content. Login required.

May 15, 2020 - Higher doses of ibuprofen for acute pain relief offer no more benefit at 60 minutes than a single 400-mg dose. The same has been shown for chronic treatment of osteoarthritis. A higher, anti-inflammatory dose is not needed.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0515/p631.html

Oseltamivir of Uncertain Benefit in Patients with Flulike Symptoms - POEMs - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 15, 2020 - Although the authors report that compared with usual care oseltamivir shortens the duration of symptoms, the methodologic biases in this study make their conclusions suspect.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0815/p248a.html

Gabapentin and Pregabalin Not Effective for Low Back Pain with or Without Radiculopathy...

Mar 15, 2019 - The use of anticonvulsants like gabapentin (Neurontin) for painful conditions has increased greatly in recent years. This review finds good evidence that these drugs are not an effective treatment for low back pain with or without radiculopathy, and are associated with an increased risk...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0315/od2.html

Misoprostol Alone is Associated with High Rate of Successful First-Trimester Abortion -...

Jul 15, 2019 - Misoprostol alone was associated with a nearly 80% success rate in the first trimester of pregnancy on meta-analysis.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p119.html

Mind-Body Treatments Enhance Opioid Treatment of Patients with Acute or Chronic Pain - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 15, 2020 - Using mindfulness, meditation, hypnosis, therapeutic suggestion, and cognitive behavior therapy, in addition to opioid treatment of acute or chronic pain, provides an additional benefit to patients by reducing pain scores.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0715/p119.html

For Three-Vessel Disease, but Not Left Main Disease, CABG Is Preferred Over PCI - POEMs... Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - For patients with left main disease, PCI with a drug-eluting stent and CABG had similar all-cause mortality rates at 10 years. For those with three-vessel disease, CABG is associated with lower 10-year mortality.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p698.html

No Short-Term Extra Benefit when Muscle Relaxants Are Added to Ibuprofen for Acute Low ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - Adding a muscle relaxant to treatment with ibuprofen does not improve functional outcomes or pain, or lessen the number of people reporting moderate to severe back pain one week after starting treatment.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p695.html

Nonpharmacologic Approaches Are Better Than Medication to Control Aggression and ... Restricted content. Login required.

May 15, 2020 - Nonpharmacologic approaches to agitation or aggression in patients with dementia are more effective than medication (e.g., haloperidol). Outdoor activities, multidisciplinary care, and massage and touch therapy with or without music are all effective.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0515/p631a.html

Five Days of Penicillin for Strep Throat Is Equal to 10 Days - POEMs - American Family ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2020 - Five days of 800-mg penicillin four times a day produced noninferior results to 10 days of 1,000-mg penicillin three times a day, with shorter symptom duration. This is not the first study to show similar benefits with a shorter duration of oral antibiotics.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0401/p434.html

Surgery or Lasers Preferred to Foam Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins - POEMs - American... Restricted content. Login required.

May 15, 2020 - For symptomatic varicose veins at least 3 mm in diameter with evidence of saphenous vein reflux, laser ablation is the preferred initial therapy.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0515/p630a.html

Bedtime Instead of Morning Ingestion of Hypertension Medication Equals a Significantly ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2020 - This study found a significant reduction in mortality and morbidity among patients who took their once-daily anti-hypertensive medications at bedtime instead of in the morning. No significant difference occurred in compliance rates between bedtime and morning ingestion times. Individual...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0401/p434a.html

Fewer Severe Exacerbations in Patients with Mild to Moderate Asthma Treated with ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2020 - Patients with mild to moderate asthma only need relief treatment. In this study, patients taking the combination of budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort) as needed had slightly fewer severe exacerbations than patients treated with twice daily budesonide (Pulmicort).

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p310.html

Linagliptin and Glimepiride Equally Effective for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2020 - This study found that linagliptin is noninferior to glimepiride for reducing the risk of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, and stroke in adults with type 2 diabetes at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p309a.html

Do Not Change Antidepressant Treatment Early Based on a Lack of Response - POEMs - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2020 - Do not be in a hurry to change treatment in patients with severe depression who do not respond to treatment within the first two weeks. Early response to treatment predicts eventual response or remission, but a lack of early response does not predict treatment failure.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p250.html

Addition of Steroids Improves Outcomes in Children and Adults with CAP - POEMs - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 1, 2020 - Adding corticosteroid treatment to the management of CAP is beneficial for children and adults. Treatment decreases clinical failures, time in the hospital, and the risk of death in adults with severe pneumonia.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0101/p55.html

Increased Readmissions and Adverse Events with Intensification of Antihypertensive ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2020 - The intensification of antihypertensive regimens on discharge in older adults hospitalized for noncardiac conditions is associated with an increased risk of readmission (number needed to harm [NNH] = 27) and medication-related serious adverse events (NNH = 63) within 30 days.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p248a.html

C-Reactive Protein Guidance Safely Reduces Antibiotic Use in Patients with Acute ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 1, 2020 - CRP guidance, regarding the likelihood that antibiotics will be helpful for patients with acute exacerbation of COPD, safely reduces antibiotic use (number needed to treat = 5).

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0101/p54.html

Baloxavir Reduces Symptom Duration Similar to Oseltamivir, Primarily Within 24 Hours of... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 15, 2019 - Baloxavir has similar efficacy to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) (33-hour reduction in duration of symptoms compared with placebo) and, like oseltamivir, is most effective when given within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/od4.html

No Benefit, Longer Hospital Stay with Treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria - POEMs - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2020 - Inappropriate treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria is common in hospitalized patients. Older patients, those with dementia or acutely altered mental status, and those with abnormal urinalysis results are more likely to be treated with antibiotics.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p248.html

Topical Interventions Improve Outcomes After Cryosurgery for Actinic Keratosis - POEMs ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2020 - Based on a review of low-quality evidence, adding a topical intervention after cryosurgery for actinic keratosis improves the likelihood of complete clearance from 46% to 79% (number needed to treat = 3).

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p249.html

One Month of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Followed by Clopidogrel Alone is Superior to 12 ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 15, 2019 - This study found that one month of dual antiplatelet therapy (aspirin plus clopidogrel or prasugrel [Effient]) followed by clopidogrel monotherapy for up to five years is both noninferior and superior to 12 months of dual antiplatelet therapy followed by aspirin for up to five years for...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/od5.html

Augmentation of Antidepressant Treatment Offers Little Benefit - POEMs - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 15, 2019 - The available evidence that treatment-resistant depression (depression that is unresponsive to two different treatments of adequate dose and length) responds well to augmentation treatment (i.e., adding psychotherapy, lithium, or aripiprazole [Abilify] to current treatment) is weak.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/od3.html

Platelet-Rich Plasma is Equal to Saline for Patients with Patellar Tendinopathy - POEMs... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 15, 2019 - In this study, platelet-rich plasma injections were no better than saline injections in improving pain or activity in patients with patellar tendinopathy. It did not matter whether the plasma was leukocyte rich or leukocyte poor.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/od2.html

Oral Antibiotics Are Equal to IV Antibiotics for Serous Bone and Joint Infections - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2019 - Oral antibiotics started within seven days of surgery for patients with a serious bone or joint infection are as safe and effective as six weeks of IV antibiotics.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p441.html

As-Needed Budesonide/Formoterol Similar to Maintenance Budesonide Plus SABA in Patients... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2019 - In these patients with mild asthma (more than one-half used a short-acting beta-agonist [SABA] such as albuterol two or fewer times per week), as-needed use of a combined budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort) inhaler was as effective at preventing exacerbations as daily maintenance ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/p646a.html

Early Cardioversion No Better Than Delayed Cardioversion for Recent-Onset Symptomatic ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2019 - For patients presenting to the emergency department with recent-onset symptomatic atrial fibrillation, early cardioversion is no better than delayed cardioversion in achieving sinus rhythm within four weeks.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/p648.html

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Not Beneficial for Nonoperative Treatment of Rotator ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2019 - The review found no evidence that supports any additional benefit of platelet-rich plasma injections compared with various control interventions, including saline placebo, in the non-operative treatment of rotator cuff disease in adults.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/p647.html

Pneumatic Compression in Addition to Pharmacologic Thromboprophylaxis Does Not Further ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2019 - This study found no benefit to the addition of intermittent pneumatic compression to pharmacologic anticoagulation for the prevention of proximal DVT in critically ill patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p440a.html

Overview of New ACC/AHA Lipid Guidelines - POEMs - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - These updated guidelines, made without any input from primary care physicians who manage most patients with hyperlipidemia, are more complex than the 2013 guidelines and will likely lead to even more recommendations for statins, ezetimibe (Zetia), and PSK9 inhibitors.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p716.html

5% Fluorouracil Is the Preferred Treatment for Actinic Keratoses - POEMs - American ...

Aug 15, 2019 - The use of topical 5% fluorouracil is most likely to result in successful elimination of actinic keratoses in a field on the head or face.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p249a.html

Weak Evidence Supports Augmentation Therapy for Treatment-Resistant Depression - POEMs ...

Sep 15, 2019 - There is weak research to guide treatment decisions for patients who have not responded to two adequate courses of antidepressant treatment. One study of cognitive behavior therapy showed benefit over placebo.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0915/p376.html

e-Cigarettes More Effective Than Nicotine Replacement for Cessation of Tobacco Use in ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2019 - Among adults who smoked a median of 15 cigarettes per day, those who were randomized to receive e-cigarettes were more likely to be abstinent at one year than those who received nicotine replacement (number needed to treat [NNT] = 12).

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p442.html

More Evidence Against Antibiotics for Acute Asthma Exacerbations - POEMs - American ...

Aug 1, 2019 - Antibiotics do not benefit patients hospitalized with an asthma exacerbation. Evidence from this study suggests worse outcomes with antibiotic use, including a longer hospital stay, higher costs, and greater risk of diarrhea.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p185.html

Dapagliflozin in High-Risk Type 2 Diabetes Reduces Hospitalization for Heart Failure ...

Aug 1, 2019 - The only cardiovascular benefit to treatment with dapagliflozin was a reduction in the likelihood of hospitalization; 125 patients would need to be treated for 10 years to prevent one hospitalization.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p184.html

Single-Dose Oral Dexamethasone Decreases Sore Throat Pain - POEMs - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2018 - Sore throats are rarely fatal anymore, but there is really no such thing as just a sore throat. Whereas antibiotics have no analgesic activity, a single low dose of a corticosteroid such as oral dexamethasone—0.6 mg per kg for children at least five years of age and up to 10 mg for ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/od1.html

Short-Term Clopidogrel Plus Aspirin Prevents Second Ischemic Stroke Better Than Aspirin...

Aug 15, 2019 - Combined treatment with clopidogrel and aspirin, started within 24 hours of the first event, will decrease the likelihood of a recurrent stroke in an additional 2% of patients compared with aspirin alone, with a slight increase in the risk of extra-cranial bleeding.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p249.html

NPH Insulin: Fewer Episodes of Severe Hypoglycemia Than Analogs and Less Than One-Half ...

Jan 1, 2019 - This study found that compared with expensive long-acting insulin analogs costing two to 10 times as much, NPH insulin results in a similar number of episodes of severe hypoglycemia (if not fewer) that result in emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0101/p53a.html

Chronic Sinusitis: Saline Irrigation Helps Somewhat; Steroid Does Not Add More Benefit ...

Feb 1, 2019 - This study showed that patients with chronic rhinosinusitis who continue to use a saline nasal wash (NeilMed) will often experience an improvement in symptoms that can be clinically meaningful, but the addition of the corticosteroid budesonide has yet to show an extra benefit.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p188.html

Oral Contraceptives and Antiandrogens Most Effective for Hirsutism Pharmacotherapy - ...

Jan 1, 2019 - Combination oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) are an excellent treatment option for women desiring medical therapy for hirsutism. Based on this meta-analysis, an accompanying practice guideline recommends adding an antiandrogen, such as finasteride (Propecia), if there is an inadequate ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0101/p55.html

Limited Data: Deprescribing is Safe, But at the Risk of Symptom Recurrence - POEMs - ...

May 15, 2019 - The limited rigorous data on deprescribing suggest that many patients can safely stop unnecessary medication, but symptom relapse is significant.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/od2.html

Statins Ineffective for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Patients 75 ...

Apr 1, 2019 - In this retrospective study, statin treatment in patients 75 years or older without preexisting CVD did not change the likelihood of developing CVD or reduce any-cause mortality. However, patients 75 to 84 years of age with diabetes mellitus benefitted from treatment. These results ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p461.html

No Reduction in Delirium with the Use of Haloperidol or Ziprasidone in Critically Ill ...

Apr 1, 2019 - For patients with acute respiratory failure or shock who develop delirium in the intensive care unit (ICU), the use of haloperidol or ziprasidone (Geodon) does not reduce the duration of delirium. This trial was powered to detect at least a two-day difference in the duration of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p460.html

Aspirin Plus a High-Dose PPI Prevents Death and Progression in Patients with Barrett ...

Mar 15, 2019 - In this study, patients with Barrett esophagus were less likely to die or develop esophageal cancer or high-grade dysplasia if they took high-dose esomeprazole (Nexium) alone or in combination with aspirin.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0315/od5.html

Lorcaserin Is Safe, But Only Modestly Effective for Weight Loss - POEMs - American ...

Mar 15, 2019 - Lorcaserin, 10 mg twice daily, helps some patients lose 10% or more of their body weight (number needed to treat [NNT] = 10) and appears to be safe in terms of cardiovascular events.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0315/od4.html

Clopidogrel Plus Aspirin Provides More Net Benefit Than Aspirin Alone After Minor ...

Feb 1, 2019 - This study provides support for a strategy of adding clopidogrel to aspirin for the first week or so after a minor ischemic stroke or TIA because this is when the greatest benefit occurs. Harms were spread fairly evenly throughout the study period.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p188a.html

Decompression Surgery No More Effective Than Exercise for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome...

Feb 1, 2019 - Despite being one of the most common orthopedic surgeries performed, subacromial decompression is not significantly better than physical therapy to treat patients with pain and limited function caused by shoulder impingement.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p190.html

Long-Acting Muscarinic Antagonists plus Inhaled Steroids is Equal to Long-Acting ...

Oct 15, 2018 - Long-acting muscarinic antagonists added to inhaled corticosteroids are a superior treatment to placebo for improving asthma control in adults and children 12 years or older. Long-acting muscarinic antagonist add-on therapy is not superior to long-acting beta agonist (LABA) add-on therapy.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1015/od2.html

LABA Plus Inhaled Corticosteroid Reduces Exacerbations, But Not Hospitalizations - ...

Jan 1, 2019 - Adding a LABA to an inhaled corticosteroid is safe but does not reduce the likelihood of a serious exacerbation requiring hospitalization. There is a small reduction in nonsevere asthma exacerbations, with one fewer exacerbation for every 53 patients treated for six months.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0101/p53.html

Lower Systolic BP During Antihypertensive Treatment Associated with More Deaths in ...

Jan 1, 2019 - In this small cohort study of patients older than 85 years, lower systolic blood pressure during treatment with antihypertensive medications is associated with higher death rates and greater cognitive decline.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0101/p54.html

Estrogen No Better Than Vaginal Lubricant for Postmenopausal Vaginal Symptoms - POEMs -...

Nov 15, 2018 - It is time to rethink the idea that vaginal atrophy caused by diminished estrogen is the cause of vaginal symptoms associated with menopause. Vaginal estradiol is no more effective than a non-prescription vaginal lubricant or placebo lubricant in the treatment of women with painful ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1115/od3.html

Statins Effective for LDL 190 mg per dL or Higher, Regardless of Risk Level - POEMs - ...

Jul 1, 2018 - These results confirm that the use of statins for men with an LDL cholesterol level of at least 190 mg per dL, regardless of calculated risk, is associated with a clinically and statistically significant reduction in cardiovascular events and probably cardiovascular and all-cause ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p54a.html

Mifepristone Pretreatment Improves Success Rate of Misoprostol for Early Pregnancy Loss...

Dec 1, 2018 - In women with early pregnancy loss between five and 12 weeks' gestation, pretreatment with 200 mcg of oral mifepristone before 800 mcg of vaginal misoprostol increases the likelihood of successful expulsion of the gestational sac.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1201/p683a.html

Direct Oral Anticoagulants Preferred Over Warfarin for Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation ...

Dec 1, 2018 - The balance of benefits and harms favors direct oral anticoagulants over warfarin (Coumadin) for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation who require anticoagulation and are already taking low-dose aspirin.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1201/p683.html

Single Maintenance and Reliever Therapy More Effective Than Inhaled Corticosteroids and...

Sep 15, 2018 - When compared with standard therapy (inhaled corticosteroids with or without LABAs and SABAs as relief therapy), SMART is associated with a reduced risk of acute asthma exacerbations in patients 12 years or older.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0915/p383.html

As-Needed Use of Budesonide Plus Formoterol As Good As Daily Use of Steroid - POEMs - ...

Nov 15, 2018 - As-needed use of budesonide/formoterol is as effective as the daily use of maintenance budesonide plus as-needed terbutaline at preventing severe exacerbations, and results in a much lower cumulative steroid dose.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1115/od4.html

Five-Day Nitrofurantoin Superior to Single-Dose Fosfomycin for Women with Uncomplicated...

Oct 15, 2018 - A five-day course of nitrofurantoin is significantly more likely than single-dose fosfomycin to achieve both clinical and microbiologic resolution of uncomplicated lower UTI in otherwise healthy adult women.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1015/od4.html

Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain Conditions - POEMs - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2018 - Acupuncture, with its meridians, chi, and other concepts that do not seem to line up with anything physiologic, is vexing to most of us who trained in Western medicine. However, this meta-analysis, based on data from almost 21,000 patients, found it to be more effective than no ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1115/od2.html

Cannabinoids Somewhat Helpful for Nausea, Maybe Helpful for Spasticity, Probably Not ...

Oct 15, 2018 - This umbrella review found a modest benefit of cannabinoids for the treatment of neuropathic pain; a greater benefit for the treatment of spasticity and nausea and vomiting; and substantial harms. The studies were extremely heterogeneous in terms of the comparators, dose, duration, and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1015/od3.html

Nonopioids Equivalent to Opioids for Severe Chronic Back, Hip, or Knee Pain with Fewer ...

Sep 1, 2018 - Nonopioid medications were at least as effective as opioid medications for improving pain-related function over 12 months in adults with severe chronic back pain or knee or hip osteoarthritis pain. The evidence that opioids are not superior to nonopioid medications for chronic and acute...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0901/p316.html

Febuxostat Increases All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality Compared with Allopurinol -...

Sep 15, 2018 - For patients with gout who require treatment to lower their uric acid level, allopurinol is a safer option than febuxostat.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0915/p385.html

Aspirin No Different Than Rivaroxaban for Prevention of VTE After TKA or THA - POEMs - ...

Aug 15, 2018 - Extended prophylaxis with low-dose aspirin is similar in efficacy to rivaroxaban for the prevention of symptomatic VTE following TKA or THA. Aspirin is cheap, widely available, and effective, making it a good alternative to the more costly direct oral anticoagulants.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0815/p248.html

Systolic Blood Pressure of At Least 140 mm Hg Best Place to Begin Treatment - POEMs - ...

Aug 15, 2018 - Beginning antihypertensive treatment when the systolic blood pressure is greater than 140 mm Hg delays death and prevents major cardiovascular events in some persons without preexisting heart disease; in patients with existing heart disease, it prevents further events, but does not ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0815/p249.html

Medications Ineffective to Prevent Cognitive Decline or Dementia - POEMs - American ...

Aug 15, 2018 - None of the medications in this systematic review prevented or delayed cognitive decline, cognitive impairment, or dementia.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0815/p248a.html

Drugs for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Are Similarly Effective - POEMs - American ...

Jun 15, 2018 - If nondrug measures are unsuccessful for chronic idiopathic constipation, the choice of a pharmacologic agent should be based on cost, tolerability, and long-term adherence rather than efficacy, because the efficacy is similar among drugs and drug classes.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p819a.html

Surgery Equal to No Surgery for Patients with Subacromial Shoulder Pain - POEMs - ...

Jul 1, 2018 - In patients with subacromial shoulder pain of at least three months' duration who receive physical therapy, surgical decompression is no better than arthroscopy without decompression in improving pain or function, and neither is much better than no invasive intervention at all.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p54.html

PCI Equal to Sham PCI for Exercise Tolerance in Patients with Stable Angina Plus Severe...

Jul 1, 2018 - In patients with stable angina and severe coronary artery disease (CAD), PCI plus optimal medical treatment does not improve exercise tolerance or angina more than sham PCI plus optimal medical treatment.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p55.html

Lorazepam Added to Haloperidol Effective for Agitated Delirium in End-of-Life Cancer ...

Feb 15, 2018 - Using a single dose of lorazepam in combination with haloperidol decreases agitation in end-of-life patients with cancer who had persistent agitated delirium despite scheduled haloperidol. A recent POEM reported that haloperidol increases symptoms of distress in patients with cancer and...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/od4.html

One-Third of Patients with Anxiety Disorder Will Relapse When Antidepressant Treatment ...

May 1, 2018 - Discontinuing the antidepressant treatment in patients with anxiety disorders will cause a relapse in almost one-third of them. One in six patients previously treated successfully will also relapse despite continued treatment.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/p605.html

Injectable Extended-Release Naltrexone Effective for Opioid Use Disorder - POEMs - ...

Jun 15, 2018 - Injectable extended-release naltrexone administered every four weeks is similar in efficacy to daily oral buprenorphine/naloxone for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Patients using extended-release naltrexone reported higher satisfaction with treatment and were more likely to ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p819.html

Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics Increase Adverse Events in Children with Acute Respiratory ...

Apr 1, 2018 - Broad-spectrum antibiotics are no more effective than narrow-spectrum antibiotics for treating acute respiratory tract infections in infants and children, and adverse events are significantly more common in children treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/p474a.html

Lumbar Fusion of Variable Value Based on Treating Diagnosis, with Significant ...

May 1, 2018 - Lumbar fusion for degenerative spinal disease appears to be most beneficial for patients undergoing the procedure for spondylolisthesis, but it is of little clear benefit for patients with other indications, such as spinal stenosis or chronic back pain.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/p605a.html

Routine Oxygen Supplementation After Acute Stroke Does Not Improve Functional Outcomes ...

Apr 15, 2018 - For nonhypoxic patients with acute stroke, routine oxygen therapy for 72 hours, either continuously or at night only, does not improve functional outcomes at 90 days. Long-term outcomes were not assessed in this study, and the question remains whether 90 days is an adequate length of ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0415/p533.html

Ibuprofen and Morphine Provide Similar Post-op Pain Relief in Kids; Ibuprofen Has Fewer...

Mar 15, 2018 - This carefully designed and adequately powered study found no difference in pain reduction between ibuprofen and oral morphine in children with postoperative pain. Adverse effects, however, were much more likely with morphine.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0315/p408a.html

Early PT for Acute Low Back Pain Is Cost-Effective, but Gain in Quality of Life Is ...

Apr 1, 2018 - At $30,000 per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) gained, early PT for acute low back pain in primary care is cost-effective by the usual criteria of $50,000 to $100,000 per QALY. However, the magnitude of improvement in quality of life is small and is probably not clinically meaningful.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/p475.html

Probiotic Ineffective for Treatment of Acute Gastroenteritis in Young Children - POEMs ...

Jun 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jun 1, 2019 Issue POEMs Patient-Oriented Evidence That Matters Probiotic Ineffective for Treatment of Acute Gastroenteritis in Young Children Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jun 1;99(11):717-718. Clinical Question Is the probiotic...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p717a.html

Minimal Effect of ERT on Sexual Function in Menopausal Women - POEMs - American Family ...

Mar 15, 2018 - Transdermal, but not oral, estrogen produced a small improvement in sexual function scores in menopausal women. The increases were very small and may not be noticeable by most women.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0315/p408.html

No Effect on Mortality with Oxygen Therapy in Nonhypoxemic Patients with Suspected MI -...

Feb 15, 2018 - In patients with suspected MI and normal oxygen levels, giving immediate supplemental oxygen therapy does not improve mortality at one year. Although this study was underpowered because of fewer than expected deaths in the control group, the results were consistent across all subgroups,...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/od3.html

Light Therapy Improves Behavioral Disturbances, Sleep, Depression in Older Patients ...

Feb 15, 2018 - In this meta-analysis, older patients with cognitive impairment who were exposed to light therapy had moderate improvements in behavioral disturbances, small improvements in sleep quality, and moderate improvements in depression. The authors did not report data on responders vs. ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/od2.html

Long-Term Use of Bisphosphonates Increases the Risk of Fractures in Older Women - POEMs...

Jan 1, 2018 - In this cohort study, older women at a high risk of fractures who used oral bisphosphonates for 10 to 13 years had a higher risk of fractures than women who used bisphosphonates for only two years.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0101/p53a.html

Delayed Antibiotic Prescription for New-Onset Cough Associated with Decreased ...

Jan 1, 2018 - Delayed antibiotic treatment (that is, giving a prescription with a suggestion to fill it only if symptoms are still present after three days) was associated with decreased revisits by adults with new-onset cough deemed to be infective.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0101/p53.html

Intensive Blood Pressure Control in Older Patients Can Decrease Renal Function - POEMs ...

Jan 1, 2018 - In this post-hoc analysis of the previously published SPRINT trial, lowering the systolic blood pressure of patients who are at increased risk of cardiovascular events (average age = 66 years) will decrease their risk of cardiovascular disease but increase their likelihood of developing...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0101/p54.html

Oral Steroids Not Helpful for Acute Lower Respiratory Tract Infection in Nonasthmatic ...

Jan 1, 2018 - This study found no clinically significant benefit of steroids for the treatment of acute LRTI in adults without asthma, including those presenting with wheezing or shortness of breath.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0101/p55.html

Home Glucose Monitoring Offers No Benefit to Patients Not Using Insulin - POEMs - ...

Dec 15, 2017 - Home glucose monitoring of patients in primary care does not improve A1C scores or quality of life over one year in patients who are not taking insulin.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/od4.html

Treatment of Subclinical Hypothyroidism Ineffective in Older Adults - POEMs - American ...

Oct 15, 2017 - Treatment of patients with a minimally elevated thyrotropin (thyroid-stimulating hormone) level did not result in any improvement in symptoms. If patients present with a thyrotropin level between 4.6 and 10 mIU per L, repeat the test because the levels often normalize (this occurred in ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1015/od3.html

Gabapentinoids for Chronic Low Back Pain: Limited Evidence, More Harm Than Benefit - ...

Dec 15, 2017 - The existing data on gabapentinoids for chronic low back pain are limited in number and quality. The amount of pain reduction is low to moderate, and the rate of adverse effects is high. The few studies that assessed function found no improvement.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/od3.html

In Hospitalized Patients with Influenza and an Infiltrate, Adding Clarithromycin and ...

Dec 15, 2017 - Adding clarithromycin and naproxen to oseltamivir significantly lowered all-cause mortality at 30 days and at 90 days. This study was limited by its open-label design. The outcome of mortality would not be subject to observer bias, though, and the groups were balanced.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/od5.html

Transdermal Estrogen and Progestogen Most Effective to Reduce Menopausal Vasomotor ...

Dec 1, 2017 - Transdermal estrogen plus progestogen, or oral estrogen plus progestogen, is the treatment most likely to effectively reduce the frequency of vasomotor symptoms among menopausal women. Isoflavones and black cohosh were found to be better than placebo.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1201/p744.html

Treating Sleep Apnea with Positive Airway Pressure Does Not Reduce Adverse CV Outcomes ...

Nov 15, 2017 - The use of PAP for adults with sleep apnea does not reduce adverse CV events or mortality. Patients who experience daytime fatigue at baseline benefit from reduced sleepiness and improved physical and mental well-being. Order sleep testing only in patients with signs or symptoms of ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1115/od5.html

Use of Mindfulness or Self-Hypnosis Provides Immediate Pain Relief to Hospitalized ...

Nov 15, 2017 - Compared with psychoeducation, a single 15-minute session of training in mindfulness or self-hypnosis leads to greater immediate pain relief for hospitalized patients with at least moderate pain at baseline.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1115/od6.html

Tranexamic Acid Decreased Death from Bleeding but Not All-Cause Mortality in Women with...

Oct 15, 2017 - In this really large study, tranexamic acid did not decrease the frequency of the primary outcome of death or hysterectomy in women with postpartum hemorrhage. However, there was a very small reduction in the rate of death from bleeding in the women treated with tranexamic acid.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1015/od1.html

Newer Oral Hypoglycemics Do Not Increase or Decrease Mortality - POEMs - American ...

Oct 15, 2017 - This seems like a strange question considering that the goal is to decrease mortality with drug therapy. Nevertheless, this study showed that the new kids on the diabetes block—exenatide (Byetta), dulaglutide (Trulicity), sitagliptin (Januvia), saxagliptin (Onglyza), and others—do not ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1015/od2.html

In Very High-Risk Patients with Vascular Disease, Evolocumab Slightly Reduces Nonfatal ...

Oct 1, 2017 - In an extremely high-risk group of patients with known vascular disease, taking evolocumab instead of placebo in addition to standard statin therapy for slightly more than two years will prevent one myocardial infarction (MI) for every 83 persons treated and prevent one stroke for every...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/p470.html

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