Primary Care

Is It GERD? Recognizing Atypical Symptoms

Because gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) diminishes quality of life and can cause long-term health complications, it is important to differentiate the disease from occasional common heartburn, diagnose

Bariatric Surgery & Long-Term Weight Loss | Feature

Bariatric surgery has become one of the most effective interventions for inducing weight loss among obese patients. Several operations are available for patients considering bariatric surgery, including

The COPD-Anxiety Connection | Feature

COPD patients appear to be more likely to have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) than those without COPD, even after accounting for most known GAD risk factors. Multidisciplinary care is encouraged to optimize treatment for patients with both conditions.

Urine Drug Tests: Effective for Uncovering Opioid Misuse But Easy To Cheat On | Feature

With America facing an opioid epidemic, the most effective diagnostic tool for uncovering misuse and abuse of opiates remains the urine-drug testing that numerous businesses and physicians

Guideline Update for Heart Failure Treatment | Feature

Experts in cardiology have updated a major guideline to reflect the addition of new types of drug options for heart failure (HF). With treatments for patients with HF expanding, there appears to be more hope than ever before for these individuals.

Comparing Back Pain Management Strategies | Feature

Both mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy appear to improve back pain and functional limitations among adults with chronic low back pain.

Video – Warning: This Drug May Kill You | eMedia

Told from the perspectives of four families devastated by opioid addiction, the HBO documentary Warning: This Drug May Kill You offers a harrowing, unflinching look at the

Time Allocation Among Physicians | Feature

The amount of time spent in meaningful interactions with patients is a powerful driver of physician career satisfaction, but increased paperwork and time on the computer often means less time for direct patient care.

Time Trends in Parkinson Incidence | Feature

Despite progress, the long-term time trends for PD remain uncertain.

Getting Patients Help for Long-term Reflux | Feature

Testing and treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has expanded in recent years beyond potentially detrimental long-term PPI use and invasive surgery. With objective testing and non-surgical therapy, patients experience lasting relief.

#PWChat: Physician’s Weekly Live Chats on Twitter | Feature

  Physician’s Weekly strives to keep our readers informed with the latest news and information in the healthcare industry. There are many moving parts to healthcare, and

Dealing with COPD & Provider Accessibility | Feature

Research from the CDC indicates that although the vast majority of patients with COPD reside within close proximity to a primary care physician, many lack such access to pulmonologists. Even in some urban areas, pulmonologists are outnumbered by COPD patients at a rate of 1,600:1.

TweetChat: A Look at the U.S. Opioid Epidemic | Feature

Dr. Linda Girgis will co-host a tweetchat with PW on May 10, at 9:00pm ET on the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Analyzing Pain Coping Strategies | Feature

Differences in the experience of pain among patients have been documented across many racial and ethnic groups in clinical research.

Filling Prescriptions After Opioid-Related Hospitalizations | Feature

New data suggest that greater efforts are needed to ensure that patients who are hospitalized for opioid addiction or misuse receive recommended services for post-treatment.

Managing Acute Respiratory Tract Infections | Feature

The American College of Physicians (ACP) and CDC has released a guideline on the appropriate use of antibiotics for ARTIs in adults.

Infographic: Our Growing Resistance to Antibiotics | Feature

  Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat and limits our ability to prevent and treat an increasing amount of infections caused by bacteria. According to the CDC,

CME/CE: Updating Comprehensive Type 2 Diabetes Management | Feature

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has updated its algorithm for the comprehensive management of type 2 diabetes. The algorithm emphasizes obesity as a risk factor for diabetes and its complications. It also stresses titrating medications appropriately and reinforcing the need to lose weight loss and use lifestyle therapies.

Managing Chronic Pain in Survivors of Adult Cancers | Feature

A clinical practice guideline has been issued on the management of chronic pain in adult cancer survivors. Recommendations are provided for a full range of evidence-based strategies to safely and effectively treat persistent pain in this unique patient population.

Physicians Practice: 4 Strategies to Enhance Physician-Administrator Relations | Feature

The author of this article is Mark Birmingham, DPM, a podiatric surgeon who practices with a multi-specialty group in Colorado and a member of the Physicians Practice Advisory Board.

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