Primary Care

Overweight Teens Often Missed by Preventive Care | Medical Blog

Despite the well-documented rise in pediatric obesity, University of California, San Francisco researchers report in Pediatrics that overweight teenagers do not appear to be receiving the preventive

Improving Care for Falls & Urinary Incontinence | Opinion Article

The number of Americans aged 65 and older is rapidly increasing, and these individuals have a disproportionately greater amount of healthcare requirements, office visits, and hospitalizations than their younger counterparts.

Updated Guidelines for BPH | Feature

An updated guideline on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) includes a detailed algorithm to guide physicians in diagnosing and treating lower urinary tract symptoms that are secondary to BPH and in-depth information on its basic management.

Incretin Therapies in Diabetes Care | Opinion Article

Diabetes is an epidemic in the United States. According to the most recent CDC estimates, the disease affects approximately 25.8 million Americans, representing 8.3% of the total

Live Meetings Sway MDs to Screen for HSDD | Medical Blog

After a series of live continuing medical education (CME) activities on female hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), primary care clinicians who previously did not screen for the

The American Psychiatric Association 2011 Annual Meeting | Conference Coverage

The American Psychiatric Association’s 2011 annual meeting was held May 14-18 in Honolulu. The features below highlight some of the news emerging from the meeting.

Physical Activity Recommendations for Patients With Diabetes | Feature

The American College of Sports Medicine and American Diabetes Association have released a joint position statement for exercise in the management of patients with type 2 diabetes. Adhering to the recommendations may help providers prevent or manage diabetes and prediabetes, improve overall health, and boost quality of life.

Nation "Drowning" in Swimmer’s Ear Costs | Medical Blog

According to the CDC’s May 20, 2011 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, nonhospitalized acute otitis externa (AOE) visits cost the United States healthcare system as much as

Statin Adherence a Major Issue in Most At-Risk Patients | Medical Blog

First, the good news: Patients with high adherence to statin therapy can increase their expected quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) by as many as 1.5 compared with patients

Choosing the Right EHR System | Opinion Article

There are many challenges that keep physicians awake at night, and one of the most current is tackling the emerging world of electronic health records (EHRs). Financial incentives coupled with the rapid acceptance of communication technology have made this conversion essential.

Improving Boomeratric Care Services | Opinion Article

The population of baby boomers and geriatric adults—the “boomeratric”™ generation—is continuing to increase in the United States. Implementing initiatives such as a geriatric fracture care program can lead to significant healthcare cost savings and reductions in future hospitalizations while streamlining the continuum of care.

Healthcare-Related Finances Hit Some Families Hard | News Brief

Harvard University researchers have found that almost half (48%) of families with chronic health conditions in high-deductible health plans report experiencing significant healthcare

Collaboration Helps When Managing CKD | News Brief

Most primary care physicians (PCPs) and nephrologists appear to favor utilizing collaborative care for patients with progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a nationwide analysis. Most

A Look at Online Health Users | News Brief

Findings from the Bupa Health Pulse survey suggest that there are more ways to access health information on the internet than ever before, but few people check

Reducing the Burden of Peripheral Arterial Disease | Opinion Article

Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) have high rates of hospitalization, and the first admission for a procedure does not appear to be a permanent resolution of the underlying condition. A new study assesses hospitalization rates and costs in patients with PAD.

Comorbidities in ADHD | News Brief

Clinical management of ADHD should address multiple comorbid conditions and manage a range of adverse functional outcomes, according to findings from a UCLA research team. Investigators found

Key Points From New Alzheimer’s Guidelines | Medical Blog

For the first time in nearly 30 years, the diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) have been updated in the April 19 online issue of Alzheimer’s &

Striving Toward Quality Pain Management | Opinion Article

No single treatment option for pain management is without risk, but physicians must also consider the risks involved with making decisions to not treat pain. The PainSAFE initiative is a multi-pronged educational program designed to help advocate for and advance the safe use of all pain therapies.

An Effective Intervention for Managing Depression in Primary Care | Feature

A depression intervention designed for use in primary care has demonstrated sustained improvement in clinical outcomes over 18 months in chronically depressed patients with symptoms that are persistent despite treatment.

Discolored Sputum Does Not Signal Antibiotics | Medical Blog

Adults with acute cough/lower respiratory tract infection who present with discolored sputum appear to be prescribed antibiotics more often than those with clear/white sputum, according to a

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