Primary Care

Leading the Fight Against Flu | Opinion Article

Research shows that the flu can spread rapidly throughout healthcare settings if proper precautions aren’t taken. Healthcare workers can serve as role models for vaccination by setting an example and getting vaccinated themselves.

Is Bariatric Surgery in Diabetics Cost-Effective? | Opinion Article

Research shows that bariatric surgery may provide benefits to people with diabetes, including sustained weight loss, reductions in A1C, and allows patients to reduce or stop medications. But are these expensive procedures cost-effective?

Increasing Awareness of Atrial Fibrillation | Feature

A new educational program urges clinicians to communicate with their patients about their awareness of atrial fibrillation, a condition linked to increased risk of stroke.

Strategies to Treat Nausea & Vomiting During Pregnancy | Feature

Half of all pregnant women have nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy, but a recently published review can help healthcare providers manage this complication by offering pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapy options.

Smoking Cessation in HIV/AIDS: A Call to Action | Opinion Article

Smoking prevalence among the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS is two to three times higher than the 19.8% smoking rate that has been reported among the general population.

Improving Health in Patients With Heart Failure | Feature

A scientific statement from the American Heart Association defines self-care behaviors for managing heart failure. It identifies patient, physician, and healthcare system barriers and offers interventions to promote self-care.

Empowering Patients to Reduce Their CVD Risk | Feature

A new scientific statement identifies multiple evidence-based strategies that healthcare providers can use to help patients embrace diet and physical activity changes that lower their risk for cardiovascular diseases.

Antipsychotic Use in Children | Opinion Article

The use of antipsychotic medications in children and adolescents has been debated largely because these agents are increasingly being used for non-psychotic disorders and off-label indications.

Making the Case for Statins | Feature

National guidelines recommend patients with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack be put on lipid-lowering therapies such as statins during hospitalization and continue this treatment, even after they are discharged.

Howard Schubiner, MD
Howard Schubiner, MD

Reducing the Pain of Fibromyalgia | Feature

The chronic pain syndrome of fibromyalgia afflicts nearly 2% of women and a smaller proportion of men, and is both enigmatic and controversial. Many patients with fibromyalgia

Effective Resources for PAD | Opinion Article

About 10% of people with diabetes older than 40 have peripheral artery disease (PAD), but many will not get treated for it. Failure to detect PAD early can have significant consequences such as lower limb amputations and increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Helpful Guidelines for Heart Health in Diabetes | Feature

A new position statement released by the American College of Cardiology Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association recommends that fewer patients with diabetes at risk for cardiovascular disease take low-dose aspirin than was previously recommended.

Eat Your Sweet Potatoes This Thanksgiving and Live Longer! | Medical Blog

A large study just released by the CDC found that consumption of high levels of alpha carotene appears to reduce the risk of dying of all causes

Setting the Stage for Good Nutrition in Diabetes | Feature

Patients with pre-diabetes or diabetes should receive individualized medical nutrition

Battling Obesity: Improving Interactions with Patients | Opinion Article

While new diagnostic and treatment options to battle obesity continue to be investigated, recognition is rarely given to the social consequences of obesity. Negative stereotypes and patient-provider interactions can lead to poor emotional and physical health among those who are obese.

Effective Approaches to Managing Newly Diagnosed Diabetes Patients | Feature

Patients who learn that they have type 2 diabetes may find the news difficult to take. However, encouraging patients to learn about their disease and giving them the tools they need to manage it are important steps toward enabling them to feel better and live longer, healthier lives.

Overcoming the Hurdles of Insulin Initiation | Feature

Insulin is generally viewed as an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes, but both physicians and patients often consider the drug as a last resort. Identifying barriers and solutions to insulin initiation may help enhance outcomes.

Early Observations From Look AHEAD | Opinion Article

Early results from the Look AHEAD study have demonstrated that intensive lifestyle interventions more than doubled the percentage of participants achieving optimal care goals, including reducing cardiovascular disease risk.

Myths in Diabetes Care: A Clinician’s Perspective | Opinion Article

Myths in diabetes are common among patients suffering from the disease, but myths can also affect the clinicians managing these individuals. A few common myths among clinicians are debunked.

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