Primary Care

  • For opioid-related hospitalizations, men and women are equal

    on June 22nd, 2017
    Equality is not always a good thing, particularly with opioids. In 2005, the rate of opioid-related inpatient hospital stays was 145.6 per 100,000 population for males of all ages and 127.8 for females of all ages. By 2014, however, equality had arrived: Females had a rate of 224.1 per 100,000, comp[...]
  • ACOG recommends women start mammography between ages 40 and 50 years

    on June 22nd, 2017
    Woman at average risk for breast cancer should be offered their first screening mammogram at age 40, with initiation of screening beginning no later than age 50, according to new recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ACOG suggested a screening interval of 1-2 [...]
  • Arab Americans reluctant to seek depression care from psychiatrists

    on June 22nd, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM APA SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A new study, the first of its kind, finds that Arab Americans in a Michigan community are among least likely ethnic groups to seek help for depression from a mental health specialist. But they’re especially likely to look for assistan[...]
  • CLARIFICATION: Novel female sexual dysfunction drug effective, phase III studies show

    on June 21st, 2017
    In an article titled “Novel female sexual dysfunction drug effective, phase III studies show”, published June 19, 2017, the name of the company marketing Addyi and one of Dr. Clayton’s disclosures was misstated. The name of the company is Valeant.[...]
  • Coconut oil and dairy fats pose similar CVD risk

    on June 20th, 2017
    FROM CIRCULATION Are saturated fats good for you or not? A new American Heart Association presidential advisory says no. In a mixed-effects meta-analysis of four core trials and six noncore trials, the AHA found that replacing saturated fats – particularly coconut oil and dairy fats – with veget[...]
  • USPSTF recommends screening children, adolescents for obesity

    on June 20th, 2017
    FROM JAMA Children and adolescents aged 6 years and older should be screened for obesity and referred to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions with at least 26 hours of intervention contact, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement that was published on[...]
  • Consider college immunization requirements when counseling about vaccines

    on June 20th, 2017
    FROM VACCINE Clinicians who are counseling vaccine-hesitant parents about vaccination may want to consider adding immunization requirements of universities to their armamentarium, recommended Allison Noesekabel, a medical student at Wayne State University, Detroit, and Ada M. Fenick, MD , a pediatri[...]
  • Teens’ overall tobacco use falls, but e-cigs now most popular product

    on June 19th, 2017
    FROM MMWR Twenty percent of surveyed high school students and 7% of middle school students were using some kind of tobacco product in 2016 – and e-cigarettes were the most commonly used product among those groups, according to an analysis from federal researchers. Current use of any tobacco produc[...]
  • Novel female sexual dysfunction drug effective, phase III studies show

    on June 19th, 2017
    AT THE ASCP ANNUAL MEETING MIAMI (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Women distressed by a low desire for sex could have a novel pharmaceutical intervention soon. Phase III results from the two Reconnect studies of 1,247 premenopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder in stable relationships sho[...]
  • Frequent bronchiectasis exacerbations linked to higher mortality

    on June 19th, 2017
    AT ATS 2017 WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Bronchiectasis patients with three or more exacerbations per year had twice the mortality during 5-year follow-up as patients with no recent exacerbations, in a prospective registry of nearly 2,600 European bronchiectasis patients. A multivariate a[...]
  • Daytime sleepiness linked to subsequent brain amyloid

    on June 16th, 2017
    AT SLEEP 2017 BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Daytime sleepiness in cognitively intact older adults was significantly associated with subsequent neuroimaging evidence of brain amyloid deposition, according to a data analysis presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep So[...]
  • ABIM finds 69% concordance between MOC questions and common practice

    on June 15th, 2017
    FROM JAMA Nearly 7 of 10 questions asked on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s internal medicine maintenance of certification exam address conditions physicians commonly encounter when caring for their patients, according to new research conducted and funded by the board. “In this study c[...]
  • Patients report issues with home O2

    on June 15th, 2017
    AT ATS 2017 WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patient education in the use of home oxygen halves the number of system use issues reported by patients, based on results of a survey of nearly 2,000 patients. Pulmonary clinicians and patients report “intolerable barriers to home oxygen services[...]
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