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Diagnosis and Treatment of Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma - American Family ...

Jul 15, 2012 - Family physicians are regularly faced with identifying, treating, and counseling patients with skin cancers. Nonmelanoma skin cancer, which encompasses basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, is the most common cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet B exposure is a significant factor ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0715/p161.html

Treatment of Adult Obesity with Bariatric Surgery - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2016 - In 2013, approximately 179,000 bariatric surgery procedures were performed in the United States, including the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (42.1%), Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (34.2%), and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (14.0%). Choice of procedure depends on the medical ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0101/p31.html

AAP Releases Guidelines on Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders - ...

Dec 1, 2008 - American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released guidelines on identification of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). ASDs represent three of the pervasive developmental disorders defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. (DSM-IV): ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1201/p1301.html

Lung Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment Principles, and Screening - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2015 - Lung cancer is classified histologically into small cell and non–small cell lung cancers. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are cough, dyspnea, hemoptysis, and systemic symptoms such as weight loss and anorexia. High-risk patients who present with symptoms should undergo chest ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p250.html

Common Questions About Pneumonia in Nursing Home Residents - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2015 - Pneumonia in older adults residing in nursing homes can be challenging to diagnose and treat. Pneumococcal and influenza immunizations decrease the risk of pneumonia and are recommended for all nursing home patients. Older adults with pneumonia may not display classic signs and symptoms...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1001/p612.html

ACIP Releases Guideline on Prevention of Herpes Zoster - Practice Guidelines - American...

Apr 1, 2009 - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines on the prevention of herpes zoster (i.e., shingles).

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0401/p608.html

ACP Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain - Practice Guidelines -...

Jun 1, 2008 - To address the issue of the evaluation and management of low back pain, the American College of Physicians (ACP) created a guideline consisting of seven key recommendations for diagnosing and treating low back pain in the primary care setting.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0601/p1607.html

ACOG Releases Guidelines on Hormonal Contraceptives in Women with Coexisting Medical ...

Apr 15, 2007 - Guidelines on the use of hormonal contraceptives in women with underlying medical conditions are available from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). In some women, drugs taken for certain chronic conditions may alter the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0415/p1252.html

Common Questions About the Initial Management of Hypertension - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2015 - Hypertension is the most common chronic condition treated by family physicians. Elevated blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of heart failure, myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular disease, and death. Treatment of hypertension reduces the risk of these events. Several ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0201/p172.html

Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2011 - Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. It impairs cardiac function and increases the risk of stroke. The incidence of atrial fibrillation increases with age. Key treatment issues include deciding when to restore normal sinus rhythm, when to control rate only, and how...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p61.html

ACIP Releases Guideline on Prevention of Pertussis, Tetanus, and Diptheria in Pregnant ...

Mar 15, 2009 - Two tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccines were licensed in 2005 for use in adults and adolescents in the United States. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0315/p513.html

AAP Releases Guidelines on Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders - Practice ...

Dec 15, 2008 - Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are generally not curable, and long-term management is required. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released guidelines on management of ASDs.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1215/p1399.html

Common Questions About Chronic Low Back Pain - American Family Physician

May 15, 2015 - More than 30% of U.S. adults report having experienced low back pain within the preceding three months. Although most low back pain is nonspecific and self-limiting, a subset of patients develop chronic low back pain, defined as persistent symptoms for longer than three months. Low back...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0515/p708.html

Intrauterine Devices: An Update - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2014 - Three intrauterine devices (IUDs) are available in the United States: the copper T 380A and two levonorgestrel-releasing IUDs, one that releases 20 mcg of levonorgestrel per 24 hours, and one that releases 14 mcg per 24 hours. All are safe and effective methods of contraception that ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0315/p445.html

Top 20 Research Studies of 2015 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

May 1, 2016 - In 2015, a group of primary care clinicians with expertise in evidence-based practice performed monthly surveillance of more than 110 English-language clinical research journals. They identified 251 studies that addressed a primary care question and had the potential to change practice ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p756.html

ACIP Releases 2009 Adult Immunization Schedule - Practice Guidelines - American Family ...

Jan 15, 2009 - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the 2009 recommended adult immunization schedule.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0115/p152.html

AHA Releases Guidelines for Hypertension Management in Adults with or at Risk of CAD - ...

Jul 15, 2008 - The American Heart Association (AHA) Council for High Blood Pressure Research and the Councils on Clinical Cardiology and Epidemiology and Prevention have released guidelines on the management of hypertension in adults with or at risk of coronary artery disease (CAD).

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0715/p270.html

ACIP Releases 2009 Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedules - Practice Guidelines - ...

Jan 1, 2009 - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the 2009 child and adolescent immunization schedules.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0101/p56.html

ACEP Policy on Evaluating Patients with Syncope in the Emergency Department - Practice ...

Aug 15, 2008 - In 2007, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) updated its 2001 clinical policy on assessing patients with syncope in the emergency department. Syncope, which involves a brief loss of consciousness followed by spontaneous recovery, accounts for 1 to 1.5 percent of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0815/p516.html

End-Stage Renal Disease: Symptom Management and Advance Care Planning - American Family...

Apr 1, 2012 - The prevalence of end-stage renal disease continues to increase, and dialysis is offered to older and more medically complex patients. Pain is problematic in up to one-half of patients receiving dialysis and may result from renal and nonrenal etiologies. Opioids can be prescribed ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0401/p705.html

ACP Releases Recommendations for Palliative Care at the End of Life - Practice ...

Nov 1, 2008 - The Clinical Efficiency Assessment Subcommittee of the American College of Physicians (ACP) has released guidelines to improve palliative care for patients with seriously disabling or symptomatic chronic conditions at the end of life.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1101/p1093.html

AHRQ Reviews Management of Gestational Diabetes - Practice Guidelines - American Family...

Nov 15, 2008 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) systematically reviewed the literature on the management of gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is one of the most common complications of pregnancy, affecting about 7 percent of pregnancies each year in the United States.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1115/p1217.html

Evaluation of Syncope - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2011 - Syncope is a transient and abrupt loss of consciousness with complete return to preexisting neurologic function. It is classified as neurally mediated (i.e., carotid sinus hypersensitivity, situational, or vasovagal), cardiac, orthostatic, or neurogenic. Older adults are more likely to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0915/p640.html

The Spiritual Assessment - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2012 - More than 80 percent of Americans perceive religion as important. Issues of belief can affect the health care encounter, and patients may wish to discuss spirituality with their physician. Many physicians report barriers to broaching the subject of spirituality, including lack of time ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p546.html

CDC Updates Guidelines on Influenza Immunization for 2008-09 Season - Practice ...

Oct 15, 2008 - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated recommendations for influenza control for the 2008–09 season.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1015/p996.html

Drug Dosing Adjustments in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease - American Family ...

May 15, 2007 - Chronic kidney disease affects renal drug elimination and other pharmacokinetic processes involved in drug disposition (e.g., absorption, drug distribution, nonrenal clearance [metabolism]). Drug dosing errors are common in patients with renal impairment and can cause adverse effects ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0515/p1487.html

Multiple Sclerosis: A Primary Care Perspective - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2014 - Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common permanently disabling disorder of the central nervous system in young adults. Relapsing remitting MS is the most common type, and typical symptoms include sensory disturbances, Lhermitte sign, motor weakness, optic neuritis, impaired ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1101/p644.html

Common Questions About Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2014 - Developmental dysplasia of the hip is a common musculoskeletal condition in newborns. Infants with developmental dysplasia of the hip, whether treated or untreated, have a higher incidence of early-onset hip osteoarthritis in adulthood. Evidence to support universal screening by ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1215/p843.html

Chlamydia Trachomatis Infections: Screening, Diagnosis, and Management - American ...

Dec 15, 2012 - Chlamydia trachomatis is a gram-negative bacterium that infects the columnar epithelium of the cervix, urethra, and rectum, as well as nongenital sites such as the lungs and eyes. The bacterium is the cause of the most frequently reported sexually transmitted disease in the United ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1215/p1127.html

ACP Guideline Recommends Diagnosis and Management Strategies for COPD - Practice ...

Aug 1, 2008 - The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released a guideline providing recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0801/p401.html

GLAD-PC Steering Group Releases Guidelines for the Management of Adolescent Depression ...

Sep 1, 2008 - The Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC) Steering Group developed the first evidence-based, expert consensus-derived guidelines for the management of adolescent depression by primary care physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0901/p652.html

ACOG Guidelines on Endometrial Ablation - Practice Guidelines - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2008 - In its guidelines for endometrial ablation, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) compare standard resectoscopic endometrial ablation with nonresectoscopic endometrial ablation techniques and devices.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0215/p545.html

Updated ACG Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of GERD - Practice Guidelines - ...

Jun 15, 2005 - The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has updated its guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to reflect the continuing advances in this area.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0615/p2376.html

ACIP Recommends the Use of Tdap in Adults - Practice Guidelines - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2007 - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the routine use of a tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap; Adacel) among adults 19 to 64 years of age who have not already received a dose of Tdap.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0915/p891.html

Management of Bacterial Meningitis: New Guidelines from the IDSA - Practice Guidelines ...

May 15, 2005 - Bacterial meningitis is a neurologic emergency; progression to more severe disease reduces the patient’s likelihood of a full recovery. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has issued new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial meningitis.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0515/p2003.html

AAFP and ACP Release Guideline on Dementia Treatment - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Apr 15, 2008 - A guideline created by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) reviews the data on the effects of pharmacologic treatment of dementia for improving cognition, global function, behavior/mood, and quality of life (QOL)/activities of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0415/p1173.html

CDC Reports on Antimicrobial-Resistant S. Pneumoniae - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Jul 1, 2008 - Treatment of invasive pneumococcal disease caused by infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is complicated by antimicrobial resistance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed surveillance data of invasive pneumococcal disease and examined the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0701/p135.html

ACEP Policy on N-acetylcysteine for Acetaminophen Overdose - Practice Guidelines - ...

May 15, 2008 - A subcommittee of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has released a policy regarding indications for N-acetylcysteine in patients with acetaminophen overdose who can be risk stratified by the Rumack-Matthew nomogram, and for those who cannot.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0515/p1464.html

ACOG Publishes Guidelines on Hemoglobinopathies in Pregnancy - Practice Guidelines - ...

Oct 15, 2007 - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released recommendations for screening and clinical management of hemoglobinopathies during pregnancy. The ACOG estimates that more than 270 million persons worldwide are heterozygous carriers of hereditary disorders of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1015/p1229.html

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Rhinosinusitis in Adults - Practice ...

Dec 1, 2007 - New guidelines from the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery are aimed diagnosing and treating patients with uncomplicated rhinosinusitis.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1201/p1718.html

AAP Guidelines on Evaluating Suspected Child Physical Abuse - Practice Guidelines - ...

May 15, 2008 - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released guidelines on evaluating suspected child physical abuse. The role of the physician includes preventing child abuse and detecting and treating victims of child physical abuse when it occurs.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0515/p1461.html

Care of the Homeless: An Overview - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2014 - Homelessness affects men, women, and children of all races and ethnicities. On any given night, more than 610,000 persons in the United States are homeless; a little more than one-third of these are families. Homeless persons are more likely to become ill, have greater hospitalization ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/p634.html

AHA Guidelines on Cardiac CT for Assessing Coronary Artery Disease - Practice ...

Mar 1, 2008 - The American Heart Association (AHA) has released guidelines for the use of cardiac computed tomography (CT) when evaluating patients for coronary artery disease.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0301/p704.html

CDC Releases Guidelines on Antimicrobial Agents for the Treatment and Postexposure ...

Jul 15, 2006 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines on antimicrobial agents for the treatment and postexposure prophylaxis of pertussis.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0715/p333.html

Diagnosis and Management of Pancreatic Cancer - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2014 - Pancreatic cancer remains the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Risk factors include family history, smoking, chronic pancreatitis, obesity, diabetes mellitus, heavy alcohol use, and possible dietary factors. Because more than two-thirds of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/p626.html

Top 20 Research Studies of 2014 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2015 - A team of primary care clinicians with expertise in evidence-based medicine performed monthly surveillance of more than 110 English-language clinical research journals during 2014, and identified 255 studies that had the potential to change how family physicians practice. Each study was...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p377.html

CDC Recommendations on Prevention and Management of High Blood Lead Levels in Children ...

Apr 15, 2008 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released recommendations on prevention and management of high blood lead levels in children.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0415/p1175.html

FDA Approves Alternative Dosing Schedule for Combined Hepatitis Vaccine - Practice ...

Apr 1, 2008 - In April 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an alternative schedule for the combined hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine Twinrix (GlaxoSmithKline).

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0401/p1026.html

AAN Guideline Reassesses the Use of Neuroimaging in the Evaluation of Seizure - ...

Apr 1, 2008 - The Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has reassessed the use of neuroimaging in patients presenting to the emergency department with seizure.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0401/p1024.html

Cesarean Delivery: Counseling Issues and Complication Management - American Family ...

Feb 1, 2015 - Nearly one-third of all deliveries in the United States are cesarean deliveries. Compared with spontaneous vaginal delivery, cesarean delivery is associated with increased maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Interventions that decrease the chance of a cesarean delivery ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0201/p178.html

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